Thursday, 21 March 2024 14:12

Community Woodworking Shop Opens

Saratoga Joinery, a community woodworking shop, opened last weekend at 69 Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. Photo by Super Source Media. Saratoga Joinery, a community woodworking shop, opened last weekend at 69 Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. Photo by Super Source Media.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Joinery, a community woodworking shop on Caroline Street, had its grand opening last weekend. Visitors toured the new facilities to explore membership options (rates start at $89 per month or $918 per year), get a glimpse of the machinery, and chat with employees. A small display area up front showed off an elegant chair and nightstand. A lumber room in the back was filled with birch, cherry, maple, poplar, walnut, and other woods available for purchase.

Joinery members are given access to the space, their own area for storage, class discounts, and opportunities to sell or showcase their creations. Non-members can also take woodworking classes. “A big part of our mission is to bring people in who otherwise would have no touchpoint for woodworking,” said Executive Director Tori Colarusso in a statement. “There is definitely a need in this region. We have a lot of people who are members who live in an apartment, but have no space to engage in woodworking, despite having an interest in it.” 

“The idea is to create a safe, welcoming place for people to learn and develop skills,” said Founder John Haller. “There is a barrier to getting into woodworking, whether it’s not having the space, tools, or ability. The Saratoga Joinery’s goal is to meet people where they are at, while building a community at the same time.” 

To learn more about Saratoga Joinery, stop by their location at 69 Caroline Street, or visit www.saratogajoinery.org.

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