Five Artisans Walk into a Bar
First to join was woodworker Chef Dan Sabia; besides crafting gorgeously laminated cutting boards, he caters elite wood-fired food events under his company, Wood Fire Food, and has worked under top chefs including Michael White, Andy Nusser, and Bill Taibe. “I knew Connor when we were kids. We’d go to hardcore shows and see concerts in people’s garages.” Years later Sabia reconnected: “I came here to source plates for my dinners … and by the end of the conversation, I was moving in.”
Carlos Chimborazo and Elena Krougliak of C-Los Carpentry worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns before starting a business that allowed them to stay in the food world. Nowadays they build stunning dining tables and turn elegant bowls that celebrate the eccentric organic patterns of wood grain. Their clients include restaurants Cosmé and Maison Yaki in New York City.
A connection to McGinn’s business partner brought Matt Yazel of Yazel Knives into the fold. Yazel trained at the only bladesmithing program in the country, MassArt. A family move led him on the hunt for a new workspace. He’s grateful to have found Makers Central. “I thought I would wind up stuck in some dank basement with low ceilings, all by myself, spiders everywhere.”
Natalia Woodward creates elegant letterpress invitations, business cards and menus under the name Bat Flower Press. She arrived with her 1,200 pound, 1903 Chandler and Price press, affectionately named Greta. The machine was hauled into the space with the help of McGinn’s pickup truck plus some of the other makers’ brawn and ingenuity (using metal pipes for rollers). “This is what I love about this space: I came here with the press, a flat-file and myself, but the others really helped setting me up.”
Says McGinn of Makers Central’s founding ethos: “We want it to be a place where a big part of the value is the people you are surrounded with.”