Bloomington WoodWorks, a woodworking cooperative, opens this month in Bloomington, Indiana. Owner James Bradley, who studied and worked under Indiana furniture designer Nathan Hunter, also studied at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
Woodworkers of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome to sign up for classes, stop in during community shop time to work on individual wood projects, or even reserve the entire shop for a little more privacy and focus!
Located in the Fell Building at 415 W. 4th St. (next to Rainbow Bakery), Bloomington WoodWorks provides members with a friendly, safe workspace and access to well-maintained, industrial-grade power tools, including:
• 10" Cabinet maker's table saw with 36" rip fence
• 15” Planer
• 8” Joiner
• 14” Bandsaw
• Drill press with mortising attachment
To help keep the shop clean, each of these power tools is connected to a dust-collection system. Bloomington WoodWorks also will offer a wide assortment of hand tools and an experienced, on-site shop monitor to provide guidance and answer questions.
Some members may also rent temporary project storage space as needed, and a selection of domestic and exotic wood will be available for purchase, too.
Bloomington WoodWorks is owned and operated by James Bradley, a professional woodworker and furniture maker. Specializing in “human-powered” woodworking, James uses traditional hand tools and old-world joinery techniques to craft classic pieces that will stand the test of time.
When he's not hand-cutting dovetails or mortise-and-tenon joints, James enjoys designing campaign-style furniture and helping would-be woodworkers develop new skills and confidence. Some of his other interests include inlay, marquetry, and building, restoring, and refurbishing hand planes and other hand tools.
James has lived in Bloomington since 1992.
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