The ABCs of a building a Makerspace


“Build it, and they will come.” You may know the quote from the movie “Field of Dreams,” without actually having seen the movie. Haunting whispers from the corn fields fills the head of Kevin Costner’s character, Ray Kinsella.  We aren’t whispering to you. The corn fields are not talking to you.  If your dreams are haunted with laser cutters and 3D printers, we feel your pain. Honestly, we dream about laser cutters, 3D printers, and building an awesome maker-space where you can join us in fun discoveries of learning and making.

You may be an early adopter. You love the ‘new,’ and you get it. You want to be there at the beginning, this is your chance. You may be or want to be a builder, it could be furniture, Legos, or robots, nonetheless we are looking for you. We are also reaching out to builders of good will, networks, communities, and skills. We are all collaborators at one time or another, in-person or on the web. Creating our dedicated, well equipped maker-space requires collaboration now.

The MakerLab NW Board of Directors is reaching out to you, fellow maker and curious thinker, and asking you to become a charter member of a maker-space, because we believe that you want a maker-space in Shoreline, WA, as much as we do. Please visit the “Join Us” page to join. If you aren’t ready to commit to a membership, any donation helps.

A Space! Sort of….

Exciting news! Starting in October, we are renting a room at Bethel Lutheran Church in Shoreline! This isn’t the permanent space we hoped to have by now, but it‘s a place to meet more often and on a regular basis, and we’ll be able to do more than we can at the library! Definitely a step in the right direction!

We have our first Make and Take workshop planned in the new space for Saturday, October 1st, 1:00-4:00pm. We’ll be exploring papercraft with Bryce McGee and Jessica McGee! They have done some amazing papercraft work, but we are going to start off with something a little easier. We’ll have lots of pre-printed papercraft models to choose from, and lots of glue! You can find more details on Meetup:

What do you want to make?

I had hoped to have good news about a physical space by now to share with the group, but that has hit a temporary snag. The good news is that the city does want to work with us and help us make this a reality. The bad news is that they feel the original space they had offered us would not be the best option. So, while it sounds like we will be making the makerspace happen, it won’t be quite as soon as I’d hoped.

I’d like to use the extra time we have now to get to know you all better. I’ll be setting up regular “show and tell” meetups where we can meet, probably at a local coffeehouse, and show off what we’ve been making, or ask for help if we need it. We can also use this time to talk about the future space and how we want to shape it.

We are pretty much a blank slate at the moment. This group and this space can be whatever we want to make it. The ones that step up and say “I want to make this” or “I want to learn that” will help us decide what equipment to purchase first, and where to look for mentors and teachers.

I’ve created a poll to help us make initial decisions. Please take a minute to answer.

What do you want to make/learn? choose up to 3, or add your own
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