The Artificery

A place to build things.

Dylan Hoffmann

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

I am a person that likes to focus on what is not necessarily obvious or glaring, but instead that which is more so hidden in the shadows.
This project will be the creation of a wood workshop for La Paz. I am hoping to achieve a greater passion within the La Paz Community for working with wood. To do this I am going to build a place where students and faculty members can come and build objects out of wood.

Want to donate?
https://www.paypal.me/MartynHoffmann

Dylan Hoffmann

What I like:
Water Polo > This is the sport that I enjoy and play the most. I love water polo because it allows for my strengths as an athlete to come into focus, those being a strong swimmer along with having good hand eye coordination. Carpentry > I love carpentry because it allows for my full creative visions to come into play, if I can visualize it, I can probably figure out a way to build it. I love the idea of making something out of scratch, something that came from something that is not useful, and making something utilitarian.
What I Do:
I think that one of my unique abilities as a person is to pull out that which isn't immediately obvious. I enjoy looking at ideas or questions from different angles than those immediately obvious. This applies to many aspects of my life, but the most obvious aspect in which it applies is in math. A classmate and I always do things a bit differently than the standard way, which translates back into other subjects. Business is another example, most of the formulas I better understand in a way that the majority does not. One of my unique talents is my quiet leadership abilities, which means I am willing to step up when no one else is, even if its a hard job. I am willing to lead when no else is, and I am happy to help others without being asked.
What I Want:
Out of this project, I'd like to share my passion for woodworking and carpentry with others, and to give those people a place where they can practice their own skills, as those opportunities are limited here. By building this project, I am expanding the horizons of people similarly interested in carpentry.

Communities

Community
Key Person
Description
La Paz Community School
Ms. Cat
Art teacher and who it would benefit the most, along with her students.
Art Community Within La Paz
Grace
An artist in 11th grade and someone who will make use of the workshop.
La Paz Families
John
A family member with children at La Paz, and someone who has their own workshop that they let me use.

Interviews

Interview With Ms. Cat

What are our community strengths?
Many students spend time working on their own artwork outside of class time. More practice and space to experiment serves to improve craftsmanship.
What does this community need?
La Paz would benefit from more hands-on sculptural projects. This would include functional art, specifically basic woodworking. These skills could be applied in later life if students want to be able to design and construct simple furniture for their homes. Learning to use tools safely and effectively is a skill that would benefit everyone.
What does this community have to share?
Within the IB Art program, I've seen a tendency for a high level of experimentation and risk-taking. So much of the other high school artwork I've seen throughout the years depicts very expected subjects, not so with the work of the art students here, they often surprise me with their unique ideas.

Interview With Grace

What are our community strengths?
I think the community strengthen of the art community are all the different backgrounds people come from. The different perspectives on the world create interesting art. Another strength would also be the inspiration we can get from the nature around us.
What does this community need?
Well in general the art section needs more supplies and materials. What we have to work with is generally limited. I also believe the art department should/ could expand beyond visual arts.
What does this community have to share?
At La Paz in the arts we are good at experimentation with themes and materials. We have really learned how to think outside the box and it’s shown in our art work.

Interview With John

What are our community strengths?
The people that live here. They are like minded- care about the environment, their families, helping others that are less fortunate, healthy life style choices.
What does this community need?
Needs recycling and waste management protocol. Specifically with construction waste and job site management. Much of the construction garbage gets blown into the ravines and rivers so when it rains it gets washed into the ocean.
What does this community have to share?
Welcomes new families/residents and provides jobs to the locals.
Task
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Finalize workshop tools

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Find prices for all tools, whether or not it will be local or imported.

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Begin fundraising for tools

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Find area to build in

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Gather materials to build workshop with

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Build workshop

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Finalize project

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Budget

Expenses

Item
Amount
Miter Saw
$330
Table Saw
$270
Scroll Saw
$100
Sander
Unknown
Drill and drill bits
Unknown
Angle Measurer
$40
Router
Unknown
Bessey Clamp (4)
$48
12
$38
Right Angle (2)
$50
Electrical Working
Unknown
90 Degree Measure for Marking
$25
Tape Measure (2)
$8.60
Sandpaper
Unknown
Pencils
Unknown

Resources

Description
Source
Value
Fundraising
Myself
Unknown

What’s something we learned by doing this project that other people might not know?

This project has taught me the importance of making sure of safety, especially when dealing with machinery capable of cutting fingers off. Making sure that the workshop is a safe place where everyone knows what they are doing is crucial, and something that will need to be maintained after I leave.

What’s the most important thing that needs to happen next in order to keep this project going?

For this project to continue, wood needs to continue to be sourced and be available for students to use in projects. Additionally, upkeep towards the tools must be kept, and making sure there is a good amount of tools that will wear out (such as sandpaper, blades, etc.)

If we could expand the reach of this project in some way, what do you think are the best next steps for the next person to take?

Long term, the workshop can grow into something much larger than what I am planning. It can become a community involved project, where people can come and use the space and tools to create, and not just be limited to the students. For this to happen, someone with the passion and desire to expand this would need to take over. For this to happen, a lot more paperwork with regards to safety needs to happen, along with who is allowed to use it and during which hours.

If we could expand the reach of this project in some way, what do you think are the best next steps for the next person to take?

John Zepeda

A carpenter in the Mar Vista Community and a parent of La Paz Students.

Catherine Brooks

Art teacher and someone who the project directly affects.