Day 1. Set up one of 3 workbenches.
The new home of Left to Right Furniture and DIY Classes. The start of a grand experiment to get tools into uncalloused hands. If you want to help me set up, that’s step #1. #needanamethatplayson1600forthespace. #diy #getdirty (at stephen’s garage)
Ok. Florida was fun. Time to get back to work.
But it’s going to be different. More product oriented than custom oriented. More hands-on experience for clients. More educational. More kinds of projects - bikes, motorcycles, cars, fixing broken shit. More resourceful and reclaimed. More experimental. More emphasis on the process than the end result. More of a grassroots community effort to go from a small group of DIYers to a 15,000sqft facility.
Currently on the hunt for a small space to set up shop in Brooklyn. A ground floor, garage sized space in Gowanus that I can call my own would be ideal. Please contact me if you have any leads and/or if you want to pool resources to set up a space. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m making some big changes in 2014. I’ve decided to take some time off from the furniture game. As some of you know, it has always been a means to an end. The end being to create a community space where people make their own damn stuff (similar to 3rd Ward but with a stronger moral compass and a clearer mission). The means being to practice what I preach so I’m not just a windbag saying all sorts of shit without having ever done it. It’s been a fun ride, but it is time to move on.
Right now, the future entails a break from the grind of NYC. My plan is to pursue fitness and health - things I have let fall by the wayside in 2013, but historically have been my broccoli and kale to living a good life. I am going to head to St. Pete, Florida for a couple months where I have a bunch of good friends who lead active lifestyles. While there I will be reinforcing healthy eating habits, lifting heavy objects, and crossfitting. I’ll also be hustling, just like I’ve done for two years here in Brooklyn.
One of the reasons I’m keen to crossfit is that it will give me a detailed look into what creates a flourishing community. And thus, the stage will be set for an NYC comeback. If you are reading this and are interested in creating a space in Brooklyn like the one pictured, please shoot me an email – email@example.com. It’s going to take a large, team effort to build. A detailed business plan needs to be written. A suitable location needs to be scouted. Money needs to be raised. And the troops need to be rallied!
In the meantime, my social media posts will be more personal in nature. If you’d like to follow along, I’d enjoy your likes and comments!
Cheers to 2014,
Appreciate the write up from A Continuous Lean and Timberland. DIY to NYC!