Eric is especially thrilled about the upgrades to studio safety. “In the past, we had ducting that had gotten pretty convoluted and didn’t have efficient airflow,” he explained. “We weren’t able to use it for more than a few machines at a time. Some machines were even using external dust collectors which are bulky and not as practical. With those gone all of the machines now have a centralized dust collection system!”
Director of Programs, Alyssa Stone offered a different perspective. “Being able to have those two spaces running simultaneously will open us up to welcome our students into the classes they are requesting more and more. That expansion allows there to be a little less pressure on one single space.”
Woodworking I student Laura Vogler spends extra class time working on a mitered wooden box, February 23, 2021.
With more space, faculty don’t have to worry about students navigating around dangerous machinery and the improved ducting and wiring allows them to use multiple machines at once. Our most recent Woodworking I students left the class with more projects than anticipated thanks to the improved efficiency of the studio.
But it’s not just the Woodworking classes benefitting from the move. The new location of the ARC studio next to our Oxy-acetylene torch cutting stations has already made teaching easier and more efficient. “ARC and oxy-acetylene are almost always intertwined,” said Vanessa, “so this move enables the teacher to be in one place, not running between two studios.”
This weekend, students in our Woodturning I class will be the first to use the lathes in their new, permanent location. The many facility upgrades done by our talented studio team have been the silver lining of our COVID-19 closure. We can’t wait to see the great work our community will create in these new and improved spaces.