As part of Cork Craft Month and in collaboration with Blackwater Studios, we present “The Connections Project”
Connections seeks to engage a community of makers, from traditional to digital, embracing new methods of making. This group originally coalesced around the Benchspace Open Source PPE response over the early months of covid-19 outbreak in Ireland, many of whom have never met in person. To mark the project, members of the group have again collaborated to design and build a structure around themes of loss, achievement, and future connections. The project culminates with participants meeting finally to assemble the structure on site in the courtyard of Backwater studios where it will remain for the week.
Benchspace is a creative hub in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to hobbyists, learners, makers and designers.
March this year was a month that changed everything for many people, as the seriousness of the impending Covid 19 pandemic began to take hold and businesses around the world began to shut down we saw a number of maker spaces taking action and we at Benchspace wanted to be part of that.
We began our PPE project with just 4 people, it expanded to include 100’s.
Read the full report
Benchspace PPE Project
Unfortunately, given the current situation we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Classes at Benchspace. We however have began our plans to reopen for the public in August and will begin with a few Classes and Open Making sessions then.
We’re plan to be back to full strength in September with a Green Woodworking weekend, Benchspace Bites, Intro to Laser Cutting and our evening courses for the Autumn begin in late Sept/early October.
Our full lineup is available to book now at
We hope to see you all in the workshop as soon as possible.
The Benchspace Team.
The Benchspace Team has made the decison to cease all workshop based activity until April 1st (this may be extended depending on government recommendations)
Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of all our members.
Essential staff may be present in the workshop but please do not disturb for any reason.
In the meantime we have launched a Facebook group for our members to show off any projects they may be working on, ask advice on projects they may be considering
or post and tricks and tips they may have.
You can join here
Take care and we hope to see you all soon. Any questions drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Benchspace Team