Sawdust + Stout Fundraiser with Nick Offerman!
Many thanks to our friend, and stellar member of the Would Works Board of Directors--Nick Offerman--for hosting our first virtual woodworking workshop fundraiser!
Nick spent the day at his neighboring woodshop Offerman Woodshop, just down the road from WW, teaching folks from around the world (over zoom) how to sand, finish, and fasten parts for a specialized coaster and bottle opener set.
The coaster set + bottle opener from Sawdust + Stout is now available and fully customizable in the Would Works store.
At the end of the woodworking session, Nick had a Q & A with participants, while everyone used their bottle opener to pop open a pint of Nick's favorite beer--Guinness Stout.
In addition to Nick's generosity, many other sponsors made this fundraiser possible including: Walrus Oil, Uneeda Abrasives, Guinness US, and Bohnhoff Lumber.
This fundraiser raised $55,000 to support Would Works' relaunching after 16 months of closure due to Covid. Cheers to that!
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This holiday we are collaborating on a special edition product with People's Pottery Project (PPP). PPP is another impactful LA social enterprise--providing formerly incarcerated women with paid vocational training, healing community, and skills in crafts and making.
Come along on our tour of local lumber yards, mills, and furniture shops! Program Director Michele Liu takes our Artisans to see the work of some of the great creative businesses that make our work possible. "As we transition into building a more robust training program we felt it was important for the Artisans to see the full picture what woodworking is like from beginning to end." says Liu.
For the last month, a team of Would Works staff members and community partners have been participating in an intensive design workshop at the Stanford d.school. Through interviews, co-design sessions, observations and prototypes, our team is helping to redesign the waiting area experience at the Skid Row Community Refresh Spot.