Ed. note: Nova Labs member (and chief fan/cheerleader), [Jennyfer Peterson] writes of her experience on a recent evening at the makerspace.
I was in the lab last night; it was hopping! If you were there, you’d have found something in your passion area happening.
Woodshop Office Hours was pleasantly packed! Nice. You have to understand that we are not trying to attract tons of folks at a time. Six or seven people is a good group. It’s social, but still safe. All experience levels were there. From newb to Norm. (Norm the lathe instructor. He gave me a ring holder for showing off in our project sample area. Come see it, it’s gorgeous!) You can focus on your project, there isn’t a line. You can also get help or set up to learn a new hand tool each with some scrap. Or come and get help picking a project.
Jeff and I met a lady who came in to ask about how things work and how to get involved. She hooked us up with another lady who does stained glass. Her stuff is amazing!! I’m tracking her down to feel out if she will be a good fit for us. Especially if she can help with the girls who solder idea. Her stuff incorporates metal and glass. It’s going to depend on if she’s willing to learn as well as teach because that’s a natural metal shop connection and that cross connection of skills is really what sets us apart here.
I always love meeting maker couples. Lauren, Joshua C’s wife was there. Joshua is building her a wood and metal display to display her magnet craft products. She’s one of our many, many entrepreneurs here. We also met Michael Fraser’s (Board of Directors) wife. He was walking her through on her first tour. She loved the Arts and Crafts area so it was perfect that Lauren happened to be sitting there doing hand spinning and showing me her wool dying items for business. WOW!
Bo and his handy assistant were in Orange Bay making gold and red space ship Christmas ornaments. You have to see these. They’d make adorable stocking stuffers. I have some other items at the front desk that would be great stocking stuffers for teachers, co-workers and friends also. Stop by and ask me.
Norm gave me a key ring holder for display at the Front Desk. I got a new intern, Annabelle, who will be starting soon. She’ll be working on Sunday afternoons and on Thursdays. She’s a 14 year old who loves fine arts, drawing, and has had a lot of woodworking at school. She’s very excited to explore a makerquest that blends digital arts, crafts, and the shop tools. Yep, she’ll fit in here perfectly.
The digital arts tribe had their meetup. They were 6 strong, most of whom were repeat attendees. So I’m happy for my 14 year old that that tribe is taking off finally. Digital arts is THE key maker skill. It is used in just about every maker area here, from electronics to woodworking to 3D printing. Not sure why folks are not making that connection yet, but they will.
Don’t just watch the TED videos about getting you and your family back to learning by doing, actually DO IT. So much goes on here. It’s hard to see it if you are sitting there waiting for classes to get started. Pick a spot, take a risk, close your eyes, and jump in.