When I first heard the concept of a MakerSpace, I became incredibly elated. I never really considered myself a “Maker” until I heard the term. I considered my self a “dabbler” and maybe a “Jack of All Trades”.
I also have never been sure what side of my brain is the most dominant. You see, I was one of the first generation to grow up with a computer in the house. In fact, it was Macintosh Classic. That Mac lit the fire in me that gave me my technical side that I use every day as a computer technician but also the artistic side that would spend hours in Mac Paint, which at the time had a color palette of black, white and gray in-between since the monitor and Mac were not capable of color yet.
Through the years I would dabble in building things with spare parts, taking things apart to see how they were made, I’d dabble with animation and digital photography, water colors and acrylic paints, graphic and web design, Raspberry Pi computers and so much more. The fact is, I would dabble more if I had better access to the tools and those in the trade that could teach me new skills I am lacking.
A MakerSpace is the perfect place if you are a person like me that is always curious on how things work or wanting to learn a new skill. The downside is that some skills can get expensive or need room for the equipment. There are many of us out there that live in apartments and would never have access or could have access to equipment for skills like woodworking. I’ve not done much with woodworking as many of the tools have these very conundrums of cost and space. Additionally, I’d love to learn more about working with other materials from EVA foam to metal and even 3D printing but I run into the same issues each time with funding and space.
That is the miracle of a MakerSpace, they give people who want to learn all these different things access to the tools and talent to learn more about these skills. They are also a safe place to do so as the safety equipment and instructors would be available for skills that I would not want to do at home because of the risk. I could pay a small membership fee once a month that costs the same as a Netflix account or a few cups of coffee at “Starshmucks” and be able to come in and have access to all these wonderful tools.
A MakerSpace is also about self-improvement. Skills learned could help someone with their occupation or gain a better occupation with a growing portfolio in metalworking, programming and even fabrication. If you ask me, that is a win-win for Garland for those also looking to improve themselves with new knowledge.
If you feel the same way I do or you want to learn more, I implore you to come to one of our meetings. You’ll meet many people with many backgrounds who just want to learn more too. I hope we can “Make It Happen” for Garland and I hope you can find the time to help and support.