Makerspace update on COVID policy changes

Due to the recent spike in COVID cases, The Makerspace is changing our operation policies
As the case numbers across the state and the nation have surged in the last several weeks, the governor has announced new guidelines for business operation and asked that all people avoid gathering in groups and stay home as much as possible.
How we are changing to comply and assist: Starting November 17th, the following policies and changes will be implemented for public safety by the Bellingham Makerspace:

– The retail area, including walk-ins from the mall, will be closed to the general public until further notice. The classroom common area will also be closed.

– Classes are cancelled for the time being, refunds will be issued, and future events are on hold. Existing members will be allowed to reserve time at least 24 hours in advance to use tools through the reservation calendar.

– Resident members will be allowed to use their own spaces, provided they follow all updated COVID safety precautions, and interactions are to be kept to a minimum.

– Volunteer shop host shifts will not be needed while the retail area is closed. Other volunteer opportunities may be available from home.

– Continue to practice health department recommendations of regular sanitizing of hands, tools and surfaces, mask wearing at all times indoors, and maintaining social distance.

We are currently seeking further guidance from the Governor’s office to ensure we are following all of the state recommendations and guidelines as intended. We will update our members and followers of any changes to our policies as needed to ensure safety and compliance are our top priority.

Thankfully, we have a very large space and these measures will allow us to operate well below 25% of our capacity. This is a challenging time for us all, and we are glad to have this supportive community even if we must maintain as much distance as possible until this pandemic passes.

In the meantime, we hope to continue to offer content by providing links to activities that can be done at home, lessons online, and sharing of the many ways the Bellingham Makerspace and Makers around the world make the world a better place. If you have input or ideas on how we can continue to provide for our community remotely please let us know. Stay safe, stay home, and we hope to see you when we can safely open again!

Sincerely,
Mary Elliott
Executive Director
Bellingham Makerspace

The Makerspace is Open in Bellis Fair!

Bellingham Makerspace is ready to announce that we have completed our relocation and renovation, and are now proudly open once again to the public in our new, larger location in Bellis Fair!

Our location is in unit 618, adjacent to the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. We are open from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The front door is open and we are accepting new members, offering tours and classes to anyone who is interested in learning to make stuff. You can find details about classes, membership or volunteering on our website.

Tools and capabilities include: woodworking, 3d printing, laser cutting and engraving for wood and acrylic, vinyl cutting for stencils and stickers, large format printing, electronics workbenches, sewing machines, CNC machining, metalworking, ceramics, and screen printing.

Monthly membership gives you access to the Makerspace, online resources, computers, and discounts on classes. It also helps us keep the machines in good working order for the community to use.

New features of the space include: studio space for small businesses, a classroom that can be reserved for teaching small classes or events, and retail space in the mall for our members.

It has been an amazing transition, thanks to the hard work of dozens of dedicated volunteers. The Makerspace has more to offer now than it ever has. Stop by, meet some friends, and make cool stuff!

Update on Masks

The Makerspace has been passing on masks free of charge. Everyone has been wonderful donating material and their time. Now that the CDC has recommended that everyone wear a face covering, the Makerspace is not able to keep up with the demand, even with all the lovely people in the community sewing the way they are.

Another important issue is that raw materials are getting short of supply. Therefore I have recruited some local small businesses to help with the efforts. These small businesses are not able to obtain materials without buying them – especially since everyone in the nation is in this same situation. The small businesses also have employees that they would like to not have to lay off. Most companies that are in need of large numbers of masks would actually be buying them if they were readily available.

By buying materials, and purchasing things through our local businesses, not only are we getting protective equipment into people’s hands, but we are also supporting local businesses – who in turn can then pay their employees who are our friends and neighbors. Moving forward, this not only protects people’s health but also people’s jobs and livelihood.

I understand that some organizations may not be in a position to purchase masks. If that is the case, please contact us and we can donate masks to that team. Please understand that pulling in the local upholstery industry (and soon seamstresses, etc) is an effort to both protect people’s health and their livelihood.

COVID-19 Response

Bellingham Makerspace is working with the local county and hospital authorities to address the shortage of personal protective equipment in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We have been coordinating with many local home grown groups of people who have been making handmade face masks, 3d printed face shields, and distributing them to people and organizations in need. To find out how you can help, visit our Forms and Documents page to see what kinds of projects we have available, or to apply as a volunteer.

Halloween Costume Make-A-Thon

Come on down to the Makerspace on October 19th from Noon to 5 and design, build and show off your costumes for Halloween! Our full textile space and fabrication is at your disposal, along with the wonderful Mo Green as an instructor to help make your costume ideas into fantastic reality!

MLK Jr. Day – Spring Cleaning. Volunteers needed

We are hosting a winter clean-up day and would love your help! We will be clearing out everything from winter blues to old projects. We will also, quite literally, be putting up a fresh coat of paint from 10 am to 3 pm on January 21st. This special Monday is also MLK day, don’t forget to give back to the community!
We hope to see you all there.  Thank you for your support!

Make & Take Holiday Gift Making

Sign up for Make & Take classes here.

We’re going to have mini classes showcasing what you can make on one tool, changing each night. We’d appreciate volunteers for these!
Invite your friends and family to see what the Makerspace is all about! All ages and skill levels welcome– no tools will be used.

Buy your tickets online or pay at the door.

Dec 19-21 (Wednesday-Friday), 5-7pm

Dec 22 (Saturday) 11-4pm

ARTility installation with PSE & Bellingham Makerspace

What: ARTility installation with PSE & Bellingham Makerspace
When: TWO opportunities!
Sunday, November 18, 1:00-4:00pm  &  Monday, November 19, 10:00am-1:00pm   
Location: Sehome Substation (near 725 N State Street), Bellingham
What to bring: warm weather dependent clothes (you’ll be outside), gloves with fingers, AND an awesome attitude. This event is designed to be a fun way to integrate your work into our community.

Volunteer Opportunity:
Come for the whole time or even 30 minutes!
No tickets needed. Just show up!

Join PSE employees and the Bellingham Makerspace for the next ARTility installation on the Sehome Substation Fence in Bellingham. This project is designed to promote beautification in our community by working with local artists to install art on PSE owned infrastructure across the Puget Sound. The Sehome Substation will present a unique opportunity to showcase the locally loved “Bellingham Flag” design that will be represented in numerous mosaic acrylic pieces, to be installed by volunteers and PSE employees. In addition, this PSE sponsored program is supporting students experiencing homelessness to participate in career connected STEM enrichment experiences through Bellingham Makerspace new TechX youth program. The installation includes tying acrylic pieces to the substation fence. No experience necessary and a great opportunity to help beautify a PSE asset.

https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article218572530.html

November Announcements

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Volunteer Orientation

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Upcoming Classes

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Holiday Hours and Closing

We will be closed on these days to observe the respective holidays. Thank you for your understanding!

Nov 22-23: Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Dec 23-24: Christmas

Dec 30-31: New Year’s