What is a Makerspace?
A Makerspace is a shared space where people can come together and collaborate while sharing tools, resources and knowledge. One tool can be effectively duplicated many times over by sharing it, in the same way that someone’s learning experiences may be shared.
When you walk into a typical Makerspace, your first thoughts might be ,”Wow, I could make anything here, if only I had the knowledge”. Then after talking to a few people, you realize the vast amounts of experience and knowledge that exists. Anything you would like to know about, someone has either done it or has a really good idea how to do it. It soon becomes apparent that almost anything is possible.
What can I do?
The real question is “What do you want to do?”. Would you like to design a mechanical part or an organic model and print it using the 3d printer? Or laser cut acrylic, leather, wood, paper? Or etch circuit boards? Or use the metal shop to fabricate and weld complex pieces using mills, lathes, and welders? Or work with wood in a fully equipped wood shop? How about some blacksmithing? You know, heat a piece of metal to “red hot” temperatures and shape it like clay.
Or maybe you would like to carve your own bow and try some archery? Or maybe you could plant a garden and work on permiculture projects?
Maybe you would like to learn robotics or how to program a microprocessor? Really, there is no limit. If we don’t have it, help us get it going. If we have it, you are welcome to use it. Come check us out!
OK, how can I find you?
You can email us at [email protected],
Follow us on our Google Group: MakerSpaceCA, or
You can visit us at:
6438-B Central Saanich Road
(Please make sure you are at 6438-B, not the landlord’s house at 6438. If you are in front of a house, you’re in the wrong place. If you are driving down a long driveway next to a white fence and horses, you are in the right place.)