DIY wood-working shop opens


By Sara Barker

Board and Brush, a do-it-yourself woodworking and painting studio, recently moved to downtown Westfield.

Heather Cramer pauses inside Board and Brush. (Photo by Sara Barker)

Heather Cramer pauses inside Board and Brush.
(Photo by Sara Barker)

The company began March 2015 and now has more than 20 locations nationwide. The company says the newest is in Westfield because of the city’s setting north of Indianapolis and the uniqueness of the space at 100 N. Union St.

“The kind of business this is, you want a different kind of building,” said Heather Cramer, manager of the Westfield location. “(Board and Brush) found this, and they thought it was great.”

To sign up for a class, participants can go to Board and Brush’s online calendar and purchase a seat on the day of their choice. Registration requires one flat fee that covers the cost of materials, instruction and refreshments.

“We have people (in classes) who have never touched a drill or sandpaper in their life,” Cramer said. “Everything is set up when you get here. It’s raw wood and your stencil, and then we walk you through the process of how to assemble it, how to paint it, what look you want, laying the stencil, all of that.”

Classes can take up to three hours to complete the finished product of distressed wood printed with a surname, monogram, greeting or other design. During registration, participants can request to be seated next to someone else who also is taking the same class.

“Everybody leaves, and it looks like (a finished product). They don’t have to come back and pick it up. It’s done when they leave,” Cramer said. “The great thing about this is, not only are you walking away with something cool, but you have an experience with your friends or your family.”

Board and Brush offers classes through September. For more, visit


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