People came out of the woodwork to check out the “Spring Sampler” tours and demonstrations at the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network May 1.
The first live event in more than two years had something for everyone. Dozens of artisans worked on projects and shared their expertise in a range of disciplines including: Book Arts, Electronic and Technical Arts, Fiber Arts, Glass Arts, Jewelry & Fine Metals, Kitchen Arts, Media Arts, Metal Fabrication, Printmaking, Woodworking and Small Boat Building, and Writing.
The Electronic and Technical Arts studio was a popular stop where 3D printers hummed along building up pieces layer by layer, while the laser cutter made samples for visitors. Robot projects, laser-etched boxes and 3D printed designs were on display. There was even an automated cat feeder robot designed to manage the daily task of feeding two pet cats using magnetometer sensors.
Sewing machines, looms, yarn and fabric were a colorful sight in the Fiber Arts studio, where members was busy weaving a scarf on a loom and another was making an art piece on a handheld frame loom.
Aspiring podcasters discussed program ideas at the Media Arts broadcasting studio, and the smell of bacon drew people into the Kitchen Arts studio where they learned how to make bacon jam and sampled appetizers.
Downstairs in the Woodworking shop, the sounds of sanding, sawing and carving bowls on lathes could be heard as people milled about looking at machines and tools of the trade.
It didn’t take long for the maker spaces to fill. By 2 p.m, BARN was buzzing with activity and conversations between people eager to get back to making things and connecting with one another.