The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street in almost 4,000 square feet of workspace. We’re a new volunteer-run nonprofit organization that encourages learning, creativity and collaboration by providing the Rochester community with low-cost access to a wide variety of sophisticated tools, workspace, and a wide variety of art, craft and technology classes. Our goal is to create an organization and facility that the entire community can use and be proud of.
Upcoming Classes & Events
You do not need to be a member to take classes or volunteer at the makerspace.
Every Thursday Night from 6 to 9:30 PM – Community Night & Open House.
You are invited to come and use the Rochester Makerspace for free. Bring something to make or work on, help with one of our group projects, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers will not be able to use some of our tools because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 10 PM – Weekly Microcontroller Meetup
Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don’t need to be a member. There won’t be any formal instruction but others will be there to share their knowledge and experience.
February 22, Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM - Sewing – Patching & Mending Class – $15
When your favorite clothes get ripped or worn around the edges, there’s no need to throw them away. If you can find the sharp end of the needle, you can mend. You can also add decorative patches or trim to clothes and backpacks. It’s shocking how fast it can be, many repairs take only 5 minutes. All ages!
February 26, Wednesday, 6:30 to 9 PM – Introduction to relief printing (woodblock) – $40 (includes all materials and a set of tools)
This class will cover the basics of woodblock carving including a brief history, transferring a drawing onto the block, cutting the block, and printing a small edition. We will be using linoleum because it is softer than wood and easy to carve making it a great class for beginners that would like to learn more about woodblock printing.
Beginning March 1, Saturday, 11 AM – 2:15 PM - Narrative Figure Drawing – $120 all / $30 for individual sessions.
Learn basic human anatomy & make drawings from a live model which evoke a narrative based on costume, & props. Detailed handouts & explanation will be given along with step by step instruction through the drawing process. Expect to complete many sketches & about three more polished drawings per session, & to leave with a greater ability to accurate capture the human form. Total of five sessions. Save by signing up for all five, or see our Eventbrite for individual listings.
March 4, Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 PM - Mixed Media with Found Objects Class – $120 – 4 Sessions
Learn to discern the aesthetics hidden in common objects around you. Working with instructor, you will explore your own creativity as you learn to work with found objects, wood, shop tools, paint, magazines, markers, glue, X-Acto knives, etc. You will make an abstract “painting” by blending media and using multiple tools to collage materials and make a vivid visual overload two dimensional work of art on the found wood.
March 11, Tuesday, 7 PM – Stained Glass Meetup & Demo – Free
The Rochester Artists & Craftspersons Meetup Group is having a stained glass demo and meetup at our makerspace. Come see an experience stained glass artist give a demo and then try working with stained glass yourself. Those with experience are invited to bring their own projects to work on. Please RSVP.
March 22, Saturday, 10:30 AM – Let’s Weave a Basket – Free, but you will need to buy your own supplies
Deborah Adele will teach you how to weave a market basket using flat reeds. This class is limited to 10 students. Please visit this page to learn more, RSVP, and to find a list of supplies you’ll need and where you can buy them. Materials will cost approximately $30 to $50, depending on where you buy them.
April 2, Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Introducing the Arduino! – $150 w/ kit & $75 w/o kit – 6 Sessions
In this six-week course, we’ll explore project possibilities with the Arduino microprocessor board. The Arduino enables anyone to make interesting electronic projects quickly and easily. The course will cover the basics of simple input and output devices: buttons, knobs, sensors, lights, buzzers, motors, and more. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of programming for Arduino, as well as circuit assembly technique. Previous electronic experience is not required. The last offering of this course sold out quick, so sign up today!
We’re always looking for instructors. You can teach as a volunteer or be paid. Please let us know if you’d like to talk about it.
Individual, family & student memberships are all $40/month. This is an introductory rate because we’re new and we want to grow quickly. You can keep this rate indefinitely by either signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription or by paying in advance.
Tools & Equipment
- A woodworking shop with a new SawStop professional cabinet table saw, a new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw, a Jet 6-inch planer, a Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
- A Solidoodle 3D printer. We’ve been building a second 3D printer that’s almost finished.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A small machine shop
- Sewing machines
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- A Bike Repair Station
- Plenty of workspace and worktables
Our members can use the makerspace anytime they want from 8 AM to 10 PM daily.
In addition, we have staff and volunteers at the space on:
- Thursday nights from 6 PM to about 10 PM
- Saturday from 11 AM to about 3 PM
We plan to expand our staffed hours soon.
We Are New & Need Your Help
We are a new and completely volunteer-run organization with an ambitious plan to encourage learning and improve the quality of life in Rochester. So please become a member, help us by volunteering or donate money.
For More Information
Please see our FAQ and news pages for more information. You can also contact us by email or phone, and you’re always welcome to visit us at the Rochester Makerspace. We also encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.