By Erin O’Donnell
Executive Director, Dovetail Community Workshop
Hello, friends, members and makers. Now that the governor has declared a stay at home order for non-essential New Mexico businesses, I must cease members’ use of the shop until at least April 15 — subject, as all things, to change. We are deeply grateful to our members who took our previous restrictions in stride and scheduled shop time during the past week.
It does not seem responsible any more for us to continue to allow people to come and go at the workshop. The risk of COVID-19 exposure is too great for our staff and our members, despite our best efforts to keep things clean and separated.
What does this mean for your membership?
If you’re a current monthly or annual member in good standing, we will freeze the time remaining on your membership as of March 20. We will email you separately with your individual account status.
If you have a project in progress or materials at the shop that you wish to pick up, email us or call/text 505-926-1693 or to schedule a time to meet. Available hours are 4 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (March 25-27). YOU MUST SCHEDULE A PICK-UP TIME; DO NOT DROP IN UNANNOUNCED.
Now, some good news. Because we are woodworkers, we are pros at adapting to unexpected results! #featuresnotflaws
Very soon you’ll be able to get guidance from the Dovetail residents and instructors you have come to know and trust. We’re developing a list of video tutorial topics and webinars where you can ask questions on the spot. And we want your suggestions! Email us your ideas for techniques, skills, shortcuts, tips, demonstrations, and projects.
We’re also spitballing ideas for make-and-take project kits we can make available for pick-up. Send us your suggestions for these, too.
I remain optimistic that we won’t have to be isolated for a terribly long time. We all need stuff to keep us busy and creative while we’re socially distancing, and we want to help with that any way we can. I love the Dovetail community, and I know you’re an innovative crew. You share our belief that “do it yourself doesn’t have to mean do it alone,” and if we put our makery minds together, we can make this work.
Take care of yourselves, and we hope to see you again soon.
Warm and well regards,