Make a Pivot Top Box

Only 2 spaces left in this fun class – Wednesday March 9, 1 – 5 pm . This project offers infinite design possibilities and is a fun and quick to make, using the bandsaw and drill press.  Register now at 

Make Something Beautiful with Wood

March at HatchSpace: Learn to use jigs for precision cuts, make a clever box or a gourmet rolling pin, or have fun with turning green wood!

Two Fun Projects
Pivot Top Box: A small project with infinite design possibilities! This great place for small keepsakes is fun and quick to make. The class will cover the safe and thoughtful use of the band saw and the drill press.

Wooden Box Making Class

One Space Left!

No woodworking experience required

Come for some tablesaw practice, leave with an elegant little box!

In this workshop we will use the tablesaw to cut dados, rabbets, and some raised panels, and the router table for a little bit of detailing.

Digital Woodworking Classes at HatchSpace

HatchSpace is offering 2 classes this month that introduce digital design and production for woodworking.  With “CNC” designs are created on a computer, which then drives a router to cut out the design on wood or other materials.

Make a Stool with CNC and Fusion 360

In this intro class to digital design and manufacturing, we will break into Fusion 360, a very powerful CAD software. You will be introduced to the basic user interface and be led through the steps of creating a 3D model of a stool. During the design process we will focus on designing the piece for cutting out on a ShopBot CNC Router. You will learn the safety and set up of the CNC router and prepare the machine and a file for a cut. Once cut, we will use a router table, sander, pocket hole jig to finish and assemble the stool.

How A Book Led Me To Release My First Album

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I released an album.

“But Chris, you aren’t a musician and don’t play in any bands.” Well, yes, technically that’s true, but let me explain.

Last year I read a book called “Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983 and 1984” by Duane Tudahl. The author goes day by day through studio logs and band member’s recollections and notes of every recording, rehearsal, and performance by Prince and his band the Revolution.

Favorite Woodworking Classes Offered in February at HatchSpace

Favorite Classes Offered Again at HatchSpace

These classes filled up fast when offered in January, so we’re offering a second round in February!

Learn from the best!  HatchSpace instructors are experienced teachers, expert craftspeople and highly focused on safe shop practices. Classes are held in our new shop at HatchSpace, located at 22 High Street, Brattleboro VT.

These classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced woodworkers who wish to learn new skills or refine existing skills.  Financial aid may be available, contact for details.

New Year – New Skills! January Classes at HatchSpace

Join a woodworking class at HatchSpace for a great start on 2022. Many classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced woodworkers.  Learn new skills from experienced instructors in a safety-focused environment.

Financial aid may be available, contact for details.

iBrattleboro Christmas Calendar Update

Traditionalists here are missing the old animated history calendar for the month of December. We are, too.

There is good news to report, though. A group of programmers has been working to build a Flash emulator to play old Flash-based content. The Internet Archive is using their work to preserve old Flash files, and they are also making it available to the rest of us. 

Gift Making Classes at HatchSpace

There is still room in several of HatchSpace’s holiday gift making classes. These classes are suitable for beginners and are a great way to learn some basic woodworking skills.   Register now before classes fill up.

All these classes are suitable for beginners.

Holiday Gift Making Workshops at HatchSpace

Craft a holiday gift for someone you love. Workshops available for sign up include, Cutting Board Workshop, *Resin Edge Bowl Turning, Make a Frame, Build a Flower Press, Make a Gift Box, Design and Carve Key Holder, Tile Top Charcuterie Board, Turned Gifts (bottle stopper, opener and more). Open to beginners, no woodworking experience required. Space is limited. Sign up today! Go to for details and registration. *Bowl turning experience required for the Resin Bowl workshop.

