I overheard Jim Newton explaining to someone why he founded TechShop. He described having been involved in some capacity with MythBusters, and having access to all kinds of equipment, then losing that access. He founded TechShop because there wasn’t any existing workshop open to the public.
My take on that (with apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson):
‘Tis better to have lathed and lost
than never to have lathed at all