The wood and boatbuilding studio in BARN’s new center will be a state-of-the-art facility when it opens in spring 2017.  It will have an enclosed bench room of 1,050 square feet for hand tool use and a main shop area of 3,500 square feet equipped with all major power tools, a downdraft sanding table, multiple lathes, and an area dedicated to repairing and building small boats. Read more about our wonderful new shop.

Shaped by the vision of Roger Lauen, this will be a true community woodshop, welcoming woodworkers of all skill levels from throughout the West Sound. Beginners will find all the training they need, and seasoned woodworkers will have access to tools that even many professional shops lack, as well as opportunities to share their knowledge with others.

BARN’s temporary woodshop in the Rolling Bay neighborhood on Bainbridge Island closed at the end of November 2016 so  volunteers could began moving equipment to the new center. The woodshop, completed before the rest of the building, will be used first for a major hands-on BARN-raising project: building 300-plus cabinets needed in the new building. More than 100 people have already signed up to help — and we can use more. Volunteer crews will be limited at first because of constraints related to the overall construction schedule, but the work will expand after mid-February.

Benefits of getting involved

  • BARN offers open studio time for members to work alone or in groups, overseen by experienced monitors available to problem solve and assist you.
  • The studio hosts monthly presentations by guest speakers on unique aspects of woodworking and boat construction.
  • As a part of BARN you have access to other studios as a resource for cross discipline projects and creativity.
  • Whether you are building a personal project or assisting in one of our many community service endeavors, the BARN woodworkers’ studio is designed to teach, support and energize your love of woodworking.