By Julia Dolinger
“Nothing is out of reach,” says Justin McCarty ’15 of the creative possibilities within SHOP, “no matter the idea.” SHOP (Student Handiwork for Organized Projects) is a project dedicated to building an entrepreneurial spirit within the Dickinson community. When it was proposed to the Idea Fund in 2012, its founders saw a need for a do-it-yourself knowledge base and mentality on campus. Their mission is to create a network of support where people can develop and hone vocational skills together. The SHOP work space, currently located at 380 W. North Street, is open to the Dickinson public both through open hours and with planned workshops. People can bring their ideas to SHOP and be supervised through the construction process, or learn a skill in the workshops that are led by facilities management. In the past, the workshops have taught participants how to change their oil, woodwork, landscape, or put up drywall. Specifically, professional contractors can teach students how to measure materials such as wood and drywall, craft from these materials using drills or other hand tools, and produce a finished product, from bookshelves and chairs to the renovation of walls and houses.