Using Recipes for A Great Makerspace

How can you keep your makerspace members safe and make them productive on tools they’ve never used before? How can you prevent damage to your tools from misuse? How can you continuously improve your makerspace? If you talk to enough makerspace operators, you’ll hear stories of tools and, even worse, members getting hurt in preventable ways. And of makerspaces where some things don’t get better, but sometimes get more cluttered, less efficient.

Craft Show 6/2/2018

Maker Works will host its second craft show on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 11am-4pm to assist our makers in showing and selling what they’ve been creating!

We welcome items that have been made here at Maker Works, as well as items you or your company have made elsewhere (except food items).

Please register here if you’d like to participate as a vendor.

Looking forward to a fun time seeing what everyone’s been making!

Woodcarving & Tool Sharpening Demo

by Mike Kapetan

February 24 1pm-3pm

Master woodcarver and sculptor Mike Kapetan will demonstrate the properties of wood as they relate to carving. He will demonstrate techniques for sharpening carving tools to razor-edge keenness, and he will demonstrate basic techniques of carving wood.

Mike Kapetan is a sculptor with more than forty years of professional experience. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from Harvard and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Michigan. He works in a variety of media. He has created liturgical images and artifacts for more than fifty faith communities including all Christian denominations, a synagogue, and a Buddhist Temple. He also creates abstract art, and he designs sundials. He has developed special skills as a self-taught woodcarver.

If you have a tool that you would like advice on sharpening, please bring it and, time permitting, Mike will be happy to look at it at the end of today’s session.

Leather Belt Workshop with Tandy Leather

March 7, 7-8:30pm

Explore leathercraft in a fun and functional way! We will be creating a belt from scratch, utilizing several basic tools that have a wide array of uses in leathercraft. We will cover several fundamental techniques that are easy to follow, and once learned, can be applied in many different situations while working with leather.

Workshop is limited to 10 participants, please preregister on our class calendar.

(Maker Works member price is $30, non-member price is $35 for this workshop.)

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Why a Makerspace Operations Bootcamp?

Before we opened the doors to our makerspace (Maker Works), my business partner Tom Root and I talked about how we could help other people create a makerspace in their community.  (We probably don’t have to convince you why we think they’re important for every community to have.)  And as anyone who runs a makerspace knows, we ended up spending a huge amount of time (and still do) on phone calls and tours with these folks.  We do think those tours are useful, and if you want to drop by, we’re happy to spend some time talking shop.  But as time went by, Tom and I talked more about presenting the systems we use with enough detail and within an organizing framework so that someone could hit the ground running, rather than having to re-invent the makerspace wheel over and over again.

Amazing Halloween Creations

Many Maker Works members created totally original costumes in the shop, which were inspired by characters from like Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and The Addams Family. With a little elbow grease and creativity, these makers took Halloween to a whole new level.

 Member Alexis won a judge’s award in the 2014 Youmacon masquerade competition with her awe-inspiring Maleficent costume, based on the lead character from the movie of the same name. The feathers were made using our  laser cutter , and her ring was made using our  3D printer .

Member Alexis won a judge’s award in the 2014 Youmacon masquerade competition with her awe-inspiring Maleficent costume, based on the lead character from the movie of the same name. The feathers were made using our laser cutter, and her ring was made using our 3D printer.

 These butterfly wings were made by staff member Stu using used the  laser cutter  and strip heater.

These butterfly wings were made by staff member Stu using used the laser cutter and strip heater.

 Staff member Je’Tone used the Maker Works  sewing machines  to create this wonderful Mad Hatter costume.

Staff member Je’Tone used the Maker Works sewing machines to create this wonderful Mad Hatter costume.

 Je’Tone also made what is quite possibly the cutest-ever Wednesday Addams costume. She used the Maker Works sewing machines for this, too.

Je’Tone also made what is quite possibly the cutest-ever Wednesday Addams costume. She used the Maker Works sewing machines for this, too.