Citizen Carpentry Community Workshop & Tool Share (Canceled)
Citizen Carpentry Community Workshop & Tool Share (Canceled)
Citizen Carpentry is building community around a shared workspace and on-site learning opportunities.
Citizen Carpentry is building community around a shared workspace and on-site learning opportunities. Read more
About this project
At Citizen Carpentry, we build community around a shared woodworking shop.
Our workshop is almost complete! We've been putting up walls and getting our storage built out over the last 5 months, and this final push will allow us to operate on our own hours and offer shop time and classes in the evenings.
We're dedicated to increasing public access to tools and space to work.
Teaching and sharing skills.
- On-site training and workshop access for people to earn and learn.
- Lowering barriers to access for community members to accomplish their goals.
Keeping St. Louis' resources out of the landfill.
- Utilizing salvaged material and repurposing waste wood to create unique elements within our projects.
- Showcasing what is possible with a sustainability-focused practice.
Maintaining our city's unique built environment.
- Restoration of historic elements of St. Louis homes such as antique window repair and door installations.
- Finish carpentry, plaster wall repairs, and custom built bookshelves and cabinetry.
Creating sustainable products and spaces.
- Engaging a network of local partners to prevent the flight of money to large corporations.
- Custom installations for local businesses, organizations, and homeowners.
We need your help to finish building out our shop in its new location. We share building space with Refab STL, an amazing non-profit providing skills training to former combat veterans by deconstructing old buildings in and around St. Louis. These materials are then processed and stored for resale in the historic 40,000 square foot building along Route 66, which houses Citizen Carpentry’s new workshop.
We have to purchase a macerating toilet for our bathroom, since the floor drain is too small for a traditional toilet. This also utilizes a greywater system, further reducing our environmental impact.
We're expanding the capacity of our shop, facilitating mutual aid networks and resource recovery opportunities in St. Louis. We want open, community access to the Citizen Carpentry shop, and that starts with the physical space. With our own dedicated bathroom, cleaning station, and kitchen, we'll be able to offer our members a more welcoming and inclusive work environment, and healthy food choices for our apprentices.
Citizen Carpentry aims to be the first worker-owned woodworking co-operative of its kind in the Midwest, encouraging community members, artists, and entrepreneurs to utilize our shop for their work. We have the chance to be a hub of creative revitalization, recycling, and skill-sharing in a city sorely lacking in opportunities.
Through this campaign, you can help us grow in a number of ways:
- Sharing and getting the word out is critical to our success
- Pledging to buy some of our unique products and offerings
- St. Louis folks can become Members at our shop
Membership (St. Louis locals)
Our Membership platform will help fund Apprenticeships for those who've previously faced barriers to employment.
Our Individual Memberships will be offered at two levels.
- A Basic Membership will cost $90/month and will include shop access during member hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12pm to 6pm, up to a total of 15 hours/month, as well as bi-weekly consulting to discuss your project. We'll make sure you have help on hand to accomplish your goals with us.
- A Sustaining Membership will cost $160/month and will include everything listed above plus access to storage and unlimited hours in the shop during member hours. If you aren't able to regularly use the shop but want to support our work and have access in the future, this membership level can act like a savings pool - we will roll your monthly payments as credit for projects up to $600.
Our Business Membership is a versatile tool for any small business.
- Our Business Membership will cost $250 per month and is for local businesses who need handyman services and small project help. Want to build a new retail display? We'll come to you with our Apprentice to take stock of your project, and you'll get priority booking.
- We recognize that not every business needs projects regularly, so this membership level can also act like a savings pool - we will roll your monthly payments as credit for projects up to $1000.
- This means that your business could plan out and execute seasonal updates, or if you're operating out of an older building, you'll have the peace of mind that someone you trust can come get the job done right, quickly.
Sustaining and Business Members will get to know our Apprentices through workshop hours and on-site training as we teach each other how to improve our built environment. We also offer seasonal Trainee positions as work allows, which are more focused sessions centered around specific projects.
LET'S DO THIS!
With an improved workspace and added memberships, we hope to engage with more community partners in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. We've paid Jacob Berkowitz to create our video and our shop has allowed us to create frames and other work for local artists.
Why this can work.
Our neighbors have already come through in big ways - Citizen Carpentry recently gained our first Business Member, Strange Folk Festival, bringing a laser cutter to the shop for prototyping, pattern-making, design work, and all sorts of things.
We teach classes at Perennial STL, another great local non-profit pushing creative reuse.
For individual clients, we've offered restoration of historic elements of St. Louis homes such as antique window repair, door installations, custom-built cabinetry, and more.
We make frames for area artists and have provided fabrication services for local and international artists in collaboration with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Other clients include South City Art Supply, The Luminary, Blank Space, Paul Art Space, Parkway North School District, TechArtista, Refab STL, US Department of Arts & Culture, Artivists STL, Civic Creatives, The Cowry Collective, Dutchtown South Community Corporation, Organization for Black Struggle, Cherokee Street Business Assocation, VSA Missouri, Solidarity Economy STL, Oak Hill Elementary School, and the Pink House in Pagedale, MO.
Risks and challenges
The funds from this campaign will go towards paying licensed plumbers and electricians to do the rough-in work for our new bathroom and kitchen.
We have a wide array of skills to bring to any project, but we also recognize where it is best to hire an expert outside our field.
We are in our second year of business and recognize that not everything turns out exactly as planned every single time. We're acutely aware of the tendency in the construction field to run over timelines and budgets, and have been guilty of this ourselves.
In order for our workshop to be made public and accessible, we need an occupancy permit, and the funds raised here will go directly to meeting those requirements. There may be other issues to be resolved in order to get our occupancy permit, but we have a great community network of skills to draw on and hold us accountable. Through our connections we have gained valuable experience and believe we have the talent to overcome these obstacles.
Learning from our mistakes and being transparent about challenges in our growth is central to moving forward together. We recognize that in order to scale up our business to have the most impact, we need to build it on a foundation of integrity where everyone's voices are heard.
Additionally, we will be seeking administrative help from community partners and aim to hire someone part time in the near future to help us coordinate as we grow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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