Troublesmiths: from trouble to trade

If you’re looking for a quick gift, check out Troublesmiths in Watchorn Street – one of our latest commercial tenants. They have done a fantastic job decking out the space, and the shop is a great social enterprise!

Troublesmiths is a youth social enterprise specialising in personal growth, work experience and making.

The team is made up of young Tasmanians who are at risk of long term unemployment, but who have taken their futures into their own hands. Troublesmiths produce their own range of body products and homewares, all handmade in store at 20 Watchorn Street. The Troublesmiths range is full of natural, nourishing and beautiful products including, Soap, Hand Salve, Candles, Beeswax Wraps, Earrings, Lip Balm, Hair Oil, Massage Oil and more.

Like most people, everyone who works at Troublesmiths has run into some sort of ‘trouble’, barrier or challenge in life. Maybe they have low literacy or numeracy. Perhaps they have experienced unplanned parenthood. Some may have mental health challenges. And it’s likely they may be having trouble accessing support to get a driver’s license or a car. Like any craft or small business, the journey of a Troublesmith is about creative thinking, problem solving, tenacity and self-belief. That’s why ‘Smith’ is a good analogy – it brings to mind a masterful worker who takes pride in what they do. A ‘Smith’ takes something (like Trouble), and makes something beautiful and valuable out of it. And so, the name Troublesmiths is a cheeky nod to the naysayers; and speaks to the strength of our team and their capacity to be masters of not only their craft, but their own lives.

Troublesmiths share their new Watchorn Street space with their umbrella organisation, Impact Communities.

Impact Communities is the community arm of Workskills, and works to deliver innovative programs that empower people to achieve their goals. Impact Communities collaborates with government, business, education & training, community organisations and other groups to realise the potential of individuals and families throughout the Tasmanian community.

Pop into 20 Watchorn Street to say hello, and head to to make a purchase that makes a difference in the lives of young Tasmanians.