Community Woodshop

wood model of the woodshop

Imagine a 400 square foot room containing a monstrous 102-year old radiator, 4-foot tall fan, broken windows, and ugly green paint. You might think: nightmare. But for a small group of woodworking enthusiasts, they thought: community woodshop!

It all started with the vision of two neighborhood friends (their kids played on the same soccer team) who wanted to create a community woodshop that would provide a place for all to create.  “I had been looking for a community and space to support my love for building things and a place that is accessible for people like me and my family,” says Emily Li, one of the founding members of the Community Wood Shop.

That vision is coming to fruition through a pilot program* at the PNA with help of volunteers like Mark Schiller, founding Community Wood Shop member, longtime PNA member, and past board member who says “The PNA is a very unique organization that builds community relationships of all kinds in a grassroots manner and is largely self-funded/sustained.”

Renovation of the 400-square foot space affectionately called the “Clubhouse” (north end of the PNA brick building) began in May 2019 with the removal of the radiator, fan, old ducting, and broken windows.

With the help of a committed and talented team of volunteers, the space is now uncluttered, freshly painted, and filled with lots of natural light from the restored windows.

Although the shop is not ready to open its doors to the public, it already feels warm, welcoming, and inspiring. Our next steps involve acquiring necessary shop tools and equipment, recruiting volunteers to become Shop Stewards, and sourcing community members to teach classes. If all goes as planned, we will be opening our doors in fall 2019.

There is a place for everyone at the Community Woodshop, from experts to people who have no experience. It is our intent to create a space that builds and supports a broad community of fabrication and woodworking members who are enthusiastic about learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring one another with creativity, skill, and community service.

Before
Woodshop before pictire

After
woodshop after picture

 

Woodshop FAQ

Upcoming Classes

Make Your Own Kalimba – Finger Piano (all levels)  – Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 am – 1 pm | Details & Register 

Woodworking for Women – Create a Woven Seat Stool (all levels) – Saturday, Nov 23, 11 am – 2 pm | Details & Register

 

Calendar

November 9 –   Build a Kalimba / 10 am—1 pm – Register Online

November 16 –   Open 9 am— 2 pm

November 23 –  Women Woodworkers / 11 am—2 pm SOLD OUT

November 30 – Closed for holiday

December 7 –  Open 9 am—2 pm / Scroll saw demonstration

December 14 – Open 9 am—2 pm

December 21 –  Closed for holidays

December 28 – Closed for holidays

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Shop Steward: Supervise shop users during open hours with a focus on safety and correct use of equipment and tools
  • Shop Renovator: Short-term shop projects such as building workbenches, painting walls, repairing tools
  • Class Instructor: Share your knowledge and creativity with shop users

To  sign up to volunteer or get more information, contact Krissie Dillin, Program Director at [email protected] or 206.784.2244

 

Our dedicated Community Woodshop Planning Committee members

Emily Li, Frank Martin, Mark Schiller, David Means, David Barden, Kevin Kane, Bill Fenimore, Eric Jusino, Krissie Dillin

 

Thank you to our Woodshop sponsor!