This Summer OPENSOURCE Art will hold a weekly evening workshop for making home products out of reclaimed materials from the Champaign-Urbana community. OPENSOURCE will have a basic wood shop set up with experienced people in shop to assist with using the tools and a wide range of waste materials in stock. Participants are also invited to bring in their own reclaimed material and tools. Let's get together and make some beautiful products out of waste from our area!

OPENworkshop will take place Wednesday nights from 7-10pm. Additional meetings will be added as needed.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Reclaim Your Palate" Spice Rack

It's been more than two years since OPENworkshop, but I realized that there weren't any pictures of my completed spice rack, so I decided to take some.

More photos of the spice rack can be found here, on flickr.

Also, I wrote up a little description of the process on my D.I. Wine & Dine blog.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Interstate Sign Coasters

This weekend I came down to Champaign to visit and had a chance to stop in OPENworkshop and build some stuff with Louis. I decided to cut out some "Interstate Sign" shaped drink coasters to go along with the Illinois shelf I made earlier in the summer. It felt good to get back in there and make stuff. I think that OPENworkshop is a great opportunity for people to make stuff without spending a bunch of money, but also to use junk materials to make something new. It was also great to come back after being gone for a while and seeing all the cool products people made.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Chameleon sushi rack

Small crowd at the workshop this week but we're all making good progress on our projects. I'm making a bench from this sushi sign. Eric is still working on his spice rack and Mike is nearly finishing up his chameleon cage.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Shop is Hoppin

Things are really starting to roll at the OPENWorkshop. Everyone is making lots o progress with their projects. Their was a really good atmosphere of everyone taking turns with tools and sharing advice and help. And we even blew out the lights a couple of times (which is what happens when you have 4 power tools running into one power strip I s'pose).
Thanks to Carol Jo for taking the pics and bringing in all the fabric!

Eric working hard on his privacy screen.

Fred is whipping up something special.

Eleanor is working on a TV stand.

Pat and Mike working on Mike's Chameleon cage.

Zoe sawin table legs

Friday, July 20, 2007

Illinois Shelf

I completed the Illinois shelf! The craftsmanship is pretty poor in some places, but I think it should get the job done. Here are some pictures.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Workshop CANCELLED for this week 7-18-07

For those of you who are not on our mailing list I wanted to let you know that OPENworkshop will not be happening this Wednesday due to an Open Critique taking place at the same time at OPENSOURCE Art. If you would like to participate in the Open Critique at OPENSOURCE Art check out this link: Open Critique

Friday, July 13, 2007

Back In Action

After rain delay, 4th of July celebrations and people being out of town OPENworkshop was back at it this week. Louis has kept hard working on his shelves which look really nice. Fred came in to work on his project and I almost finished up my Illinois shelf. I think all the tools are up and running now so we have a fully functioning guerrilla wood shop if anyone would like to come build things. Louis made some nice fliers which should be popping up around town so hopefully we can gain more interest and have some new people come to OPENworkshop and try building something. Check out the images from this week.