Introduction: Middle Tennessee Craftsman's Co-op

Our goal is to create an affordable multi-discipline craftsman's co-op providing the tools, materials, and knowledgeable resources for fellow makers and would-be makers to pursue the dying arts of handcraftsmanship. Members of the co-op would be able to learn from other members, teach their arts, and would have access to an online storefront to sell their wares.

Were we to win the $25,000 grand prize in the Jack Daniels Independence Contest we plan to use the money for the following:

- Woodworking tools including lathes, saws, handtools, etc.
- Woodworking materials including hardwoods, softwoods, stains, etc.
- Leatherworking tools including stamps, knives, mallets, etc.
- Leatherworking materials including various leather types, stains, hardware, etc.
- Metalworking tools including forge, hammers, anvils, etc.
- Metalworking materials

Our final goal would be to expand the co-op to include other handcrafting disciplines, including glasswork, pottery, sewing, and other practices. Additionally we would like to provide free seminars to the public, particularly youths, in the desire to grow the interest in old world craftsmanship.

Comments

Pfarmkid (author)2013-02-27

Wow this sounds amazing you can count on me being a customer!

Thanks Pfarmkid

elisegc (author)2012-09-04

This is really cool. I know a lot of people of my generation who really do want to learn these skills, and would love a place like this.

supersoftdrink (author)2012-09-03

Great video and explanation. I love the idea of a co-op like this winning the contest - I wish there was more funding out there for these and the hack-her-spaces.

It definitely goes miles and miles toward more independence, self reliance, innovation, and hands-on learning.

Bill WW (author)2012-09-01

Very nice entry.

I would be a customer; there is no room in my shop to add a lathe! Also, it is typical that many avid craftsmen/hobbists, like me, stay in our original field (woodworking) out of habit and lack of specialized tools for the other crafts.

I would love to do metalworking if I had access to a forge.

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