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3D Make: Wood

Ground floor

The wood workshop comprises of two rooms with ample work space and a range of both fixed machines, hand tools and power tools that facilitate student making from a range of disciplines and needs. They are closely connected to the High Risk wood workshop which has a vertical panel saw for accurate dimensioning of sheet wood as well as a large Computer Numerical Control router, table router and table saw.

First floor

The Wood workshop is part of the 3D:Make workshops, which incorporates the Wood, Metal, General and Open Access Space on the first floor as well as the Wood and Metal workshops on the ground floor.

The workshop is focused around making for design driven student working to course briefs or as individuals. It is equipped to support students in a variety of processes, including drilling, sanding, cutting and shaping as well as providing more specialised equipment such as wood lathes, overhead router, planer/thicknesser and table saw.

Equipment:

  • Lathes
  • Pillar drills
  • Bandsaws
  • Sanders
  • Table saw
  • Planer/Thicknesser
  • Overhead router

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PETE SMITHSON

Pete Smithson

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Questions answered by 3D Large Technical Coordinator Pete Smithson.

What can students do here?

We have workshops for wood, metal, casting/plaster, paint surface including a large spray room. I like to think that, within reason, students can make pretty much anything. What’s great about the workshops is they are all next to each other and we have a great staff team, so it’s easy for students to work right across the area depending on their needs. Most of the staff are from a Fine Art background and the workshops are set up to accommodate individual’s work, which I think gives us the flexibility to cope with a wide range of practices, from Fine Art to Industrial Design.

What is the most common request you get?

Every request is different because every student is an individual with individual needs.

Is there a particular project you remember?

Not really, I guess I have seen so many students over the years, I’m ¾ through a life sentence (joking), that means things get a bit blurry, but I’ve always enjoyed working with students to achieve their outcomes. What’s good about the job is the variety and learning with the students how to achieve both the possible and impossible.

Have you ever had to say to a student that a project was impossible?

No is not an answer. Most things are achievable if the students really want to do it, there may be some compromises on the way, but I think that’s part and parcel of making work and its not a bad thing, if things are not always straight forward, everyone learns from it.

How does the workshop fit in with the overall history of CSM?

I started working as a Foundation Technician in 1982 at Saint Martins (as it was then). Over the years the workshops changed, they used to be very course specific, so painting had their own workshop, sculpture another one. I was always a bit of an outsider working with new courses (Fine Art and Critical Studies then Critical Fine Art Practice) and adapting the workshops to suit, as well as building new ones, such as a video editing suite and sound room. I guess, the biggest change to the workshops, came when the Technicians in Fine Art became more autonomous, we became our own bosses. This idea has eventually lead to where we are now at CSM, were we have seven distinct technical areas working across a whole range of courses.

What makes this workshop a special place at CSM?

I like to think that we give students support, time and space, in an enjoyable atmosphere, for them to achieve their goals.