Let’s Start Making!

Join us in bringing G.A.L.A.’s original vision to life by establishing Makers Mill: A Makerspace & Vocation Hub where people come together to cultivate and share a wide variety of crafts, skills, technologies, and arts for personal, professional, and community goals.

It's time to make the most of our new community makerspace.

Almost a year to the day since renovations began in June of 2021, we received our certificate of occupancy and are officially ready to welcome you to start making at Makers Mill!

Well, almost.  We'll kick off with a soft opening in October and in the meantime, you can sign up for weekly tours to see for yourself what's behind the proverbial curtain and also learn about membership opportunities and upcoming classes and events.

While construction is complete, the work is never done!  Volunteers continue to sort and restore tools, build work benches, and plan upcoming programs.  Let us know if you want to be part of this dream team of volunteers creating a place in which it's fun and fulfilling to tinker, fix, repair, invent, build, design, produce, craft, iterate, and innovate.

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November Class Schedule

Take a tour, take a class, take out a membership - Makers Mill is open! What an opportunity to hand-make your holiday gifts and cards here at the makerspace, have some fun, meet people, and learn something new.
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We’re Open for Membership & Classes!

Together we did it! After five years of visioning, designing, building, outfitting, and lots of fundraising, grant writing and red tape in between, Carroll County’s first dedicated makerspace and vocation hub, Makers Mill, has opened its doors for membership and classes at 23 Bay St., Wolfeboro.  Every mile of this journey has been accomplished with …

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Announcements

Front desk and stairs collaboration

Functional Art When you walk in the front door at Makers Mill, the community makerspace and vocation hub opening soon at 23 Bay St. Wolfeboro, NH, you will be standing in front of a collaborative, functional piece of art that reflects the mission and values of this nonprofit organization. The front desk and main staircase …

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Phase 1 Construction is Complete! It's time to make!

  • Together, we bought a 10,000 sq ft building to serve as a community makerspace & vocation hub.

  • We asked the community what their needs and goals were, and designed the space accordingly

  • Enough money was raised from individual donors, grants, and business to complete renovations

  • Volunteers have contributed over 700 hours in 2022 alone to help prepare for opening day

  • Now it's time for the final and most crucial ingredient - YOU! Let's start making the most of the makerspace!

Installing new makerspace canopy sign

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

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Thanks to everyone who has supported Makers Mill already!

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Individual Donors to Date

There have been more than 963 donors to date and gifts of all kinds including . . .

One time gifts, recurring gifts, donor-advised funds, stocks, matching gifts, and in-kind contributions

State & Federal Funding

Northern Borders Regional Commission
Community Development Finance Authority
USDA Rural Development

Private Grants & Donor Advised Funds

Bald Peak Community Fund
The Wolfeboro Fund
Vanderheiden Family Foundation
Biber Foundation
Jockers Foundation
Hussey Family Foundation
Maine Community Foundation
NH Charitable Foundation

Tax Credit Investors

Mill Street Meat Market, LLC
Meredith Village Savings Bank
Carroll County Landscape, Inc
Made on Earth
Milestone Engineering & Construction
Healing Frontiers
New England Coastal Realty
Green Mountain Communications, Inc.
Stanley Elevator Company, Inc.
PSI Molded Plastics, NH Inc
Bradley’s Hardware
Wolfeboro Family Dental

Have a question?

You’re warmly invited to reach out to us via phone, email, mail, or in person.

The Makers Mill is a great example of what’s needed to help tackle New Hampshire’s outmigration and workforce challenges, especially in Carroll County where they are the most pronounced.

Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay, Work, Play NH

We agree with G.A.L.A. on the benefits of bringing a makerspace into Carroll County, and are thrilled to name Wolfeboro as the home of this regional service.

Mary DeVries, Executive Director, Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce

I am enthusiastic about working with the Makers Mill to address the gap in services for 18 - 30 yr olds who wish to upgrade their technical skills or the adults who wish to retrain for new job transitions.

Bruce Farr, President, Lakes Region Technology Center

We’ve come a long way!

The story of Makers Mill begins with a community potluck during the winter of 2006 in Wolfeboro, NH. Those around the table that night were inspired by the phrase “think globally, act locally,” and started referring to themselves as G.A.L.A., for Global Awareness Local Action.

Over the next decade, this group evolved into a well-respected nonprofit that organized initiatives and workshops concerning local food systems, energy conservation, and sustainable community building.  Hands-on workshops that brought people together around making and fixing seemed to resonate among the community.

Inspired by the rise of a global "maker" movement, our organization's leadership saw an opportunity to play a local role by establishing Carroll County's first community makerspace and vocation hub.

Join our Tool Kitty Campaign!

Now that Phase 1 construction is complete, it's time to outfit the newly renovated space with tools and equipment. It is all starting to feel 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 panel saw, chop saw, plasma cutter, a large anvil, metal fabrication table, laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer, and more.

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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