AUB Industry introduced their first in a series of workshops to offer participants the opportunity to use campus workshop facilities and learn a new skill.

AUB industry work to promote and facilitate AUB led programmes that support local industry, as well as student employability and entrepreneurship. The outreach programmes encompass a range of activities, from research and innovation match-funding, industry access to an array of creative, digital and maker studios, as well as project collaboration with staff and student groups.

The first workshop of the series welcomed Dave Germain, founder of local craft workshop South Hand Crafted, who taught the group how to make a handplane for bodyboarding.

Lucy Devall, Innovation Studio Outreach Senior Officer and organiser of the event, commented:

“We were so pleased with how this event went! Meet the Maker is a new series for AUB designed to support industry outreach activities and get more people from across the Dorset community engaged with making and creating.

Dave from South Hand Crafted was a fantastic host. The day started with an inspirational talk about his business values, the story behind his craft as well as case studies in sustainable design. The rest of the day was based in the AUB workshop where we each got to make our own wooden mini surf handplane – each stage handcrafted and overseen by Dave and our workshop technicians.

We’d always aimed for this series of events to bring together people from across Dorset professions and the event didn’t disappoint. We had a milliner, a clothing designer, an engineer, a potter, a lifeguard, a teacher and various multi-skilled technicians! It was a brilliant success.

What we’d love for the future, is to bring together even more professions and practitioners from across the region.”