Some of us have been discussing setting up a second plantation of the forest in Edinburgh devoted to open-access workshops. I mean real workshops: not flip-charts and powerpoint, but places where you hammer stuff, build stuff, weld stuff, etc. At Bristo we had the cave and the darkroom. At the new place we would have that and much more: workshops for wood and metal, engineering, textiles, ceramics, printing, bookbinding, whatever. There are already many such places in Germany. You pay a small fee by the hour and you can use the workspace and tools to do whatever you like. There are people around who know what they are doing and can help you. There are courses to teach you the basics and more advanced techniques. Who would be interested in such a thing? We're not sure, but we may be able to do this at Argyle. Let's get some discussion going here and fix a meeting at Tollcross Forest.
Here are some links to similar spaces:
BERLIN: http://www.kunst-stoffe-berlin.de/index ... =6&lang=en
Mittelhäusern, SWITZERLAND: http://www.lesbricoleurs.ch/
'European' (German) network: http://www.offene-werkstaetten.org/