...at the Woodspace UK - A Woodworking Space for Everyone
A wooden paddle-making course at The Woodspace UK - a new venture in Exeter, founded by Martin Lammers, a professional joiner and traditional boat builder - is proving attractive to people who are enjoying mastering the complex but learnable craft of making an efficient and beautiful-looking wooden paddle.
Martin says: ‘Paddle-making can be a great way of self-expression with many different shapes and styles available to suit any waterman. A paddle that you have crafted to suit your chosen pursuit, paddling style and size, is something to keep, treasure and enjoy for the rest of your life.’
The Woodspace UK is a social enterprise providing flexible and affordable access to professional workshop space and equipment to support small businesses, freelance and hobby wood workers.
As Martin adds: ‘We aim to be the best woodworking space in the south-west of England, by providing safe and efficient brand-new machinery in a well organised clean, tidy and bright space. We welcome all woodworkers, fine furniture makers, cabinet makers, designers and crafters to our spacious, comfortable, warehouse in Marsh Barton, Exeter. There is also a fully equipped kitchen enabling woodworkers using the facilities to make hot drinks and light meals.’
The paddle-making course is a regular two-day event at The Woodspace UK. Course members create and shape a paddle customised to their needs. This is great for a woodworker at any level from the novice to the advanced.’
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‘Had a great weekend at The Woodspace UK doing the paddle-making course, the workshop is amazing and the guidance and teaching is second to none. I came home with a beautiful paddle and woodworking knowledge that I plan to use in future. Would recommend to anyone.’ Ed 2018
People who want to use The Woodspace UK’s facilities join the community for a modest membership charge. All members have access to the full range of professional woodworking machines, a work bay with bench space, 240v power and compressed air as well as a staff room, office and WiFi.
As Martin explains: ‘Annual membership at The Woodspace UK gives you access to all the facilities and sets you up with inductions and training for the workshop and its machinery. It also provides you with a host of community benefits including promotion via the website and social media.’
He adds: ‘Once you are a member of The Woodspace UK use of the facilities is pay-as-you-go. This means you can scale-up or scale-down access to a professionally equipped wood workshop space and machinery to suit your needs.’
Martin’s love of woodworking started in his teens. Having spent much of his life sailing and working on classic yachts across the world, carpentry has always been all around him. After studying Naval Architecture in Southampton and then traditional boat building in Lyme Regis, Martin went on to work across the south-west on a wide range of projects. This included creating one-off art pieces, working as a joiner on large luxury yachts and restoring traditional boats in a range of sizes.
The Woodspace UK
7 Swallow Units,
See their website at www.thewoodspaceuk.com
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