Want to host a build in your area?
Our goal has always been to help organize, facilitate, and participate in these builds wherever people would like to have them. If you want to tackle this on your own, go for it! Generosity has not been patented.
Here are the basic ingredients.
- Money: covers all build materials, lumber, hardware, glue, speciality items as needed. Anything than can be donated is ideal and could be a tax write off to any company that participates.
- Lumber: In a perfect situation, local lumber is best. Bonus points for lumber that has a cool story connected with it. (ie. the tree was used by George Washington to spot the British or something like that)
- Design/Quality: What will the design of the table be? It should be fairly simple to facilitate the projected 2 day build time. No chairs. It has to have benches. Chairs are complicated and time consuming to finish. The whole point is to create an heirloom quality, finished piece. This should be a piece that is rock-solid, highly crafted, and beautiful. It should feature materials, design, and joinery. If you can find a local artisan to design a project specifically for your build, even cooler.
- Family/organization: Who will the table go to when it is finished? Does the design/size of the project match the given space and needs?
- Build Location: Professional level furniture or cabinet shop. They generally have all necessary milling and power tools and the space to host the people and the project.
- Timing: You will also need to make sure the space is completely available from 7am-6pm for a full weekend. If you can get a bit on the Friday before, that is great so you can drop off any supplies and do any rough milling if needed.
- People: You will need at least 10-15 people committed to being there the entire duration of the build. Additional people that stop by for a few hours here and there are welcome, but without the minimum number of people there the whole time, you will not get done. The group of people should ideally consist of people of various skill levels. Ones of the goals of this is to teach each other.
- Food: Your are going to need meals provided for 2 days. Lunch at the minimum, breakfast is also pretty nice. Drinks and water are essential.
- Finishing: the build can be completed in 2 days, but finishing just takes additional time. You will need a place to finish and store the table while the finishing dries if there is none at the build location (there was none at our first location). Allocate an additional 1-2 weeks for finishing.
- Transportation: makes sure this is secured. You would be surprised how easy it is for everyone with a vehicle big enough to transport everything to suddenly go home Sunday afternoon and leave a lonely table stranded.
- Back up plan: You can’t plan for everything. If circumstances cause the project to not get completed in the 2 build days, who will finish the project? Where will the table live until it is done?
- Presentation: The whole point. When and who will present the finished project to the recipients?
- Collaboration: If you do a project under the banner of Artisan Care, you get me to facilitate most of these processes. Some additional items are necessary:
- Travel/Lodging: I will come and be on site the whole time to help/organize/facilitate/build/document
- Documentation: The process and delivery of every table built must be documented. Photos/Video will be posted on the Artisan Care website.
- Publicity: Other people need to hear the story of giving so they can be inspired. Everyone involved will also be publicly thanked, linked to, and promoted. We all grow together!