July notes from the shop floor
On Monday July 17th we had another Would Works session at our new home in Angel City lumber. We had 3 artisans return working a full 8 hour shift. Ali, Jerome, and veteran member Joe were sanding and hand rubbing oil on a new set of white oak boards. Through the din of sanders and classic rock blasting on the portable radio I worked along side these 3 wonderful men. At lunch I asked the group how they felt about this kind of work and how it compared to other jobs. Working towards their financial goals while doing something artistic seemed to be the takeaway. Ali mentioned how in other jobs he was either being exposed to harmful chemicals or making something wasteful. Here he says that using organic material such as wood and putting on a food safe finish feels good all around. 'It's a chance to be artistic' says Ali. It's true. Not to get too mushy but wood has a powerful therapeutic quality. It's a joy and an honor to make something with purpose and beauty from a tree. Especially a tree as noble as the American White Oak as we use.
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We are proud to be participating in a broad collaboration between City of Los Angeles, the Skid Row Community Improvement Coalition, along with designers and community organizations across LA to furnish a pilot hygiene center in Skid Row.
We recently partnered with LA's oldest distillery--Green Bar Distillery--to create a line of branded cocktail boards for use behind their bars and for sale in their retail shop. Stop by the distillery for a cocktail making class or to outfit your home bar with delicious organic spirits, cocktail making supplies and of course a Greenbar/Would Works cocktail board!
Thanks to a generous in-kind-donation from an outstanding member of our woodworking community, Would Works is now equipped with a state of the art laser engraver. This allows us to custom engrave any of our existing products, or design new branded products for businesses, TV shows (it is LA after all), or private events.