We are sad to report that The Village Workshop in Northville will be closing on March 31. From a wide range of tools, to interesting events, the Workshop provided an exciting and creative place for makers to work and interact. Founded on the notion that “everyone who has an idea should have a place to make it a reality with tools and other resources that most people don't have access to alone,” the organization provided a wonderful resource to their members.
We hope the members of The Village Workshop can find a new makerspace home at one of the many makerspaces in southeast Michigan. These include:
i3 Detroit, Ferndale, https://www.i3detroit.org/
OmniCorp Detroit, http://omnicorpdetroit.com/
The Work Shop, Westland, http://cantonworkshop.com/
All Hands Active, Ann Arbor, http://www.allhandsactive.org/
Factory Two, Flint, https://factorytwo.org/
TinkerTech, Ypsilanti http://tinkertech.io/
local makerspaces in libraries and in universities and colleges
… and Maker Works, in Ann Arbor, about 30 minutes from The Village Workshop
If we’re in your driving range, we’d like to give former Village Workshop members and staff one free checkout class through April 30. Also through April 30, Village Workshop members and staff can receive the family discount on a 30-day membership, just $60. Or a quarter membership, just $240. Please stop by or call (734-222-4911) and we'll get you started.
To our members, please welcome new folks from The Village Workshop and help them feel at home here.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.