We design, We build, We create. Together @thewoodcoop

February 19, 2015

Following our blog post focusing on the works of MAKLab, Bruce Newlands, Co-Director at The Glasgow Wood Co-operative, takes a look at how the use of innovative technology and the collaboration of companies within the creative community is helping a more traditional industry broaden its horizons…

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The Glasgow Wood Co-operative brings together traditional craft and recycling with innovative design and cutting edge digital technology to assist the creative sector in Glasgow and beyond to deliver high quality projects at scale with the maximum social value.

What is The Wood Co-operative? Credit: The Edinburgh Film Company

Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. All of our members have strong, unique talents but we recognised that by bringing these talents together, we could take on projects that might be outside the scope of an individual member. In 2014, five of Glasgow’s best known social enterprises came together to form The Wood Cooperative. Our range of services means that we can design and build using both recycled and storm felled timber. GalGael is all about traditional craft from boat building to the sourcing of Scottish hardwood timber. MAKLAB provides open access to cutting edge technologies such as 3D printing andCNC routing machines and digital embroideryThe Coach House Trust works with wood and recycling while Glasgow Wood Recycling specialises in the re-use of reclaimed timber to make a wide range of garden and indoor furniture. Tog are a design and build studio with a focus on delivering community self-build projects from conception to completion.

Image 002Customised modular furniture using a range of materials Credit: Open Desk

Through our collective approach, we can produce a wider range including furniture, fittings and signage. We are able to deliver one off or repeat commission work from boats to buildings, tables to raised planters using a range of materials from high quality Finnish plywood and high quality Scottish hardwoods through to reclaimed scaffold board.

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Traditional craft & carpentry skills Credit: GalGael Trust

Although our primary focus is creating and manufacturing products, we also offer a wide range of training opportunities across all of our Glasgow facilities. Whether you want to try 3D printingboat buildingfurniture making or making your own jewellery we’ve got something that’ll meet your needs.

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Trainers & trainee’s learning about prefabrication Credit: Tog / GalGael Trust

As well as having skills and people to manufacture and erect a range of buildings we also offer design, architecture and engineering services. Our range of members means that we can start with storm felled timber and end up with beautiful unique buildings & structures that really express the story of making & the empowerment the process can give. By working with communities such as the Greyfriars Community Garden, we can deliver their vision of a place, the way they want it – using high quality local or recycled timber with the highest ethical and social standards.

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Greyfriars Community Garden Credit: Glasgow Wood Recycling

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Award Winning Community Boathouse for the Tiree Maritime Trust by ToG Credit: ToG

If you’re interested in working with us, we have several workshop facilities throughout Glasgow. On the southside, MAKLAB’s Micro Manufacturing Space in the railway arches at Commerce Street, Tradeston and GalGael’s Boatbuilding Workshop on Fairley Street in Govan, are less than 10 minutes’ walk from Creative Clyde’s base at Pacific Quay. Across the river in Scotstoun is where Glasgow Wood Recycling is based and The Coach House Trust have their workspaces just off Great Western Road. We’re a friendly bunch so don’t be shy, feel free to pop in and say hello!

We’re always on the lookout for new projects so if you would like to commission a piece of work, are looking for a collaboration or are interested in training opportunities, check out our website or you can get in touch via email info@thewoodcooperative.org