“Man is a tool-using animal. Weak in himself and of small stature, he stands on a basis of some half square foot, has to straddle out his legs lest the very winds supplant him. Nevertheless, he can use tools, can devise tools; with these the granite mountain melts into light dust before him; seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without tools. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
I thought the quote above was well related to what The MakerBarn is all about. Availability of the proper tools can greatly expand the capabilities of any person.
Today, some of our most valuable tools are not hardware, but instead, software.
The Maker Barn Fusion Class
Autodesk Fusion 360 is a 3D modeling software that comes with a fairly steep learning curve, but fifteen members of The MakerBarn are tackling learning this software in a ten week class designed to teach fundamentals first and gradually build up to working 3D models that can be output and made on our CNC, Laser Cutting and 3D printing equipment at the barn. Several members have commented that they would never have learned so much in a short time without the support of fellow students and the weekly videos that accompany each class. The combination of classroom instruction that follows a strict one-at-time instruction in the most basic modeling techniques and the interaction with other students who are learning together, seems to be a very good combination.
The MakerBarn is considering offering a more advanced version of this class early next year and repeating this basic course for any interested members of The MakerBarn. Contact John Buckley if you are interested.
October 27, we had our first Woodworking for Women class and it was a blast! We had five participants attend, two of which were our very own Makerbarn members. We had lots of fun getting to know each other while learning how to square up a board from rough cut lumber and shaping it into an artisan cheeseboard. Participants learned how to use the jointer, planer, table saw, band saw, drill press, and multiple sanders. Let’s just say those 4 hours were action packed! At the end of the class there were lots of smiles and oohs and aahs as they finished their boards with a color popping finish. We had several requests for more classes, particularly for a coed class – so I hope to see you all next time!!
Christmas Ornament/Gift Making Workshop
We are considering having a workshop/build-a-thon for Christmas gifts and ornaments. It will probably be in the first week of December. If you have any ideas, or want to participate, let someone on the executive committee know. The next executive committee meeting will be November 8 at 6:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend.
A Special Gift
Pam Carlson (no relation, but a good friend of George) gifted The MakerBarn with $2500 in memory of her late husband Harold Carlson (Bear). Bear was a retired architect with a vivid imagination and many skills. After Bear retired, he built their house in Tomball almost single handedly. As you can imagine, the house is very special. It is designed to appear as two log cabins joined together with a newer center section. It is crescent shaped to take advantage of the view over Spring Creek from the bluff above. Bear was a wonderful person and an incredible designer. We all miss him. If you have any ideas how The MakerBarn can make special use of these funds, the executive committee would love to hear them.
Did You Know?
From January through August of 2018, Barn Managers have donated 1802 man hours keeping the barn open for members. If you would like to become a Barn Manager, contact John Buckley.
Metalworking Special Interest Group
The first meeting of the Metalworking SIG will be Monday, November 12 at 7:00pm. The subject will be metals and where to find them. Come join the discussion and share experiences.
This Month’s Safety Note
Remember to watch for safety issues around the shop. If you think another member is doing something that is potentially unsafe, let them know. We all get distracted from time to tiime and make mistakes. If we all watch out for one another these hazards can be greatly reduced.