Earlier this month, woodworkers at the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) delivered two handcrafted reception desks to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (BIHM). The desks are the result of a community service project at BARN funded by an anonymous donor.
For years a small, plain, plywood desk occupied the entry to BIHM. A member of both BARN and the BIHM wondered if BARN could help make a replacement. Bob Spangler, who designed and built the BARN reception desk, agreed to do the design if the Woodworking Studio would handle the fabrication.
This created an opportunity to offer a class in furniture-building. A team of BARN instructors assisted a group of students in crafting the desks out of Western Maple and industrial steel. A small BARN brand on the side will tell future generations where the two beautiful desks were built.