February 7, 2012
Here's a new Craigslist ad I wrote because the old one is getting tired. I can't seem to write for beans lately and I'd appreciate any suggestions you have to improve it while still keeping it short and concise.
The Rochester Maker Space is just getting started. We’re a nonprofit community workshop and our goal is provide affordable access to:
- A wide variety of sophisticated tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers, machine tools, woodworking tools, welding and metal fabrication equipment, sewing and embroidery machines, electronic test gear, computer workstations and much more.
- Plenty of work space - both shared community space and low-cost rental space for those who want a private work area or studio.
- A strong “maker” community where you can meet and interact with other smart and creative people who may share your interests.
- A wide variety of inexpensive classes, ranging from art to electronics, and from machining to bicycle repair.
What we’re trying to do is not new. For decades artists have shared studios, woodworkers have had club workshops and photographers have had community darkrooms. And many others have pooled their talents and resources to build or achieve things that they couldn’t as individuals.
Maker spaces are a little different because they make it possible for their members to do many things instead of just one. They’re popping up because many people have multiple interests and they want to learn or practice many skills. They are also being started because great things can happen when you bring together lots of smart creative people with different skills and experiences.
The Rochester Maker Space is making good progress. We have some financial resources to get started with, some good tools that have already been donated and some hard working volunteers. Our goal is to open in a small temporary space as soon as possible and in a large permanent one early next year.
But we really need your help to make it happen. We’re only about 3 months old and almost no one knows our name or what a maker space is.
- Please visit our web site if you’re interested. And if you’re really interested then please subscribe to our email announcement list.
- Speak, tweet or write but please tell others about us. We’re looking for artists, craftsmen, engineers, inventors, model builders, crafters, hackers, experimenters and hobbyists -- anyone who likes to learn, create or make things.
- Get involved and help us with our huge to-do list. We have both quick and easy things you can do and some more challenging ones. We also need instructors and mentors along with advisors who have real estate or financial experience.
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