What we're about

Tear Cap Workshops is a non-profit organization dedicated to hands-on learning. We recently purchased a former sawmill in Hiram, Maine and are slowly repurposing it to be a combination craft school and artisan collective. We currently have four artisan tenants, all in the woodworking trades. We are just beginning to offer hands-on workshops in various fields, such as: woodworking, forestry, and gardening. Coming soon, we also plan to expand to classes in metal work, stone work, timberframing, boat building and other traditional, rural living skills. In addition to free, public events, we also host Volunteer Work Days. Come on over for a visit, get the tour, and get your hands dirty!

If you're interested in working with your hands, learning new craft, developing your skill set, and want to give back to a local community, you've found the right place!

Think you might be a good fit as an artisan tenant? Want to get more involved? Have a great idea for a workshop? Contact us for more information ... we look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Rent-a-Bench

Tear Cap Workshops

How it works: Sign up or drop by to use the shop on an hourly or daily basis. You provide the wood and supplies for your project, and we provide the tools and some instruction (if needed) to help you along. If the lack of a certain tool or the right space has ever stopped you from completing a woodworking project, the Rent-a-bench program is now here to help! Our goal is to provide the community with affordable, creative, and safe access to a fully equipped woodworking shop. We currently have 4 woodworking spots available at any given time, and we are open Thursdays- Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 a.m. (Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ to check availability.) Rates: Daily rate: $50 Half-day: $25 Hourly: $7 Reserve your time online at https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for a full day or half day. At this time, our booking system can only handle full or half-day reservations. If you need less time, the hourly rate is $7 an hour. Everyone signs in when they first come in, so you’ll just pay for what you use. Reduced rates for low or fixed incomes are available upon request. Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for more information, or email us at [masked] or call[masked] with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the Community Woodworking Shop soon!

Rent-a-Bench

Tear Cap Workshops

How it works: Sign up or drop by to use the shop on an hourly or daily basis. You provide the wood and supplies for your project, and we provide the tools and some instruction (if needed) to help you along. If the lack of a certain tool or the right space has ever stopped you from completing a woodworking project, the Rent-a-bench program is now here to help! Our goal is to provide the community with affordable, creative, and safe access to a fully equipped woodworking shop. We currently have 4 woodworking spots available at any given time, and we are open Thursdays- Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 a.m. (Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ to check availability.) Rates: Daily rate: $50 Half-day: $25 Hourly: $7 Reserve your time online at https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for a full day or half day. At this time, our booking system can only handle full or half-day reservations. If you need less time, the hourly rate is $7 an hour. Everyone signs in when they first come in, so you’ll just pay for what you use. Reduced rates for low or fixed incomes are available upon request. Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for more information, or email us at [masked] or call[masked] with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the Community Woodworking Shop soon!

Rent-a-Bench

Tear Cap Workshops

How it works: Sign up or drop by to use the shop on an hourly or daily basis. You provide the wood and supplies for your project, and we provide the tools and some instruction (if needed) to help you along. If the lack of a certain tool or the right space has ever stopped you from completing a woodworking project, the Rent-a-bench program is now here to help! Our goal is to provide the community with affordable, creative, and safe access to a fully equipped woodworking shop. We currently have 4 woodworking spots available at any given time, and we are open Thursdays- Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 a.m. (Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ to check availability.) Rates: Daily rate: $50 Half-day: $25 Hourly: $7 Reserve your time online at https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for a full day or half day. At this time, our booking system can only handle full or half-day reservations. If you need less time, the hourly rate is $7 an hour. Everyone signs in when they first come in, so you’ll just pay for what you use. Reduced rates for low or fixed incomes are available upon request. Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for more information, or email us at [masked] or call[masked] with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the Community Woodworking Shop soon!

Rent-a-Bench

Tear Cap Workshops

How it works: Sign up or drop by to use the shop on an hourly or daily basis. You provide the wood and supplies for your project, and we provide the tools and some instruction (if needed) to help you along. If the lack of a certain tool or the right space has ever stopped you from completing a woodworking project, the Rent-a-bench program is now here to help! Our goal is to provide the community with affordable, creative, and safe access to a fully equipped woodworking shop. We currently have 4 woodworking spots available at any given time, and we are open Thursdays- Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 a.m. (Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ to check availability.) Rates: Daily rate: $50 Half-day: $25 Hourly: $7 Reserve your time online at https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for a full day or half day. At this time, our booking system can only handle full or half-day reservations. If you need less time, the hourly rate is $7 an hour. Everyone signs in when they first come in, so you’ll just pay for what you use. Reduced rates for low or fixed incomes are available upon request. Please see https://tearcapworkshops.org/rent-a-bench/ for more information, or email us at [masked] or call[masked] with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the Community Woodworking Shop soon!

Past events (44)

Rent-a-Bench

Tear Cap Workshops

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