Wood Theory offers collaborative building space in Ashland
Wood Theory is a collaborative community workshop, where local builders of all skill levels can gather to perfect their craft.
"We're really just riding the wave of these new maker spaces that people can afford that don't have space or tools to really create something on their own," owner Nick David said.
David also said having novices and masters working together in the same shop is really beneficial for the learning process.
"The novices learn from the masters just by osmosis," David said. "The masters are able to pass on their craft in a way that makes them feel good."
With three different levels, the workshop has a membership option for people who want to rent a work space for any period of time. There are spaces workers can rent out on a more permanent basis, but there's also daily rates for those that are looking for something more short term.
After building furniture for the last six years, David said there's always been a strong community of wood workers here in southern Oregon.
"I think the culture of woodworking is really deeply ingrained in the whole valley and especially Ashland," David said "All the way from back in the early 1900s and the 1800s when we're still settling, all the way until now. We've got amazing builders and craftsmen all over the valley."
Working on opening the space for the past few months, David said he's excited to finally share it with the public as the workshop hosted a grand opening event on Sunday.
"We got the keys to the place in February and have been building it up and proving the systems and buying machinery, we're ready to roll out," David said.
Wood Theory plans to host workshop classes from Intro to Woodworking to children's' courses in the summer. Wood Theory is located at the south end of Ashland near the I-5, just south of Secure Storage near the intersection of HWY 66 and Dead Indian Memorial Road.