The Toliam Homestead WoodCraft Workshops started as an idea when my woodworking customers kept telling me I should teach this stuff. Now, as many woodworkers would know, you don’t set up your workshop to take on students so I started thinking about how I would do this and researching to see if there were any classes or workshops being run in Canberra already. I couldn’t find much so there was definitely a gap in this market.
I have a large 6 x 6 m workshop currently with an open bay the same size attached (all part of the one shed). My plan is to enclose that open area and lay a new cement slab, electrical and lighting then set up 6 workstations, shelving and a teaching station in that space to allow me to host workshops for up to 6 participants and teach them the basics of woodcraft, including lathe work (wood turning). This leaves the original workshop as my personal workspace and I will keep the bigger machines there for more advanced students and Club members.
Oh, yeah, the other idea my customers had was offering a WoodCraft Club, like a gym, where members could book in to use the facilities without attending a class. Particularly for those who live in an apartment or just don’t have room at home to set up a workshop of their own. So, part of my WoodCraft offering is also the Club, giving members an opportunity to pay by the month or purchase 3, 6 or 12 month memberships (with additional benefits the longer the membership) to allow exactly that option.
At this time, I am looking to raise funds to build the workshop and fit it out for classes. You can see the types of pieces I will be teaching how to make on my website www.toliamhomestead.com.au
Thank you for your time in considering my project.
WoodCraft Club Monthly Membership - $55
One Month of WoodCraft Club Membership which provides you with access to 1 x 2 hour session and member only specials on materials.
WoodCraft Workshop - $220
One WoodCraft Workshop class (includes 2 x 2 hour sessions) at Concession pricing.
WoodCraft Workshop Supercharged - $550
Two WoodCraft Workshop classes plus 3 month WoodCraft Club membership (total value $605)
Supercharge the Workshop- $6000
Our stretch goal is to purchase additional equipment for the Club member workshop (additional dust extractor, drum sander, second bandsaw and second thicknesser, jointer) which will allow us to cater to more members and more advanced projects sooner rather than later.