Benchspace’s Designer in Resident 2020 Élise Rousselot shared her amazing knowledge about furniture design with us in a presentation about “An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century.
If you missed the event last Friday and/or would like to hear more about the eras influenced cabinet making in France and the materials & tools that were available at the time, you can watch the recording of the talk here:
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.
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.