December 2020 Newsletter

John BuckleyMaking, News, Tools

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Christmas is just around the corner, so take a look at the list of gift ideas later in the newsletter. There is not a lot of new things going on. Everyone’s busy getting ready for the holidays. We have a “trial” video editing suite setup at the lab. Currently we are just using some loaner equipment. If there is enough interest, we will setup our own suite with some newer equipment. The suite consists of a fast computer with a very fast GPU video card, and two monitors. The software is DaVinci Resolve, and Photoshop CS4. Resolve is from Blackmagic Design, a manufacturer of professional video/audio equipment. To assist in learning Resolve, Casey Ferris’s Resolve Master Training program is located in the “Video Scratch” folder on the computer. You can watch his videos on the left monitor while running Resolve on the right … Read More

November 2020 Newsletter

John BuckleyEvents, Making, Materials, News, Tools

Let Us Show You How! Makerspaces have become one of the primary places to learn crafts, trades, and technology. Many makerspaces sponsor classes held on a regular basis for learning and as a revenue source. The Covid virus has now made this difficult. At The MakerBarn we have held classes and demonstrations, usually for free. Currently we have had to limit this to sessions on Zoom. Zoom sessions work well, especially well with teaching or demonstrating computer skills. If anyone is interested in having a Zoom session on a topic, let us know. If you would like to host a Zoom session on a maker topic, there are members that can show you how to do it. “Show how to” is one of our greatest strengths at a makerspace. Mentoring others and sharing information and skills is why makerspaces have grown in popularity. At the present moment, it is hard … Read More

October 2020 Newsletter

John BuckleyMaking, Materials, News, Tools

Incubators, Lathe Room and Classes, oh my! October already! Can you believe it. This means we have several holidays coming up, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, even New Years is not that far way. So, it is time to come up with ideas for gifts and decorations. The MakerBarn frees you up to make almost anything you could imagine. From scary Halloween decorations to funny ugly Christmas sweaters. Break-up the Covid boredom and come make something. The Executive Committee is continually working to improve our facilities. The Laser Room was vacated when the lasers were moved to the new Lab. Kathy and Raul worked hard to clean the room and repaint the floor. Now the room will be used for the wood lathes. The big Laguna has already been moved and installed, and a new bench to hold the two small lathes is under construction. Take a look inside the room, it’s … Read More

September 2020 Newsletter

John BuckleyNews, Tools

The Latest… The Covid thing is still a problem, I think everyone knows that, so we won’t waste time on it. As many of you know, there was an outage of Internet at The Shop for 10 days during the month of August. Thanks go to Raul Garcia for implemeting a temporary solution that enabled the use of CNC and other activity during that time. Just so you know, Extrodinary Education (EE) our partner and leaseholder is exploring a change in the way they use and connect to the Internet. We are working with them to ensure there is no interuption in Internet connctivity at The Shop of the EE school in future. We have about 80 members signed up for access to The Lab. All members are welcome. The Lab is where we have laser engravers, 3D printers, t-shirt making, sewing, vinyl cutting, and many other arts and crafts … Read More

August 2020 Newsletter

John BuckleyMaking, News, Tools

Introducing … “The Lab”! For the last few months, it feels like we have been living out the script in a B grade movie. However, I do have some really good news to report. The MakerBarn has opened an annex. It’s called “The Lab”, and it is wonderful! The Lab is located only 1.3 miles from the front door of the Barn. The address is 28030 FM2978 Suite 101. This is about 11⁄2 mile North of Carraway Ln. This is the biggest thing The MakerBarn has done since opening the Barn in 2016. The Lab has our two new lasers and all the equipment that was located upstairs in the Barn. Sewing, Electronics, 3D printing, t-shirt making, and more. The Lab occupies 2100 sqft of office space. Clean, and probably the best part, 24/7 access! There is no additional cost for 24/7 access, but you must go through an orientation … Read More

July 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News, Tools

Message from the president Unfortunately, the 4th anniversary party at “The Grounds” had to be cancelled due to the spike in Covid-19 infections in Montgomery County. Eventually all this will become just a bad memory, but for now it is quite real. Also, you may have heard that Ed Fraini took a nasty fall at home. Bad enough it put him in the hospital for a few days. Ed is the Manager of the Barn Managers and has been doing a great job. Currently, John Buckley has taken on some of Ed’s tasks. We all hope Ed recovers quickly; we miss him at the barn. Even though we are still operating the Barn on a reduced schedule, good things have been happening. For example; Raul did a great job changing the lighting in the shop from fluorescent to LED. It is much brighter in the shop. Thanks, Raul! We have … Read More

June 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernNews

Message from the President Things are certainly improving. We now have The MakerBarn open on a limited basis and members can get back to work on their projects. Soon we will be able to relax the access so we can get back to having classes and train new members on the machines. Speaking of machines, the Executive Committee has approved the purchase of two new laser engravers. These units will replace the lasers we currently have. The new machines are 100 watt lasers with 24” x 36” capacity. They use the same controllers as our current machines, so any files you have generated on the old machine will run on the new machines. Only power and speed may change due to the more powerful laser. If you have any ideas for demonstrations or classes post your ideas on Slack. If you would like to teach a class or do a … Read More

May 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernNews

Message from the president… April was a tough month. Not being able to open The MakerBarn has been a disappointment. Of course, this is nothing compared to what many of our families are experiencing. Not knowing where the next paycheck is coming from is far more serious. Currently, as of Saturday April 25th, the number of active Covid-19 cases is increasing daily in Montgomery County. This means more people are being diagnosed than recovering. So, we are still on the upward side of the curve. On Thursday, April 30th, the Executive Committee met on Zoom to analyze the situation and plan for the reopening of The MakerBarn. We want to make sure the environment is safe, and that our Barn Managers do not feel compelled to show up for duty. Hopefully, we can post an update later in the newsletter. On the brighter side, some of our members have been … Read More

A Thank You from Freedom House

Clay McGovernMaking, News

A video Thank You from Freedom House to the MakerBarn for the work our members did on the project to build beds for their residents.

MakerMade Market and Repair Cafe

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News

Join us for the upcoming MakerMade Market and Repair Cafe. It will be held on the MakerBarn property, Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. It’s a chance for makers to sell their products – right before the holiday season, too! Do you make something special like wood or metal products, leather goods, toys, cake toppers, food items, knitting or embroidery articles, 3D printed objects, wearable technology, or something else entirely? A vendor space is $25 per table. You bring your table/chairs/and shade structure. The event is FREE to the public! What is a Repair Cafe? “It is a meeting in which people repair household electrical and mechanical devices, computers, bicycles, clothing, etc. They are organised by and for local residents. Repair Cafés are held at a fixed location where tools are available and where they can fix their broken goods with the help of volunteers. Its objectives are to reduce waste, to … Read More