Tear Cap Workshops is 501(3)(c) non-profit organization with the mission to unleash creativity through hands-on learning. Our facility is a former sawmill in Hiram, Maine that we are re-purposing into an artisan collective and craft school. The name “Tear Cap” comes from the mountain peak that rises to the north above our campus; “Workshops” refers both to the workshop space available to rent and to hands-on workshops for educational skill building.
TCW purchased the 19-acre campus in 2017, and since then, we’re slowing transforming the 11 buildings into usable workshop space. We have 2 full-time creative tenants on site: a timberframer and a cabinetmaker. We also have an emerging hands-on workshop schedule: we held our first stonewall building class in 2018, thanks to a partnership with the Stone Trust; and woodworking classes and opportunities are being developed as the Community Woodworking Shop finishes renovation. We currently offer a flexible-use makerspace opportunity we call Rent-a-Bench in the shop, as well as a handful of guided workshops and educational events. We have big plans for other media as well: blacksmithing, pottery and gardening opportunities are all on the horizon as well.