MONTGOMERY — BridgeValley Community and Technical College has launched its Woodworking Makerspace.

As part of the college's GRID (Generate, Restore, Innovate, Design), designed to be a creative space with civic spirit and resources to converge and unleash innovation, the Woodworking Makerspace includes everything artisans need to build and develop practical and extraordinary woodwork. Included in the space are table saws, a miter saw, 14-inch bandsaw, bench grinder, drill press, 15-inch heavy duty planer, paint and varnish with exhaust, lumber storage and various woodworking handheld tools. Additionally, BridgeValley's resident woodworker will be onsite to offer advice, safety training and workshops each month to help makers excel in their craft.

"We had the space and some equipment and we felt the community could benefit by using the space to either create or use the space for their small business," said BridgeValley's Pam Soscia. "It is the perfect opportunity for someone who doesn't have the space to create or doesn't have certain equipment at home or their business to be able to come in and use our makerspace at a minimal cost."

The space, which has been in process since October of last year, is available for use as a guest for $20 per day or Member Pathfinder for $150 per month, which includes use of equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to Soscia, BridgeValley intends to launch a ceramics makerspace at the end of May.

For information on either space, contact Soscia at 304-734-6700 or

The GRID is located at BridgeValley's Montgomery campus, 807 2nd Avenue in Montgomery.

— BridgeValley CTC

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