Hullonian Peter Somers, a longtime contractor, recently announced a new dimension to his work – teaching others.
At Peter Somers Makers Studio, “students” can attend a wide range of classes, from making a concrete dragon egg or Adirondack chair to learning to install trim and exterior siding.
“We teach classes so we can teach people how to fix things, to make things,” Somers explained. “I have been doing this for over 30 years, and I wanted to share my knowledge. I love seeing the excitement people have when they make something themselves.”
Somers told the Times he tries to “bring something different to every class,” and he noted that “everything comes out different.”
He wants to encourage people to attend a class so “they can learn new skills they can take with them for a lifetime.”
Classes range from $50 to $280 and can last a few hours or several days. Coronavirus precautions are in place, with everybody wearing masks during classes and hand sanitizer readily available.
Private classes are available, Somers said, with “your own group of people,” so there may be less chance of exposure to illness. Despite the virus, Somers reported that his new endeavor has been “fairly busy.”
Somers started out as a general contractor. Among other projects, he worked on renovating the windows of the Paragon Carousel, which received a $100,000 grant in 2009. At the time, Somers had been living in Hull for five or six years and “really loved what they were doing there [to] help out the community,” he recalled.
Somers launched his business, Concrete Poetry, about 17 years ago. He said he took to “the style” of concrete when renovating his kitchen and taught himself how to make a concrete countertop.
Concrete Poetry creates custom countertops, sinks, and more. “Everything that we do is custom. We can make them exactly how [the customers] want. Concrete’s a very versatile medium,” he noted.
The Hingham studio, home to Concrete Poetry and Peter Somers Makers Studio, is tucked behind Derby Street Shoppes. Somers chose the location because “I live in Hull and don’t want to travel far, and I have a beautiful ride to work,” said the 20-year Hull resident.
The large shop in the back of the building is where the action takes place, where classes are held and custom orders are made. For layout purposes, “everything’s pretty much on wheels, so we can move everything,” Somers explained, saying of his job: “It’s so rewarding.”