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Hip Hip Hooray, Phase 1 is Underway!

With the building renovation underway, now we need tools! A donation to our Tool Kitty Campaign means we'll be ready when the doors open, to welcome the community to a place in which it's fun and fulfilling to tinker, fix, repair, invent, build, design, produce, craft, iterate, and innovate. Read the full story here.

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Intro to Laser Cutting


6/3/2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

Photo above is a wood relief sculpture made by Gabriel Schama using a Laser Cutter. Photo copyright Gabriel Schama

Makers Mill is thrilled to offer an Intro to Laser Cutting workshop led by Elizabeth Helfer on Thursday, June 3rd from 6-8pm.  

 In the first part of this virtual workshop, you will learn what laser cutting is, how it works, and look at the breadth of tools that are laser cutters. We will discuss different methods for approaching projects using the laser cutter, popular software and applications for designing for the laser cutter, and look at the basic setup of a 30-Watt Epilog Zing laser cutter. 

In the second part of the workshop you will start designing your own vector file in Inkscape. Liz will be conducting the demonstration in Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape, however, if you have access to another vector software (GIMP, CorelDraw, etc.), that will also work. After the workshop, you will be able to send a finished vector file to Liz, who will run it for you on 1/8” plywood at Hatch Makerspace. Your finished project will then be mailed to you.

About the Artist

Liz Helfer Studios is located in Waltham, MA, where Liz creates sculptures by commission and for exhibition. Liz has focused on metal for over a decade because of its historical complexity and perceived value. However, in recent years she has moved into a mixed media practice that addresses our impending environmental peril.

Liz grew up in New Durham, NH, and has been active in the Lakes Region cultural scene. After graduating from Alfred University, Liz traveled to create sculptures across the USA and Europe. You can find her permanent public sculptures at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia, in Palmyra, NY, and in Newton, MA. She is currently the Coordinator at Hatch Makerspace in Watertown, MA, where she teaches new technologies to the greater Boston community.

You are encouraged to download the free open-source software Inkscape prior to the workshop. After downloading, please login at least once to make sure it opens properly.

This workshop will be conducted over Zoom and thereby requires computer proficiency and access to a laptop or desktop computer.  This same class was hosted by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council earlier in the spring, so if you were interested and missed it, now’s your chance to sign up!

The cost is $35 per person.  If you prefer to register and pay over the phone call Josh Arnold at the Makers Mill office at 603-344-5009.  Once registered, you will be emailed a zoom link for the class.  

 

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"The building is already transforming so fast. It seems whenever I walk into the building there is a new wall, or a new rough opening for windows and doors..... " Josh Arnold

Construction has commenced!

  • Together, we bought a 10,000 sq ft building in downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

  • We asked the community how to best utilize the space to meet their goals and needs.

  • We used your feedback to prioritize programs and create floor plans.

  • We worked with the town and architects to turn those plans into actual construction - now underway!

  • Now we just need tools! Join our Tool Kitty Campaign so we can open the doors ready to rock!

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped us raised enough money to break ground on Phase One renovations.  Join our Tool Kitty Campaign to help stock the newly renovated facility with tools and equipment!

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Join our Tool Kitty Campaign!

With Phase 1 construction of the Makers Mill building underway we are shifting gears from fundraising for bricks and mortar to fundraising for tools and equipment. Feels so much more real don't you think!?

Last year we ran a very successful Tool Raiser program that brought in some pre-loved equipment and tools for the shops, but there are still some very specialized items we need such as a laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer, some of the bigger items for the wood and metal shops, and lots of supplies.

Join our Tool Kitty Campaign to help stock the makerspace with tools and equipment so we are ready to hit the road running when the doors open!

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