Designer In Residence – Avian Evans-White
Commencing mid October, we are delighted to announce that the first ever Benchspace Designer in Residence will be Avian Evans-White.
Avian is a designer & craftsman, who graduated from Rycotewood Furniture Centre (Oxford) in 2017. He finds functional and honest solutions to modern day needs, using local materials. He strives to reduce environmental impact, whilst simultaneously improving comfort and practicality, resulting in a mindful aesthetic. By avoiding the use of synthetic glues/finishes and applying a low-waste methodology, his designs allow materials to maintain their natural life-cycles. This approach utilises modern, batch-production techniques alongside traditional low-tech processes. Having had a wide variety of experiences in woodwork, Avian’s practical and considered approach has rewarded him with many accolades.
Benchspace is an exciting new space in Cork City established to provide equipment and work space to individual makers, designers and small businesses. Just as important as the equipment is the community we are building around the space.
Annual membership of Benchspace Cork is now open. The cost is just €50 for 12 months from signup (plus a small Eventbrite fee).
Membership of Benchspace Cork CLG for 12 months.
then Make It Yourself
If you have a project you want to work on, then as a member you can book time in the workshop to make it yourself. We’ll have an experienced maker on hand to supervise and give advice.
Next session Saturday 11 August, 9:30 – 1:30.
Have an idea for a furniture piece?
Or, maybe a space that needs something special?
The talented furniture makers at Benchspace can help.
The first step is to start a conversation.
Have your say on what the Benchspace Creative Hub should be, complete our short questionnaire
Benchspace exists to allow makers turn their passions into their professions. If you want to start your own fine woodworking business then we’d like to help to providing space and equipment at an affordable price. Instead of many individual bills, we charge one fee to cover all of your machine, space, power, waste and workshop insurance costs. We work hard to keep this fee as small as possible.
A great way to learn or improve is through our classes which range from beginner to advanced machining. Most of our longer classes are in the evenings but we also have some weekend events over the summer. We supply all of the tools and materials to get you making. We keep the classes nice and small so everyone gets the help they need, and all of our friendly instructors are qualified and experienced furniture or cabinet makers.
Look out for our Autumn schedule coming soon. Note the becoming a member means you get advance notice of classes coming up and a 10% discount when booking.
Join Us on Culture Night
Friday September 21st from 5pm
Benchspace is a not for profit organisation whose main goal is to provide access to workbench space and professional standard machinery to support furniture makers and designers, particularly to recent graduates and early career professionals. It also aims to promote a culture of making and design in Cork, from beginner to professional, from traditional to technology based.
The organisation is run on a voluntary basis, and gratefully accepts contributions of time, equipment or funding to further its goals. Is there a way you can get involved?