Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Jack Archer and Mark NicholsonSometimes great ideas start quite innocently. In an attempt to create shareable space, with shareable tools, for local artisans, the creators of the BARN on Bainbridge Island realized the great unmet need in the community. It was time to build something bigger, so they began to fundraise, started to build and what developed was far greater than their imaginations. Artists and specialists in a broad array of creative arts, including woodworking, boat building, jewelry and fine metals, book production with a writer’s studio, and kitchen arts are just the beginning of the expertise available to visitors and members! Members of the BARN can learn and develop their skills with the help of volunteer artisans, and the response has been overwhelming. As Mark Nicholson, Executive Director, described it, they have already reached capacity of inner space and parking. A good idea indeed! PNK Rotary’s very own Jack Archer has played an instrumental role both as teacher and organizer. We see now why he is so excited.