Hobbyist looking for a space to not make firewood

  • June 27, 2018 11:00 AM
    Message # 6345410

    Hi everyone! I just joined this guild as a hobbyist (beginner). I am moving to the south Boston area and I do not have a shop space. I am looking to get advice on whether shared work spaces are available where I can have access to a table and band saws, planer and good company if possible to do weekly projects. I am a very eager beginner to both woodworking and to the milieu of woodworking. Any pointers much appreciated! 

    PS: thanks for accepting me unto EMGW!

  • June 28, 2018 4:41 PM
    Reply # 6348608 on 6345410
    welcome aboard!

    Shop space in the city is very limited to say the least. I know a few spaces but most of those are full and more geared towards professionals. 

    you might try some of the maker spaces,  somerville, framingham and lowell. the last couple would require driving, i'm sure there are others

    check craigslist, the guy across the street might have a space available in stow MA.

  • June 28, 2018 6:29 PM
    Reply # 6348705 on 6345410
    Don Michael (Administrator)

    First, welcome to the Guild. It’s a great place to meet like-minded folks of all skill and experience levels. 

    Shop space is hard to come by. You might look for coarses, workshops and open workshop time at area adult ed programs, often held at high schools and regional vocational schools. I’m not aware of any woodworking schools south of Boston. North Bennett Street School in Boston is one of the finest in the world and does have one day to two week workshops.

    There is also classes at Woodcraft in Walpole. Just remember that your goal is an education, not just buying tools.

    Or start with something you can make with a table, a few clamps and a few hand tools like gift and jewelry boxes, cutting boards and small shelving units. Perhaps carving.

    Asbyou’ Probably noticed, the Guild goes quiet from mid-June to mid-September, except for the Furniture Interest Group. It’s probably a bit of a drivr, but you are certainly welcome to come to the FIG meeting in Stow next month. In the meantime, feel free to contact any of the officers or mentors listed in the Guild’s website for ideas.

  • June 29, 2018 12:01 PM
    Reply # 6350168 on 6345410

    Before I had a shop space, I went to the Eliot School open shop. You can work on whatever you want.  It gets you  access to pretty much any tool you might need and there are instructors around for advice if you get stuck on something.  But it only gives you a 3hr window once a week though.


  • June 29, 2018 9:14 PM
    Reply # 6350863 on 6345410

    Thanks for welcoming me to the guild and thank you all for this information! I will certainly look at courses and once we're settled I'll try make it to one of the meet-ups! 

  • July 01, 2018 8:43 PM
    Reply # 6354277 on 6345410

    Take a look at The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain www.eliotschool.org.  Besides offering basic woodworking and project specific courses, they have several sections of Open Workshop for people who are advanced beginner to advanced intermediate woodworkers.  In the Open Shop you do your own projects with support where needed from two instructors in a class of about eight.

    Brookline Adult Ed also has evening classes for various levels of woodworkers.

    I have attended both schools and recommend them. 

  • July 01, 2018 9:48 PM
    Reply # 6354291 on 6345410
    Don Michael (Administrator)

    Since you’re on the South Shore, take a look at Woodcraft walpole’s website. Mickey Callahan, who is an excellent instructor, is running quite a series of workshops from a few hours long to more than a week. 

  • July 02, 2018 3:16 PM
    Reply # 6356384 on 6345410

    I had forgotten about the lexington arts and crafts guild.

  • July 03, 2018 11:15 AM
    Reply # 6358475 on 6345410

    Thanks for the recent replies! I will definitely look into these options! Just got a place to stay with a complete garage, so may be time soon to invest in some equipment and make a shop too! The courses look very helpful, however! 

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