Who we are

THE MAKER BARN

SINCE 2016
Who we are

The MakerBarn began as a dream and a desire to share the “making” spirit with others. Our humble beginnings started with an old barn, a small team of dedicated volunteers, and a lot of sweat-equity working through a hot, Texas summer.

It took over a year of planning, clean-out, and construction to make the MakerBarn a reality. “If you build it, they will come.” In June 2016, The MakerBarn opened, people came, they saw the value, and membership started to grow.

We are a 501c3 organization with approximately 210 members. Our makerspace is run completely by our volunteer members. We learn from each other and enjoy sharing our knowledge with others.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee (or "EC") meets once a month to handle the operational business of The Maker Barn. The EC additionally reviews and recommends policy, issues regarding safety, and maintenance of equipment.

The EC is always looking for ways to provide more value to the membership, including planning large tool purchases and coordinating training classes.



 

EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS

The MakerBarn is separated into "The Shop" and "The Lab". The Shop houses the woodworking and metalworking tools, and the Lab houses the rest (such as lasers, 3D printers, craft tools and more).

We are continually adding tools to our makerspace, so check back often to see what is new.


 

MEET THE AREA MANAGERS

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WOODWORKING & CNC
JIM BARRON

Jim has lots of experience with woodworking and CNC. He holds occasional CNC classes that demonstrate the Vectric V Carve Pro software we use. Jim can check you out on woodworking and CNC tools at the Barn.
Contact him via SLACK.
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METALWORKING
BRYAN MANKA

Bryan is area manager for metalworking which includes the metal mill and the metal lathe at the Barn. He can check you out for use of either of these machines Contact him via SLACK.
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LASER CUTTING AND ENGRAVING
GREG RADLIFF

Greg is an artist and expert at using Laser Cutter and Engravers. Greg can show you the LightBurn software we use and can check you out for use of the Laser printers in the Lab. Contact him via SLACK.
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ELECTRONICS
RAUL GARCIA

Raul is area manager for electronics. More of a fixer than designer, but willing to help and learn together. See Raul for anything related to microcontrollers, electronic devices or other electronics related projects. Contact him via SLACK.
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3D PRINTING
JODY COCHRAN

Jody is a graphic artist with deep experience in 3D printing and other graphics tools. Jody can show you slicer and other software used with the 3D printers. Contact him via SLACK.
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WELDING
THIS COULD BE YOU!

You may have skills on the MIG, TIG, acetylene torch, and/or plasma cutter. You enjoy working with metals and can help check members out.
Contact us via SLACK.

We are constantly growing and setting new goals and horizons. We are looking for someone like you.