Build a Gift Box

Come to HatchSpace’s new woodworking shop, get some tablesaw practice and leave with an elegant little box! In this workshop we will use the tablesaw to cut dados, rabbets, and some raised panels, and the router table for a little bit of detailing. You’ll learn how to accurately fit small pieces together, and work with some lovely local hardwoods to make a simple box for keepsakes, tea, tiny spice jars, or even recipe cards! Whether you’re brand new to the woodshop, or have experience and want some practice on the tablesaw, this workshop will guide you safely through some simple techniques for working with small parts accurately.    No woodworking experience required.

Upcoming Woodworking Classes at HatchSpace

Classes for beginners and experienced woodworkers. Financial aid may be available – contact for information.

More details, more classes and registration at

Refresher for Woodworkers: Build a Cutting Board, with Doug Finkel

Carving with Computers?

Yes! This hands-on workshop is designed high school students and adults to learn the basics of design for the X-Carve, a computer numerical controlled machine (CNC) for carving on wood, plastic and other materials.  No woodworking experience required.  Learn more at Digital Design for the X-Carve with Gail Fletcher, at HatchSpace, Saturday, October 16, 9 am – noon; $60

Fall Woodworking Classes for Beginners at HatchSpace

Learn something new and have fun in HatchSpace’s introduction to working classes.

Introduction to Woodworking: Build a Side Table

Through the creation of a side table, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of building furniture, the safe use of power tools such as the jointer, planer and table saw, a wide range of hand tools and techniques, and numerous design possibilities.  Instructor Doug Finkel has many years of experience teaching in schools and at craft centers.   Tuesdays, September 21 – November 9 (8 sessions); 6-9 pm.

Rosefire Writing Circles Welcomes New Writers

The Rosefire Writing Circle has been offering community and support for writers of all ages and abilities since 2016. Award-winning writer and veteran teacher Deborah Lee Luskin facilitates.

Deborah creates a safe and welcoming space where participants write to prompts designed to prime the creative pump. Writers focus and fly, spilling their words onto the page. Those who wish then read this new work, while others bear witness to these remarkable stories. The entire process enhances creativity; participants invariably write more, write better, and write with greater confidence.

Summer Woodworking Classes at HatchSpace

HatchSpace is offering several woodworking classes for both beginners and experienced woodworkers.

Mastering the Card Scraper with Tom Bodett: In this 2.5-hour workshop, Tom Bodett shares his passion for woodworking and especially the Card Scraper – a simple and effective tool for creating a beautiful finish on wood.   Tom will cover how to use the Card Scraper and how to keep it sharp.  Each participant will receive a card scraper and the tools to keep it sharp – a diamond stone and burnisher.  Offered on July 17 and August 14.

Intermediate Lathe Techniques: An introduction to face-turning techniques on the lathe, with master wood turner Jeff Bower.  This 3-hour direct learning experience focuses on tools and techniques to create a wide-variety of simple forms. Includes safety, setup, design, and tool selection to take the mystery out of turning and inspire your creativity.  Previous lathe experience is required.  Offered on July 25 and August 1.

HatchSpace Re-Opens with Summer Woodworking Programs

HatchSpace, a non-profit 501(c)(3) community organization, re-opens in its new location at 22 High Street in Brattleboro, Vermont starting in early June. Summer classes and workshops will include an intensive beginning woodworking course with Gail Grycel, along with workshops on making a tile top end table, a Shaker Bench with guest instructor Tim Clark, intermediate woodturning with guest instructor Jeff Bower, carving with Noriko Isogai, bending wood with steam with Blake Johnson, intro to CNC with Gail Fletcher, designing your vision, using a card scraper with HatchSpace founder Tom Bodett, along with many others. For more info, see the complete course list at or email Is Up and Running! is my last dance, for which death must stop and wait.

On May 29, 2021, at about the same time that my mother gave birth to me 76 years ago, my wish to give birth to my new baby,, was fulfilled. As promised, 4 new stories appeared, not previously included in the earlier “Sneak Preview” version:

1. Remembering Wally White and Faith Ministries, originally published in the Religion Section of the December 19-20 Weekend Brattleboro Reformer is our lead story.