December Newsletter: Make the winter months more interesting with classes and gifts from the makerspace!

Upcoming Classes
Glass Bottle Cutting Workshop December 17th @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Intro Welding December 18 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Intro Soldering December 22 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Intro to CNC Routers January 19, 2017 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Intro Soldering January 26, 2017 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Free Open Hack Nights!
Every Friday Night 6pm-8pm
Bring a project and work on it in our Electronics Lab or Classroom Space. Share, meet, and collaborate with other makers.
(Note: Next year we will be calling these “Open Create Night” to avoid confusion. Originally named after Life Hacking and the focus on clever ways to make/repurpose stuff.)

Holiday Closure
The makerspace will be closed to non-members between December Sunday 25th 2016 and January 2nd 2017. If you need to contact us you can send an email to shop@portcitymakerspace.com, but our phones will not be answered during that time. Thanks!

Want to host a meet-up in our common area? Submit a request! Groups can meet for free!
We want to know…
We know we want to expand the share workspace offerings we have here beyond just the metal, wood, auto, and electronics spaces, but we need your help figuring out what to do!
Tell us what space you would want to be available here, and how you might be able to help get it set up!

Fundraiser with other non-profits!

Five non-profits, including our makerspace, were selected by the Fabulous Find this month of donations! For those that aren’t familiar with it, the Fabulous Find is a thrift store that dedicates its sales to supporting other non-profits related to the arts, environment, food pantry, fuel assistance, animal shelter and educational organizations.
The non-profits they select each month receive a portion of the sales generated during that month. A couple of us from the makerspace attended the kickoff meeting for this month and got to witness previous organizations receive checks of $7800 each!Help us this month by making your thrift store purchases at their shop!

See our posts about it with #fabulousfindkittery on instagram!

Free Soldering Workshop!
at the Dover Public Library

December 20th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Back by popular demand! Attendees learn to make simple soldered circuits at the Dover Public Library. Participants will use a hot soldering iron to melt solder and then fuse LED lights to a robot badge ornament for the tree or a light up 3D Christmas tree!

This workshop is already full up, but stay tuned on the library’s page and newsletter for more in the future!

Adult Science Night
at BadLab in Somersworth

December 15
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Alex and Jeff will be doing a 3D Printing demo at Bad Lab Brewery in Somersworth! They will be talking all about how the custom-built 3D printer works, how they made it, and how easy it is to make a 3D print!
Free to attend! Suggested donation of $8. 
Ages 21 and up.

✔ DiResta 6 TINTYPE CLASS!
One of our members has been doing regular DIY demonstration videos of several projects. You can see larger videos on his youtube channel, and lots of quick ones on his instagram at @residentmaker

Featured Member: Scott

Featured Member: Scott

Scott Winchester is a meticulous craftsman. He makes everything to the highest standard he knows how. You simply need to look at his final product to know that he’s not one to cut corners and is willing to spend the time it takes make something to the quality he wants it to be. Although he hasn’t been a member for long Scott dove right in at Port City Makerspace as an instructor and the inaugural member of our Space Cadet Volunteer program and single-handedly mans the shop most sundays. Scott teaches our blacksmithing and forging classes and our tool sharpening classes. You can find his work on etsy under the username Stonewind.

 

 

 

 

Featured Member: Paul

Featured Member: Paul

Paul st Pierre is stronger and smarter than you. A master machinist who bridges the generational gap between the old fashion technical mastery of analog and the complex technicalities of Computer controlled, Paul can do it all. Paul is a diligent craftsman who sits humbly in the corner working away on his projects until somebody thinks to ask him for help and then not only does he always have all of the answers but he usually drops what he’s doing to work on your project with you until you are unstuck and inspired.

Interdimensional travel taking place at the makerspace as Paul pulls stepper motors and rails out of a 2D printer to build a 3D printer.

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Paul’s cool cargo bike he built.

“Once, in a futile attempt to stump Paul after getting frustrated about how freaking smart he is I started asking him inane questions about disney movies. I learned two valuable lessons that day: never underestimate Paul, and there were two sleeping disney princesses… Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.”    -Ross Beane