A Petri Dish

by Peter D on January 5, 2017

This is the next installation of our series on designing a “Creative Collaborative” with a number of partners in our new building on Hamilton Avenue.  The first installation is here. As the early partners of the Creative Collaborative we have stood in front of a spectrum of choices.  Under what model of collaboration do we […]


Designing a Collaborative

by Peter D on August 26, 2016

We opened our doors 4 years ago this summer.  It’s been fits and starts.  It’s been bootstrapped and scrappy.  But it’s been phenomenal.  We’re proud of the businesses that have moved OUT and into their own spaces.  We’re proud of the amazing projects created by noobie woodworkers, whether retirees, young professionals or community members.  We’re […]


Little Hands, Big Projects! (New Classes)

October 25, 2015

Kids and parents welcome to join us for a new series of classes!

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The Thinner It Gets, The Thinner It Gets

October 18, 2014

We had the Cohort of Educators in the woodshop this morning.  That’s 8 educators (Sean, Karen, Julie, Christy, Morgan, Jeremy, Tom, Vicki), each working on their own furniture-build.  Two other woodshop members were in the shop and had periodic questions.  Jim was coming in from Chicago and wasn’t going to be there right at 9am.  […]

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Incremental. Its Visceral.

October 16, 2014

“We follow a path of discovery, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work.” – James Krenov When you’re in the weeds of a designing and building a piece of furniture – like a lot of things in life – it’s hard to remember that you’re the first person ever […]

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We’re Teachers Here. But It’s Our Soulcraft, Too

September 25, 2014

Since its inception, Jim and I have considered Soulcraft to be more than a woodworking shop or a “makers space.”  Indeed, our very name was a testament to the somewhat romantic yet sincere desire to create a space that was more than a venue for developing a set of skills or a place to make […]

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An Academic Curriculem through Making?

September 7, 2014

In the midst of sawdust and on breaks from cutting and shaping, some pretty gnarly conversations spring up at Soulcraft. You never know where they could go. Sometimes, you find John Dewey with a chisel in his hand… This conversation was with Sean Wheeler: a high school teacher (recently at Lakewood High School), who is […]

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Classes and Projects

January 25, 2014

With the new year, it seems the shop is entering a new phase of maturity.  With no less than 8 folks utilizing the shop to grow their own furniture design/make companies, numerous general public members and a constant influx of students, there are new projects sprouting daily.  Here’s a look at just a few of the projects […]

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A life of its own

November 25, 2013

At a certain point, after you’ve put mounds of passion and time into a thing, it begins to take on a life of its own.  Especially when there is a potpourri of dynamic (often quirky) people involved.  Far from being solely the direct product of Jim and my prodding and shaping, the shop has begun […]

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Shop Improvements: A corner, a reprieve and a bear

February 11, 2013

As more and more folks are making use of the shop, we’re continuing to find ways to improve our space and tools.  Here’s the latest: 1) A new “Turner’s Corner”.  Unlike most tools in the shop, which you might use a few minutes at a time, one spends hefty chunks of time sitting (or standing) […]

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