NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Last year at this time, Tech Shop abruptly shut its doors. Nova Labs was uniquely positioned to lend a helping hand to the small business owners in their time of need. This brought out the best in Nova Labs members, who are compassionate, resourceful, and talented. From this leadership challenge, Nova Labs went on to reorganize, testing out a slightly different leadership model, in which team leads were identified to form the core leadership team, in collaboration with the board. The team leads and board have now met consistently for ten months. In the most recent meeting, a newly opening incubator was discussed, and there was fresh energy and innovation around ideas for how to use this space. More on this later in the newsletter. This is just one example of how the team leads model serves Nova Labs well, and positions Nova Labs for meeting upcoming challenges.
Not to be missed in November – the Green Way Roundup! On the weekend of November 17 and 18, the wood shop is a hub of activity as a load of lumber is transformed into cool shop furniture.
The board welcomes key members Margie Foster and Erickson Foster. Learn more about Margie and Erickson in this newsletter.
Last month, the board interviewed several candidates for the upcoming board positions. The board meeting to bring on new board members and elect officers was postponed until December to allow scheduling of a final round of board interviews. We also have been in discussions with our current landlord in order to get a firmer timeframe on when we will need to vacate this property…more to come on that later in the month.
In addition, if you purchase things from Amazon, please consider switching to smile.amazon.com and selecting Nova Labs as the beneficiary. Doing this shifts 0.5% of your purchase price to Nova Labs as a donation, at no expense to you! It’s a simple way to help Nova Labs!
>Provided by Jim Girardi & Marybeth Haneline
The Red Blue Collective‘s expansion to a larger space of their own creates an opportunity for others who’d like to benefit from and contribute to our Makerspace. We’re seeking to fill the space with people or firms who’d complement the skill and experience sets of our current incubator community. Accordingly, preference in consideration will be given to artists or artisans. Incubator participants contribute time and talent to Nova Labs. The participation fosters leadership and growth. Key membership is required of incubators, with preference given to applicants who have a history of investment in Nova Labs. If interested, please let us know by completing the interest form and we’ll be in touch about next steps. For more information, please feel free to contact Jeanne Marshall or Patrick Thompson.
>Provided by Jeanne Marshall
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCTOBER
On Thursday, October 17, we had the privilege of hosting the Chinese Delegation. There were 20 people who attended. They took lots of pictures and asked a lot of questions. While some seem familiar with the concept of maker spaces, for others it was a new idea. They had some basic questions about our founding and funding and they were interested in how we got started and how we stay open. They also asked about government regulation of maker spaces. They seemed surprised when we told them that starting the space was relatively simple – a few guys with an idea and a bit of money. We explained that no one actively regulates Nova Labs, apart from the fire marshal, and that we get limited assistance (or guidance or control) from the government apart from our tax-free status as a non-profit.
All in all, a very successful visit – with help from Jeanne, Bob, and Bo.
If anyone knows another group that may want a presentation/tour (like a Rotary club, Government organization, or tech team), feel free to let the board know – We are always happy to host and share the joy of making.
>Provided by Lieselot Whitbeck
In partnership with the Woodworker’s Guild, Nova Labs welcomed VIP speaker, Don Williams, during his visit in October. Don is a conservator, educator, scholar, and all around inquisitive guy, having worked on some of the most interesting objects and historic buildings in our nation’s public and private collections. He has developed, managed, and presented educational programming on an array of subjects in the fields of conservation, woodworking, and wood finishing, and has published and presented scholarly research on subjects like ancient coating materials and craft techniques, and created pioneering uses for traditional and modern materials, including some of his own invention. (From Don’s Barn: About Don. )
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION: Jeremy Webb, Blacksmith
Jeremy has worked very hard to bring the metal grinder up to high standard. Thank you, Jeremy, for your work and dedication!
Here’s Jeremy’s report: The belt grinder has a couple more upgrades. All of the plastic wheels have been replaced with aluminum wheels which seems to have fixed the issue with the belt wandering.
The drive wheel is also smaller which means belt speed is slower but the grinder seems to have more power now.
We also have a 10″ contact wheel now. It is medium hardness so it should give a very nice finish but please make sure you are keeping your piece cool so it doesn’t wear out prematurely.
