The Hive ready for makers in Greenfield

  • The Hive makerspace is on the second floor of the Greenfield Gallery. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Co-founder Rachael Katz in The Hive makerspace on the second floor of the Greenfield Gallery. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Hive makerspace will offer wide range of tools and equipment, including 3D printers and commercial sewing machines. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • What will be the textile area in The Hive makerspace on the second floor of the Greenfield Gallery. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Hive makerspace on the second floor of the Greenfield Gallery. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 5/19/2022 6:26:59 PM

GREENFIELD — After three years and several pandemic-related delays, The Hive makerspace on Main Street is prepared to open its doors to the community.

“We’re really excited to make a space like this in Greenfield,” said co-founder Rachael Katz.

An open house for the makerspace will take place on the second floor of the Greenfield Gallery on Saturday at around 12:45 p.m., following the unveiling of the new bee sculpture that coincides with the Bee Fest opening reception on the first floor of the gallery.

“With the bee energy in town, we named the space The Hive, and having named it that, what better day to have it be open house day,” Katz said.

The makerspace is a community workshop where people can come to use tools, share ideas, take workshops and collaborate on projects, according to the owners. The Hive will have tools and equipment not commonly available, including metalworking equipment, an array of 3D printers, commercial sewing machines, electronics tools and laminating equipment.

“It’s really exciting after all this time,” Katz said. “There were definitely some moments in the last few year where we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to continue.”

Between COVID-19 affecting the funding that was available and a change in location, the makerspace wasn’t ready for its anticipated spring 2021 opening.

“It was a situation where we were expecting to be fully capitalized to more of a shoestring start-up,” she said.

In the months following Saturday’s launch, The Hive will host a series of workshops, including soft stone sculpting and investment casting of a ring or other small object. Although a business model is still developing, Katz said the core group of people involved in the project hope to be able to see the function of the space grow to include community walk-in hours for people to have access to the tools and materials.

“My hope, generally, for The Hive is that it’s kind of recognizing that access to tools and to mentors who can show you how to use them is not something that’s shared equally in the world,” Katz explained. “Many people don’t come from homes that have great tools or have parents who know how to use them. It’s sort of … a hidden form of privilege.

“There’s lots of great ideas out in the world and so many of them go to waste because the people who have the ideas don’t have access to the tools to ... bring them to life,” she said.

Katz said as a community with a history of manufacturing, she believes The Hive will “fit in well” in Greenfield.

“I’m hoping this is a way to kind of revive that making spirit in town,” she said, “and carry it forward.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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