RSVP Now for Our Open Data and Laser Cutting Workshop February 26th

RSVP Link: https://mm_opendatalc022617.eventbrite.com/

Date: Sunday, February 26th

Cost: $13

Map nerds, open data enthusiasts, and laser lovers, unite … to get creative with open data. We will start with a brief introduction to open data initiatives and how to find open data that can be freely incorporated into your creative projects. You will then get hands-on with TileMill and Inkscape/Illustrator to design files based on open data.

The teacher will be able to laser cut a basic open data design into wood or acrylic. Because laser-cutting can be time-consuming, there will also be a selection of pre-made objects for you to take home.

Students should bring: A PC/Linux computer with Inkscape or Illustrator and Tilemill installed. A USB stick if they have one. https://tilemill-project.github.io/tilemill/

Note: This is not a laser cutter certification. The teacher will be operating the laser cutter during the course.

About the Instructor:
Erika Rydberg has been working in community and academic makerspace development since 2013. She sells her work at www.lasersoflove.com and you can find more information about her at her slow loading website www.erikarydberg.com

 

Manchester Makerspace to Host Laser Cutting Accessories Workshop

RSVP Link:
https://mm_lasercutaccess020317.eventbrite.com/

Date: Friday, February 3rd

Cost: $13

In this open workshop students will learn the basics of Inkscape (or Illustrator) to design laser cut necklaces or keychains. During the class students will be able to prepare one small project from scratch and choose materials provided by the instructor.

Students will also learn about the basic tools used to make jewelry and resources for further exploration of their art. During the class they’ll also be able to assemble a few additional pieces made by the instructor.

Students should bring: A laptop with Inkscape or Illustrator installed. A USB stick if they have one.

Note: This is not a laser cutter certification. The teacher will be operating the laser cutter during the course.

About the Instructor:
Erika Rydberg has been working in community and academic makerspace development since 2013. She sells her work at www.lasersoflove.com and you can find more information about her at her slow loading website www.erikarydberg.com

Help Spread the Word About Our gofundme Andy Motter Lathe Conversion

Complete gofundme details: https://www.gofundme.com/4p-andy-motter-lathe-conversion

I’m David, the woodworking resource manager for the Manchester Makerspace.

The woodshop has acquired an old pattern makers lathe (formally owned by Andy Motter) that we are in the process of updating. This lathe is built entirely out of cast iron. It’s substantial bulk and solidly built headstock and ways will make it a great lathe for bowl turning.

We need to raise funds to support this conversion. The funds will be used for (in order of need and importance)

$260 – VFD and Motor, modern variable speed drive
$140 – Drive train parts, pulleys, shaft, bearings
$400 – Banjo, Tool rest, Face plate, chuck etc

The immediate need is for the drive. Any funds raised after that will be used to outfit the lathe for use.

Andy Motter was well known and generous woodturner / teacher. He would be thrilled to see this lathe back in action and being used by the community.

This lathe is sure to be a proud addition to our shop and a conversation started for years to come.

Help us give this old (1870s!) lathe yet another new life.

If you want to see what we are up to come visit an open house event, every Monday from 6PM-8PM at 36 Old Granite Street!

Thanks,
-David

Help spread the word!

Help Us Achieve Our gofundme Goal to Purchase Welding Safety Gear

In response to receiving a Millermatic 180 MIG welder and consumables, Manchester Makerspace now needs a work surface and safety equipment in order for members to begin training and using this tool. We’ve set up a gofundme page to help us raise the funds to reach this goal.

Intended Outcome
Build a 3’x4’ welding bench for general welding work, and purchase enough safety gear for two welders to work at a time (safety training requires an instructor and student to view the weld simultaneously). Work surface height should be 35” to accommodate as many people as possible, with 4” of height adjustment.

After the welding workstation is complete, we will be able to provide monthly safety training to any two active Manchester Makerspace members on the first Saturday of every month.

The success of this gofundme will greatly empower our safety training at Manchester Makerspace!

Complete details including list of equipment/gear needed and how to donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/manchester-makerspace-welding-gear

Manchester Makerspace to Host Granite State Woodturners Meeting on Saturday, November 26th

“Open Turning at Manchester Makerspace Wood Shop”

Join us as we host the next Granite State Woodturners meeting at Manchester Makerspace on Saturday, November 26th from 9am – 12noon! This meeting is open to the pubic and *ALL* levels of experience – from beginner to old hands.

Program:
– Announcements and general business (Claude D)
– Introduction to the Manchester Makerspace (Dave B)
– Show-and-tell (bring something!)
– Remaining time: Open shop

Please bring wood, tools, ideas, questions – this is a valuable opportunity to turn for a few hours in a multi-user/collaborative setting: learn, teach, share, enjoy.

Also, for most of us this is a way to find out what resources the shop can offer for later use at your own pace.

RSVP Now for Our Stitch & Sip-Felting Crafts and Holiday Ornaments Workshop on Saturday, December 3rd

Direct RSVP Link: https://mm_stitchsipfelt_120316.eventbrite.com/

Don your ugly holiday sweater, bring your own beverages and enjoy an evening of holiday craft upcycling. In this 2-hour workshop we will hand-craft holiday ornaments and décor using high-quality felted wool from recycled sweaters.

About the Instructors: Victoria Keleher Brier (a.k.a. Stitchy Pinfingers) is a self-taught crafter. She learned from watching the best (her Mother and Grandmother) and honed her skills into a hobby and small business. Stitchy Pinfingers was born four years ago and now can be seen at craft events all over New Hampshire. When not stitching, Victoria is raising her three children, working as an assistant photo stylist and volunteering at her children’s elementary school.

Sara Clarke-Vivier is a career teacher with 7 years in K-12 education and 5 years in adult education in both the community and the university. She has taught in both formal and informal environments, including art, science, and children’s museums. In addition, Sara is an educational researcher with interests in curriculum design and instruction in informal learning spaces. Her current research looks at how schoolteachers integrate informal learning opportunities into their curricula.

Audience: Adults

Activities: Felted wool holiday ornaments and décor from repurposed wool sweaters.

Materials required: felted wool, yarn, thread, needles, high-quality scissors, ornament hangers, scented satchels, etc.

Cost: $30/student

For any questions: Please contact us at education@manchestermakerspace.org.