Fall

As our seemingly endless summer gave way to crisp air, cool nights, and that long, gold afternoon light, The Hive was undergoing a transformation as well. We are excited to announce the official launch of our brand new collaboration with the savvy scholars at The Bureau of Historical Investigation where we now have a pop-up space in the back room of their irresistible downtown shop. 

As many of you who have followed our story from its first chapter may remember, The Hive was launched as an experiment in creating a community making space, and we have been growing, shifting, learning and adjusting the scope and scale of the project since announcing our launch almost two years ago. 

Throughout the course of the project, we have consistently turned to our supporters for feedback, both formally and informally, and our over-arching goal has been to remain agile enough to adjust our trajectory in response to our community's ideas. By intentionally choosing this path of full-scale sketching, we are able to say yes to opportunities like our collaboration with The Bureau when they arise. The Hive, if it is doing its job well, will always strive to fill an empty space in our community puzzle, having shaped its edges to align with other projects, efforts and endeavors without overlapping or leaving too many gaps.

So, The Hive is now happily perched in our cozy new space for the fall and holiday season, and we are offering a wide range of classes, workshops and meetups for makers of all skill levels. Learn a new technique like block printing or wet felting, use a bit of positive pressure to DIY your holiday gifts and cards at one of our casual Sunday crafternoons or simply indulge in one of our other crafty offerings to help keep the gloomy fall blues at bay.

And while there are always mixed feelings when closing a chapter of any endeavor, we couldn't be more excited about the possibilities in store for us this season.

Science

I'm not actually scientist, but you wouldn't know it from how often I use one of my favorite exclamations, "It's for science!" I could be baking bread, mixing drinks, planting seeds, making pickles, working on a house project or crafting, but I see a comment element that connects all of these activities and for brevity's sake, I call it science. It's the process of thinking of an idea or technique, trying it, making mistakes, trying again, likely making more mistakes and still going for it, all the while collecting data in the service of refining outcomes and building skills.

One of the biggest science projects I've ever worked on is The Hive. It's a huge experimental sketch in full-scale. It's a way to test the theory that Bellingham needs a place for people who don't have access to the tools or space they need to work on projects, DIYs, or repairs and is just as risky, scary, exhilarating and rewarding as one might expect such a project to be.

We've had our doors open for about six months now, and every day we are learning, connecting, correcting our course and moving forward. Right now that means we are going to test the idea of focusing almost exclusively on classes, workshops and demos - people love them and we want to offer more of what people love. We'll still have open workshop time too, now by appointment only, so if you have a project that you've been meaning to get after, contact us and we'll set up a time. 

The end of summer can be a great time to let the rules slide a little bit and follow our passions to festivals, into the wilderness...or just down to the end of an alley to take one of our ideas and make it real.

Speakeasy

Say what you will about Prohibition, but I really like the idea of the speakeasy. A gathering place for people who are in-the-know, with an entryway that's a little bit hidden. Getting there can be an adventure, but once you've arrived it was totally worth the effort.

Aside from the fact that we don't have moonshine or smuggled Canadian whiskey on offer, The Hive now qualifies as a speakeasy in every other respect, since the City of Bellingham has begun their renovation of the Bay St/Chestnut St bridge!

It's still pretty easy to find us, but here are a few tips: 

If you're arriving by car, head toward the water on Bay St and turn left into the parking lot just past the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center. Turn right when you reach the alley, and we're the last door on the right before you hit the orange construction barriers. Parking has always been a challenge here, but if you're coming to work on the weekends, or attending evening activities, you should still be able to find a spot next to the building. As always, you're welcome to park outside the building for loading/unloading...and we still have lockers available for rent ($10/month is cheaper than a parking ticket!) so you don't have to drag your things back and forth every time.

Bicyclists may want to park their rides on Commercial street and cut through the Trico parking lot, or can also bring their bikes inside. We do have limited space, however, so please understand if we can't always accommodate indoor bike parking.

Summer is a great season to make time for making. See you soon!