- 240 Ratings
Open Art Workshop
Determine a project you want to work on and have fun doing it. Get some tips and tricks from the pros along the way.
What You Will Do
- Head to an open workshop where you call the shots, coming and going as you please
- Work with a master crafter that will show you step-by-step how to create something fun and unique
- Choose the project that's right for you, opting for anything dealing with wood to making soap
- Get hooked up with all the proper materials and supplies needed for a successful time in the shop
- Open workshop
- 240 Ratings
I didn’t realize my project would require 2 sessions. That should have been more clear. I would have appreciated an overview of all the steps involved before we got started. The directions on what to do we’re not very clear. More workspace would have been good. Need a more secure place for coats and purses. Overall, I’m happy with the finished project and it is something I will use and show to others. I think the instructors were very talented in woodworking, just needed more teaching skills. I would consider taking additional classes.
Very helpful staff to guide the process.
I didn’t know the project would take several visits, a heads up on that would have been nice as the location is a bit of a drive. The staff was excellent in helping me finish my project and solve issues that came up. A LOT of fun though and I will do another project!
Great concept and wonderfully stocked workshop. Sometimes it was hard to have the guidance and support needed/desired to build something the right way. Often the guidance came after time was wasted (over sanding, waiting to find out the next step, not knowing all the options). Great advice was available, but not always present or timely.
We had a blast! We did think it was a tad too hands off. I think that we had some important info missing when we did our final step to our resin cheese board. But, thank you! We had so much fun.
A little pricey but a great concept
I love the place in terms of the tools available. It's a great resource for the community. However, given the hourly rate to use the tools, I couldn't finish my project there. I felt compelled to use the few ~specialty tools I needed quickly and leave, so that I can use my meager tool selection at home to get the job done at a much more wallet-friendly pace. I found myself working more hastily there than I would have liked--and although I only went there to rough-cut a few pieces, they are rougher than my ability would naturally allow in a more relaxed environment time-wise. I'll probably go back if I have the need for those niche tools again, but otherwise the price is a barrier.
Overall, we had a great experience and made a beautiful table. The wood choices are awesome and the tools are well kept and clean. The one piece of feedback I'd like to share is that we felt that the process was really disorganized. Mainly, we struggled with having someone help us consistently and at one point, the person helping us left and didn't tell us and we were in the middle of a crucial step of our project and needed guidance. The staff is very helpful when they are available, but finding someone who is available was challenging at times.
Staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
Lilly was especially fantastic -she tuned into us on the 2nd day to make our experience memorable. Overall we had an excellent time, and will be recommending I Made It to all our friends. We love our beautiful cutting boards!
Tom was very helpful in finishing up my cutting board! Thanks so much!
We are novice woodworkers, so we needed more direction than was provided. Next time, we will be sure to ask what step-by-step process is needed to complete a nice piece in the shop. We did love it though!
Took my 12 year old daughter too try it out and see if woodworking would be an interest for her. We just dropped in without having attended an orientation (which I would highly recommend doing first) 1 hour before they closed. Place was busy with several other people working on projects but they helped us find a spot to work and helped pick a good project for a 12 year old. She was able to try out a compound miter and band saw with some resin application too. Needless to say Kate had a blast and I was fully impressed at how helpful and accommodating the staff were and we are excited to go back and finish the project.
The staff is very helpful even when you make errors.
Francis is a super nice guy and very helpful and I love and respect what he is doing. Unfortunately, I get the vibe that I don't exactly fit the shop's business model for the target demographic. Because of this, I get a feeling they would just prefer I not be around. I am happy to pay for the service/opportunity, but this attitude is fairly off-putting. Including the 1/4" x 8 ft pine board I took home, I paid $45/hr. I think for that price my patronage should be respected if not appreciated. Then again, this place is pretty much the only place in town that I know of where I can access these tools.