I will hold a couple of free classes to go over all of the new attachments, functionality and some new tips for better grinding in the next few weeks.
> Provided by Jennyfer Peterson
MAKER SPOTLIGHT: RICK WEIL
I’ve been turning for about 5 years now in my home shop. I escaped from the box farm (retired from my IT job) one year ago in August, discovered Nova Labs this past Spring, and started teaching bowl turning at NL shortly afterwards. I developed a couple of classes – bowl turning, and lathe tool sharpening – and am working on a bowl/vase design curriculum. I love the willingness of NL members to share what they know and to lend a hand in what others are doing. I love the way the community encourages participation and exploration. I love the multi-generational and multi-faceted nature of the community. And I love all the neat tools I get to play with. Since I’ve joined N-L, I’ve been exploring metal working, welding, laser-cutting, and blacksmithing. Not that I need more hobbies – skiing, diving, hiking, and landscape photography pretty much ensure I don’t lack for things to do when I’m not being a maker. I have several websites. My etsy store is on life-support at t he moment, I really need to post some items for sale, but its URL is www.etsy.com/shop/arcology. My portfolio site is www.weilworks.net. It’s a little dated as well, I need to post some of my recent work. Too much making, not enough publishing!
HAPPENINGS IN NOVEMBER
Nov 17 & 18: Green Way Roundup
Need a LOT of makers to help with a major rework of our Green Way shop commons. You can learn, learn and HELP make a BIG difference. This is an area we ALL use regardless of our home tribe. Learn more & RSVP: Green Way Roundup. Signup for a crew here: Crew signup
Nov 19, 6:30pm: VIP visit! Gina Waldhorn, CEO of Quirky “The Quirky World of Licensing”
Join us for a presentation by Gina Waldhorn, Quirky CEO. Ms. Waldhorn will share some tips and tricks for using Quirky to help you secure a licensing deal or even outright acquisition. Gina Waldhorn was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 2017’s Most Daring Entrepreneurs. She will join our meetup via Skype. This event is in partnership with INCA. Learn more: Quirky
Nov 22, 1:30pm – 6:00pm: Maker Thanksgiving Potluck
Our highly successful holiday Maker meal is back by popular demand! We’re gathering for a friendly potluck Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, ham, brisket, and all the delicious things you’ll make and bring. This is great for anyone not traveling home for the holiday who wants to share a meal, conversation, and plenty of laughter. More Info & RSVP: Potluck RSVP What are you bringing?: Meal/Dish Signup
Nov 28, 7pm: Nova Labs Safety Meetup
Join us for a discussion of our maker space safety and emergency needs. Are you interested in or experiences with any areas of safety? Do you want to find ways to contribute to our community? Do you have a safety and emergency management question or need you want to help discuss or ask about? Please RSVP: NL Safety
Dec 1: Maker Market & Artisan Fair – Need YOU to be a vendor
Calling all vendors/maker/entrepreneurs/hobbyists! Get a table for only $15 (Request your table here) at our Maker Market and Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 1, from 10am to 4pm, and we want YOU to be there to sell your awesome creations! Artists, crafters, and inventors in general are welcome. We will have 22 tables and they are going fast! We are expecting over 400 people who will see your awesome stuff. For more info & RSVP: Maker Market.
>Provided by Jennyfer Peterson
CALL TO VOLUNTEERS
NOVA Pass is an access control system for NOVA Labs tools. NOVA Labs members use their badges to activate the tools. The system checks the member database to confirm they are they are signed-off on the tools. The project will eventually be released to open source in the hopes that other maker spaces may benefit.
NOVA Pass is being developed in-house by software and hardware developer member volunteers. If you are a software or hardware developer and would like to help, we’d love to hear from you.
NOVA Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:
WELCOME NEW KEY MEMBERS
Margie Foster sponsored by Shane Smith
Margie has stepped up to teach the long lost Stained Glass class among other things. As an accomplished web architect, she has jumped into a lead role on updating our aged website. Being an avid woodworker will help her continue to find venues for building community.
Erickson Foster, Family member with Margie Foster
Erickson is a talented graphic designer and passionate about fashion design. He has been spotted working with a couple stewards on projects that will no doubt improve Nova Labs. He has jumped right into the Pfaff CNC sewing machine with Jeff Chanesman. In talking with him, he has an eye for aesthetics.
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