Photo of BARN Makers: Woodworkers build new reception desk for Historical Museum

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.

The two finished desks ready to leave BARN.

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.

Mike Gearheard, Wayne Chang and David Whitacre deliver the new desk to BIHM.

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.

Made by BARN.
Photo of BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network)

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BARN is a nonprofit community center for craft and invention on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Its mission is to support an open, inter-generational community of artisans and makers who are dedicated to learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring one another with creativity, craftsmanship and community service. BARN includes artisan studios in the following disciplines: Electronic and Technical Arts, Fiber Arts, Glass Arts, Jewelry & Fine Metals, Kitchen Arts, Media Arts & BCB, Metal Fabrication, Print & Book Arts, Woodworking and Small Boat Building, and Writers. To learn more visit

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