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Members of the Greenville, SC Woodworkers Guild in their old shop. The new facility has three times the space. More details in an article written by the guild.
A little over five years ago, I wrote an item for the magazine’s Notes & Comment column about the hard-workng members of the Greenville Woodworkers’ Guild and their new shop. At the time, it seemed like a unique situation for a guild to have its own shop, let alone one equipped with $45,000 worth of tools.
Well, the guild’s members have not been sitting still. The group recently moved out of that shop and into another – somewhat larger – facility.
The guild’s new shop occupies 24,000 glorious square feet of donated space in a former retail center south of Greenville. The space includes a huge machine room along with dedicated teaching space for young woodworkers and a room with five lathes for turning instruction.
The group, a non-profit organization, plans to use the space to continue teaching its members and pursuing its charitable work, which includes an annual toy-making drive and helping a local center for disabled children.
For a closer look at the shop and the guild’s work, have a look at the photos here on their extensive website. Nice going guys!
Layout for the new building
Machine room setup
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This is great news. I visited the old shop right before I started at FWW. I was teaching at Furman University and the shop was just a few miles down the road. It was a nice setup. The new one looks better. I spoke with one of their board members (at least I recall he was) that day. These guys do a ton of volunteer work around Greenville and deserve all of the good karma that comes their way.
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