The Good, the bad, & the ugly... news.
Our campaign to relocate and reopen in Austin, TX was a success! Which means that in November classes will resume and we'll be attempting to take advantage of the smaller and more intimate school. Which means more: projects, classes, and one on one instruction!
More Good News!
We actually found a location in central Austin that we can afford (barely). It's just north of Hyde Park at 937 Reinli (by 2222 & I-35). So it should be an easy commute for all Austinites and those coming from Pflugerville, Roundrock, and Georgetown.
Our hope was to find a nice strip center retail spot but despite several start and stops, many places just not wanting a school, and one location that we'd had our hopes on for multiple weeks but eventually backed away from at the last minute due to some oddness in the lease. We came to realize that in Austin and the surrounding area retail just wasn't in our budget.
So upon calling some past contacts we found a small office/warehouse business park that has an upcoming opening that is just big enough for a half dozen workbenches, a small gallery, and space to store materials and equipment. It's pricey, and I'll likely be crashing on a cot in the office until we get cash flow into the black. But guess what, it's four walls and a door. So it's perfect for what we need.
Even More Good News!
We're working on class scheduling now and will have it posted next week. Expect lots of new project classes such as: blanket chests, clocks, stools, display cases, picture frames, totes, art, podiums, keepsake boxes, chip carving, tool-making, a return of our popular 'tools-n-techniques' series, and lots more.
Also, several people have suggested a "Furniture Making for Women" series to reduce the apprehension some women have with starting woodworking. In San Marcos we were already getting women signing up in large numbers so I'm torn at the moment if this is a good idea since time slots for classes are limited. What're y'alls thoughts of a women only class?
We'll be offering classes that both teens and adults can take plus a special series for the home-school/after-school crowd. And as always with teens under 16, parents will still be able to learn for free. Meaning you'll be building your own project right along side your kid for free.
All will be posted next week at the new, redesigned, wortheffort.com.
Our attempts to get a micro-loan to help diversify the school and allow us to offer courses in turning, intarsia, and carving still haven't been successful. We're still working on it so keep your fingers crossed. Somewhere out there is a bank willing to finance a half dozen midi-lathes and their necessary accessories against 5-600% their value in collateral to a gentlemen with decent credit history. Or so you'd think.
I'll be at SWAT this weekend, the Southwest Area Turners Symposium happening in Waco, TX, so maybe I can get some leads from the manufacturers.
Well, frankly... it's the warehouse. Right now it's a non air-conditioned disaster. But there is potential. Luckily us opening in November means we might be able to skate on air conditioning until spring. We'll see. It is Austin after all.
We take possession mid October and hope to be ready for classes a few weeks later. It won't be perfect but it will be workable and wont affect learning. If anyone out there enjoys decorating, painting, tuning tools, or 'moving'... we'd appreciate all the help we can get.