We are so excited to announce the launch of our Building Arts mobile workshop. This project has been a year+ in the making and a dream of our Director's for many years. The mobile arts workshop will allow the Craft School to take on more building scale projects, support artists on installations, help us venture out into the community with mobile classes and events, and open up more opportunities for collaboration with all kinds of partners. The first initiative of the program, Building Arts, is this mobile makerspace designed and built over the past 6 months. The trailer is outfitted with everything needed for mobile woodworking classes, community design build and volunteer carpentry projects, tech and digifab demos and supporting wide variety of other creative endeavors across Chittenden county and beyond. With solar on the roof and a battery bank powering tool battery chargers and corded tools such as our table saw, planer and laser cutter, we are truly a mobile workshop that can meet the people, materials, or ideas where they are. We are also excited to introduce digital fabrication technologies such as 3D Printing and CNC Laser Cutting to the Craft School, blending traditional techniques with newer methods.
We hosted a woodworking children and family event in July with Shelburne Farms, which was a huge hit! Participants toured the mobile workshop and jumped into woodworking using traditional hand tools such as hand planes and draw knives...and got a workout sanding wood from the Farm.
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters the Kate Jennings Trust, Rice Lumber and Aubuchon/Stanley tools. Thank you to all our teammates, friends and Craft School staff & Board who brought this vision to life!