WHAT IS HATCHSPACE?
HatchSpace is a membership workspace in Brattleboro Vermont where craftspeople - beginning with woodworkers – exercise, share and move toward mastery of their craft. The best of membership work will be displayed and offered for sale in a public HatchSpace Gallery.
The HatchSpace operates as a community resource and craft school by subscription or membership for the use of local craftspeople, tuned to woodworking in the beginning and incorporating other crafts areas over time.
It will provide on-site training and support, stationary machines not available to the beginner or home hobbyist, and eventually, access to other disciplines such as upholstery, ceramics, glass, metal, and leather. The space provides a gathering place for area craftspeople to learn, exchange knowledge, ideas and fellowship.
HatchSpace will offer access to locally sourced materials and direction to a wide range of regional resources.
WHAT DOES HATCHSPACE OFFER?
The first phase of HatchSpace is a state of the art woodworking shop. Members can work on our machines and order materials they need. Introductory classes are offered. Safety training is required.
Master classes in a range of techniques and disciplines will be offered by Guild of Vermont master furniture makers and other visiting master craftspeople. Mentoring of members at all levels of expertise will be ongoing through the community created by a shared workspace. Paid private instruction will also be available to members.
The HatchSpace Gallery
HatchSpace Gallery will be a cooperative retail business engaged in the display, marketing, selling and commissioning of the very best work of master wooden fine art and furniture makers in and around Vermont. The masters and other invited artists and craftspeople will be made available to the community through storytelling, lectures and workshops conducted at the associated work space.
As of January 24th the HatchSpace is in the final stages of fitting up the shop for general member use. All machines are onsite and in place and what remains are the tune-ups and dust collection ducting.
We don't expect to open before February 1st, and not long after. Our 22 founding members are welcome to come in at any time to look around and we wouldn't say no to a lending hand!
General membership subscriptions are now available. Click here to get your place in HatchSpace.
2019-21 - HatchSpace will pursue additional mentorship and training programs through outside organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, BUHS Career Center, Vermont Technical College, and area employers of skilled trades workers.
2019-21 - Facilitate collaborative events with the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center’s ancient objects collection by hosting academics studying the origins of handmade craft while providing hands-on exercises in the crafts themselves.
HOW DOES HATCHSPACE DO THIS?
Through the generosity of Dave Snyder and Sara Coffey of Guilford Sound, Stan Richards of Dallas, TX, Jim Harvey of Seattle, local supporters: Bo Foard, Temple Petersen, Larry Cassidy, Bruce Berg, Seth Harter and Tom Bodett and Rita Ramirez HatchSpace has been able to secure space for its first year. We've been able to gather and install the needed equipment through cash contributions, a line of credit at Brattleboro Savings & Loan, and the contributions of many local woodworkers, most notably . Nathan Rupard, Greg Goodman, Tom Franks, Claude Blazej, Jim Mahoney, Harry Saxman and many others.
The immediate focus is on enrolling members, signing commercial underwriting and securing private and public grants to further equip and secure the facility.
HatchSpace will operate as a mission of The Hatch, Inc. non-profit corporation managing both the workspace and the gallery space. A board of not less than three directors along with an executive director will be responsible for the management, marketing and fiscal health of the endeavor with assistance from the membership.
In addition to a safe, supportive workspace HatchSpace will:
Hatch Space is located in a 5000 square foot space adjacent to the new Mocha Joe’s roasting facility at 35 Frost St. The gallery space will occupy a portion of the 1000 square feet in the front of the building adjacent to the Mocha Joe’s training center and tasting room. There will also be temporary pop-up gallery viewings in other downtown locations, including the Latchis Gallery next to the Latchis Theater through the 2018/19 winter season.