Heartwood cooperative woodshop is a 47 year old woodworking cooperative in West Berkeley. We share a 3100+ square foot space in the Sawtooth building on 8th street between Parker and Dwight.
The cooperative is operated a bit like a co-working space where you have some storage, shared bench space, and access to high quality cabinet-making and furniture-making tools. We collectively own and maintain all the large equipment in the shop, and members are expected to bring and use their own hand tools. Some common consumables are provided by the shop like shop towels, glue, and some sandpaper.
The are two classes of membership - Part time (up to 20 hrs/week in the shop) and Full time (up to 40 hours). Current membership varies between full time cabinet makers and furniture makers to part time hobbyists to contractors who largely work outside the shop but need shop space on occasions. As a cooperative member, we expect you to pay dues on time, come to one monthly three hour "Shop day" to do cleaning and maintenance and discuss collective decisions (recently they have been the second Saturday morning of the month), be a conscientious and respectful co-occupant, and share in the collective duties of running the shop. Woodworking experience as well as experience maintaining stationary tools is required. Members have their own businesses and if you plan to do installations, you'll need your own contractor's license.
If you're interested in exploring membership, take a look at the photos and current membership here https://heartwood.coop and contact us through the info above.