ShopSpace

ShopSpace Welcome to Shop Space! We're a community shop that provides tools, space, and the knowledge you need to execute your projects. Opening Summer 2016!

THE CONCEPT ShopSpace is a community metal shop that will provide a physical space to support and nurture public interest in arts, crafts and design. The space and programming will be accessible for users with a variety of skill and income levels. The space and organization will evolve based on interest and demand from patrons and supporters, novice to professional. THE SPACE Initial facilities feature a comprehensive metal shop, with a focus in forging and fabricating. Along with the public shop and workspace, classes and private consultation will be offered for all skill levels. ShopSpace will be a staffed, state-of-the-art, well-maintained public workshop. A welcoming and safe environment for its members, ShopSpace will encourage access for all, regardless of skill level. Flexibility and functionality will characterize the physical space, which will include workstations, teaching space, project storage and a tool resource area. Trained staff will be on hand during all open hours: greeting, supervising, supporting and teaching users as needed. As future growth allows, ShopSpace will offer private studio space for people seeking ongoing access to the shop and community it creates. NUTS & BOLTS Group Classes: Initially metalworking classes for 2-5 people at a time. Private Classes: One-on-one time with professional metal workers. Meeting Space: Access to facilities for appropriate professional gatherings (example: ABANA meetings). Consultation: Professional consultation and support on individualized/customized projects. Group Coaching: Negotiable offsite work with groups of students, co-workers or others as team-building exercises.

Mission: ShopSpace is a dynamic community that offers access to tools, space, and the knowledge necessary to build, create, learn, and play. ShopSpace will be a multi-faceted organization with a physical space that celebrates and supports hands-on experiences with crafts that require resources, especially machinery, that are too large or costly to be readily available. We envision a space and culture that embraces all levels of expertise, encourages exploration, and builds connections within the community.

Operating as usual

04/01/2018
JET Masters, Highlight Metal, Jeb Greenstone, Cutworm Specialties

Industrial Depot just started working with ShopSpace! They have a full line of Jet Equipment, Edwards Ironworkers. Its one of the oldest bolt & nut house in the Southeast, but has grown to have full line Fastener, Bolts, Nuts, Hardware & Shop Supplies. Learn more about them at www.theindustrialdepot.com

Check out their video and get inspired! It's the first of their JET Masters series, which focuses on the stories from talented craftsmen and organizations from a broad range of industries.
https://youtu.be/1ygFcne5ZAI

JET is proud to introduce its first season of JET Masters launching today. JET Masters is a bimonthly web series focusing on the amazing stories from talente...

Quick! 2 spaces have opened up in Tuesday March 13th’s Forging Intro class. Sign up before it fills at shopspace.org/sch...
03/12/2018
Class Scheduler

Quick! 2 spaces have opened up in Tuesday March 13th’s Forging Intro class. Sign up before it fills at shopspace.org/scheduler

Come get your hands dirty in forging and #comebuildsomething!

Schedule a class at ShopSpace!

You may imagine that with the dropping temperatures, our nook of Raleigh may fall quiet and calm... Well that would be a...
12/08/2017

You may imagine that with the dropping temperatures, our nook of Raleigh may fall quiet and calm... Well that would be a WRONG assumption! Tonight our workshop filled with heat, energy, and the sounds of grinding and hammering. We just can't stop making! 💪?🔨 Thanks to Dave Nicolay and Bill Knight for teaching our Metal Fabrication and Forging classes tonight 😎

12/02/2017

Today is the open house! Stop by 303 Kinsey st, Raleigh today before 3pm to learn about our exciting plans, tour the space, and get your hands dirty!

So excited to be included in The News & Observer roundup of metalworking classes in the Triangle!http://www.newsobserver...
04/02/2016
Triangle guide to metalworking classes

So excited to be included in The News & Observer roundup of metalworking classes in the Triangle!

http://www.newsobserver.com/living/home-garden/article69277922.html

Come out Saturday, April 16 from noon to 3 p.m. for our Open House; we'd love to show you around! We'll offer blacksmithing demonstrations and give you the chance to try your hand at the forge; one lucky visitor will even win a free class!

We're located at Antfarm Studios at 303 Kinsey St. in downtown Raleigh.

Hope to see you there!

Working with metal is unlike most other crafts. You need heat to manipulate it and often are working with material that requires both expensive tools and safety equipment. Therefore, finding classes can be more challenging than, say, quilting or pottery.

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04/02/2016

ShopSpace's cover photo

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04/02/2016

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Check out Elizabeth Brim tomorrow at the Roundabout!
10/02/2014

Check out Elizabeth Brim tomorrow at the Roundabout!

We helped out Raleighspace.org this weekend building their structure for a parklet that will go on the corner of Hargett...
09/22/2014

We helped out Raleighspace.org this weekend building their structure for a parklet that will go on the corner of Hargett St and Salisbury St in Raleigh.

09/17/2014

Hello! Thanks for visiting ShopSpace. We have just kicked off this campaign to build a community shop for the Triangle area. We are excited about the support we have had so far, but there is a long way to go. Keep in touch here or on shopspace.org for more information on upcoming events or how you can help make this a reality.

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Thanks Bob and Bill for an excellent introduction to forging. As I told you last night, "I'm hooked!"
Thanks to Mary for showing me how to weld! Need much more practice :)
Had a blast at the Fabrication class. Thank, Dave!
Hey, you guys should get a hammer like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKFZPx6Arqk
Thanks for opening up and doing a Monday class tonight. I had an amazing time, and learned a lot about the craft of blacksmithing.