Eich, who is also the director of the state Office of Rural Health, co-founded The Bodgery with a few other hobbyists about five years ago. His background was in woodworking and carpentry, but with access to so many tools and the knowledge of other members, he’s broadened his interests to now include electronics, 3-D printing and more.
“This place has been like a huge playground for me,” Eich said.
Tona Williams, a full-time visual and performing artist who joined The Bodgery just a few months ago, has also expanded her interests. On a whim, she decided to take a laser-cutting class. Since learning to use the laser cutter, it’s become a favorite of hers.
“This brand new thing I didn’t even expect to be doing … has kind of been consuming all my creativity,” Williams said.