Pop up Workshops
Workshops are great – I really enjoy doing them. I organise them on a pretty regular basis so if you’d like to sign up then go for it by filling in the info below.
If you have a space and a group of people I can come to you – big fan of proactivity right here. Do you want to do it next week end in your backyard/coffee shop/laundromat and have between 5 and 10 friends who are keen? Then call me. It can happen.
Corporate workshops are also available – I have a background in Project Management and this workshop is one of the better team building exercises I’ve done. I will bring everything to you including my Public Liability to keep your OH&S division happy & content.
This workshop revolves around the idea of creating Open Source Furniture and comes from my own learning curve over the past couple of years.
When I started I found most plans called for tools I didn’t have. Table saws and jointers and routers. There also seemed to be these holes in the instructions where it was assumed I knew what I was doing.
What I did have was 2 drills, a hammer, a dangerous saw and a loose idea – I’d seen a chair before. I also just really wanted to build something.
I started to develop ways of making furniture using tools that most people have and out of materials that most people can get their hands on.
Give a person a chair and they will sit, teach them how to make a chair and they’ll build a throne.
The Open Source focus of this workshop means we’ll use a design that can be shared, modified, mutilated and reinvented with no copyright issues or hurt feelings.
The plans for the work shop are licensed under a Creative Commons license, so go nuts. Use them as is or remix them as you like. Let them be a spring board for developing your own pieces.
You can modify these works/plans and continue to share them – it saves the trouble (not to mention questionable legality/morality) of reverse-engineering high-end pieces of furniture or the brain hurt of converting imperial into metric.
The questions below are mainly about tools, access to wood and experience. Please don’t let a lack of tools or experience put you off the project – I have a bit of both and we’ll be fine.
Have a look at the Fremantle Festival Workshop if you’d like to get a sense of what was made and the smiles that came out of it.
Thanks for having a look,