Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network — “BARN”—is a non-profit formed to build and operate an artisan center on Bainbridge Island. We’re currently operating out of a temporary facility in Bainbridge Island’s Rolling Bay neighborhood.
BARN’s planned facility will have well-equipped community workshops for traditional and 21st century crafts, ranging from metalworking, fiber arts and cooking to building robots and using 3-D printers or laser cutters to make complex parts. There will be classes for all skill levels, as well as open studio time where people can learn informally from one another while working on personal and community service projects.
BARN has purchased property on the island. Johnpaul Jones, an internationally known Bainbridge architect, and his firm, Jones & Jones, are developing the plans along with PHC Construction.
When craft is the common language, seasoned veterans and people just starting out have a lot to learn from one another. Members of Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop, a BARN founder, and students at Bainbridge High School have seen the results as Woodshop members have volunteered to help in the school shop. Here, Peter Eddy gives a few wood turning tips to student Jonathan Gallivan.