• Sandy Hargy and Monica Lira registering as two of the first official members of the Makers Mill. Courtesy

Published: 10/6/2022 10:29:58 AM
Modified: 10/6/2022 10:25:42 AM

After five years of visioning, designing, building, outfitting, and lots of fundraising, grantwriting and red tape in between, Carroll County’s first dedicated makerspace and vocation hub, Makers Mill, has opened its doors for membership and classes at 23 Bay St., Wolfeboro. Every mile of this journey has been accomplished with the support and encouragement of volunteers and donors - thousands of hours, hundreds of thousands of dollars, innumerable gifted items that now have a new home in the makerspace, and megawatts of creative energy and ideas.

There are many ways to participate in Makers Mill: as a member, a class attendee, an instructor, or a volunteer. It is open to all levels of makers: students, hobbyists, and professionals; providing a place where people feed off one another’s interests, curiosity, enthusiasm, ideas, feedback, and projects; and facilitating collaboration, mentorship, and learning exchanges.

For those simply interested in classes, and not independent access to the shops and tools, the Maker Member is the best membership option at $35 per month or $375 per year. Both types of membership have additional benefits including class and household discounts, advance notification of classes, and free access to the Tool Lending Library. More detailed information on membership is found on the website membership page.

Building the program of classes is ongoing but some of those already open for registration include the Woodshop Tool Safety Class on Oct. 8; Creating Upcycled Art from Hubcaps on Oct. 15; Macrame, Braid & Cordage on Oct. 15; Sewing 101 on Oct. 18; Craft your Comic on Oct. 22; Basic Floor Loom & Weaving on Oct. 25; Advancing Your Career on Oct. 27; and Beginner Metal Jewelry from Nov. 19 to 20. In addition, a certified career councelor will be available, for in-person or virtual coaching sessions, every other Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m., by reservation. New classes are continually being added to the website, makersmill.org/events.

The website makersmill.org is the best resource for information on the different membership levels and it provides a robust calendar of events for upcoming classes where members and non-members alike can register to attend.

In a nutshell, Shop Membership requires that an Orientation and Tool Safety Class are successfully completed before a member can use the space and tools independently for personal or professional projects 24/7. Shop Membership is $65 per month or $699 per year. The Tool Safety Classes are additionally fee-based and information on these can be found on the website event calendar.

“We’re super excited to be offering classes starting this week,” shared Programs Director, Carol Holyoake. “We would also love to hear from people who have in interest in teaching mission-aligned classes in our various shops - those with knowledge in woodworking, metalsmithing, fiber arts, fine arts, mixed media crafts, technology, electronics & robotics, digital fabrication, workforce development, and entrepreneurship for starters. Prospect instructors can either contact me directly at carol@makersmill.org or complete our online form at makersmill.org/access.”

Makers Mill is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization located at 23 Bay St., in Wolfeboro. For questions, reach out to info@makersmill.org or call 603-569-1500.

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