We have an emerging hands-on workshop program at Tear Cap Workshops. So far, we’ve offered courses in woodworking and stonewall building, as well as educational forestry walks and the Wood Innovators Conference. We have so much more planned for the future ~ please reach out and let us know if you have a request, suggestion, or an idea for a hands-on workshop.
Stone Wall Building
We offered our first stonewall building class in 2018 in partnership with the Stone Trust. For a complete list of their available classes, please see thestonetrust.org
Our next Woodworking class will be coming up at a later date.
This class is a great first step to completing that woodworking project you’ve been dreaming of during Rent-a-Bench hours.
The 6-hour class is a basic introduction to the major power tools in the Community Woodworking Shop: the planer, joiner, table saw, chop saw, and bandsaw. Safety basics and familiarity with our shop equipment are the goals of this one-day class. It will go over the basics of squaring material, making adjustments on the machines, and staying safe while doing it. No previous experience necessary; those with woodworking experience can benefit from this one-day overview, as well as those at the beginner level.
The Community Woodworking Shop
The Community Woodworking Shop is in the former planer building. This 80 by 40 foot space will be the home for all future woodworking classes, short-term bench rentals and community events. Our vision for this space is a four-season hub for creative exploration and hands-on skill building in wood.
We received grant funding from The Maine Community Foundation and the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation to support a Rent-a-Bench Program that will increase community access to woodworking. The concept of the program is to offer a bench, tools, and and maybe a little extra help, to anyone who would like to complete their woodworking project in a community atmosphere.
More information about the Rent-a-Bench Program can be found here: