Lots of new businesses are trying, but few are as successful at creating an instant community as Hammer & Stain DIY Workshop Studio.
The eighth generation of Montanan’s Kate Prescott opened Helena’s branch of the “Do it yourself” studio chain in December after briefly moving to town.
âI wanted to make people fun,â she says. âThey’re called DIY studios, but we’re a little different. It’s not ‘do it yourself’ but ‘do it together’. “
The company offers three to four classes per week, but Prescott said this will vary based on demand.
Participants are given a pre-assembled wood project, like porch planters, corn hole boards, and wooden signs, and spend a few hours painting and staining the piece.
Classes start at $ 35 per person, depending on the project, and are open to 15 to 30 students.
The classes are public. Groups interested in participating can book private lessons. And people can hire the studio to make custom pieces.
“We try to have a great offer for everyone,” said Prescott of the courses and projects on offer.
Prescott previously worked as a surgical technician and admitted “it was kind of a big jump in the field”.
“I’ve always loved the craft side of things, but instilling trust in others has been so rewarding,” she said.