Public workshop!

What do you think of the idea of a public workshop? A workshop where you can walk in and start crafting anything you want. A shop that would provide all the tools and equipment you would need to create wooden masterpieces. A place where you can learn how be a master craftsman, pick up tips and tricks of the trade, and see first hand how things are done. Well, great news there is such a place! That place is call North Country Woodshop located at Burnsville, MN.

Founder and co-founder Tim Watts and son, Sam Watts, along with their business partner Brian, had a vision of having a shop that had all the tools for certain projects. They got the idea when they were looking for such a place and had no luck finding one for themselves. They tossed the idea around for a while, talked with many people who would be interested too, and finally opened their doors June 13, 2011.

What exactly does a public workshop offer? North Country Woodshop provides a vast array of programs. They offer classes ranging from novice to complex and they offer private lessons as well. Think of it this way. When you sign up to a gym, you want the best trainer money can buy. Well that’s what you get when you sign up for private lessons, your own private trainer! They will walk you through every stage of the project, starting with the  design, then the ordering of the material, all the way to the finished product. Ladies, don’t worry about being the only female there. Turns out that 50% of their customers are women.

I myself, being the owner of, (an online marketplace to buy and sell all things wood, that also provides free product listing and virtual storefronts to showcase your products) was very delighted to see a shop who opens their door to the public. When I heard about this, I had to immediately contact Sam. I asked him what he enjoyed the most from the shop and he said ” I really like meeting all the new people that stop in our shop. It’s fun to hear their stories and see the raw lumber they carry in and see the finished project go out the door.”

I recommend stopping by if you’re in the Burnsville, MN area to check out their facility and look into the classes they offer. Their hours are Monday 4pm-8pm, Tues-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. To get more information about North Country Woodshop you can go to their website



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