“Maker” Clubs, Organizations and Classes in the Rochester Area

Nonprofit

American Sewing Guild – Rochester NY Chapter – The American Sewing Guild is a national non-profit organization dedicated to people who believe sewing is a rewarding and creative activity. The Rochester Chapter welcomes sewers of all skill levels.  It has approximately 210 members and 10 neighborhood groups that meet monthly to learn and share new sewing skills and participate in community service sewing projects.

Antique Wireless Association – Founded in 1952, the AWA members are interested in collecting, restoring and operating antique radio receivers, transmitters  and related items. They hold regular meetings, organize a large annual convention, and operate a museum in Bloomfield NY.

EAA Chapter 44 - A group of home built airplane builders and aviation enthusiasts. Located at Ledgedale Airport near Brockport

EAA Chapter 95UL -  Rochester Ultralight Fun Flyers (RUFF) – Many of the members of this group of “ultralight” aviation enthusiasts have built their own aircraft.

Edgerton Model Railroad Club – This group of volunteers works to preserve, repair and enhance the City of Rochester’s four O scale train layouts that depict Rochester and the surrounding areas in the early 1950s. The club is located in the Edgerton Recreation Center at 41 Backus Street and it meets on Tuesday nights.

Finger Lakes Live Steamers – This club builds and operates several “large scale” model railroads with locomotives that are powered by steam, internal combustion, or electric batteries. They welcome anyone with an interest in their hobby and a desire to learn about railroading, machine shop practice, model building and related activities.

Finger Lakes Woodturning Association – “The premier woodturning club of the Western NY and Finger Lakes Region”

FIRST Robotics -

Genesee Center for the Arts and Education – Classes and facilities rental for pottery, photography, printing & book arts

Genesee Valley Aero Modelers – R/C Flying Club located near Honeyoe NY.

Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild – “Promoting the art of spinning and promoting spinning education in upstate New York since 1985 – more than 25 years. We welcome all spinners and all who are interested in spinning.”

Interlock Rochester – A hackerspace located at 1115 East Main Street, Rochester, in the Hungerford Building

IPMS Rochester Historical Scale Model Association – Builders of plastic scale historic models of all kinds

Irondequoit Art Club – Founded in 1958 the IAC has monthly demonstrations by professional artists that cover a wide range of art forms including painting, sculpture and printmaking.  They also hold two major art shows each year along with workshops and other events.

Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop – Offers a variety of art classes for all ages.

Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society (MARS) – “Membership to MARS is open to all adults, families and children who are interested in the hobby and/or science of rockets.  We are a family oriented club that encourages activities in all aspects of the hobby.  Our members include people who have been flying rockets for less than a year and more than 40.  We enjoy low power to high power rockets and everything in between. MARS is the club for you if you want to: re-live your childhood and fly those classic Estes models again, go big and fly M powered monsters, learn about using the latest electronics for deployment and tracking, enjoy flying with a family friendly group!”

New York State Steam Engine Association – Promotes and encourages interest in the operation, ownership, and preservation of antique vehicles powered by steam or otherwise. Their annual 4-day “Pageant of Steam” held in August on Gehan Road in Canandaigua covers more than 100 acres. In addition to steam engines and vehicles, the show includes a very large exhibition of antique tractors, bulldozers, steam shovels and other farm and construction equipment, a huge flea market, a tractor pull, food, and live entertainment.

New York State Designer Blacksmiths (NYSDB) – This nonprofit perpetuates, promotes and teaches the craft and art of blacksmithing.  They have several regions throughout the state that meet monthly.

The Print Club of Rochester -  “An organization devoted to fine art printmaking. It has been in existence since 1934, and has an unbroken string of commissioned prints and successful shows. Many of the artists we commission are of international stature. We also have educational demonstrations, and lectures given by visiting artists.” Editor’s Note – Although the club’s website looks like it has not been updated in about 5 years the club is alive, well, and active.  Email Zerbe (at) zjsfaa (at) @rit (dot)edu for more information.

R Community Bikes – Makes good bicycles out of broken bikes that have been donated to them and then gives them away to individuals and organizations that need them.  In 2013 a total of 152 volunteers worked more than 14,000 hours so they could give away about 2,500 bikes.  In addition, they did about 3,800 repairs to bikes they had already donated.

Radio Control Club of Rochester (RCCR) – “The purpose of the Radio Control Club of Rochester is to encourage interest in the design, construction and safe operation of radio controlled aircraft, boats and cars.”

Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RARA) – One of the largest amateur radio clubs in the north America with more than 700 active.  Many ham radio operators build sophisticated electronic devices in addition to enjoying the educational, recreational and public service aspects of this hobby.

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RIT Model Railroad Club (RITMRC) – “founded in early 1996 to promote the hobby of model railroading and to preserve the history of Rochester’s railroads.”

Rochester Area Model Yachting Association – RAMYA sails and races radio-controlled model sailboats at local-area ponds.

Rochester Aeromodeling Society (RAMS)

Rochester Art Club – One of the oldest continuously active art groups in the Uninted States, the Rochester Art Club’s purpose is “to advance the artistic growth of its professional membership and to contribute wherever possible to the cultural enrichment of the community.”

Rochester Engineering Society – A professional group for engineers, engineering firms and schools.

Rochester Model Railroad Club – This club meets every Monday night in the basement of the First Universalist Church at 150 South Clinton Ave. They are seeking new members, of all ages and all skill levels.

The Rochester Woodworking Society – “We are a group of men and women in Upstate NY dedicated to the enjoyment of woodworking. Membership includes lectures and workshops by renowned woodworking personalities and local professionals as well as free access to our extensive lending library of books and videos. RWS welcomes everyone interested in the craft whether professional or hobbyist. Join the company of hundreds of enthusiasts – carvers, turners, furniture makers, boat builders, and other skilled craftspeople and take your woodworking skills to a new level.”

Society of Women Engineers, Rochester New York Section – “provides significant networking and professional development opportunities to help women achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders. We also encourage and inspire girls and young women to explore careers in science, math, engineering, and technology through outreach events, guest speakers and scholarship opportunities.

Visual Studies Workshop – “committed to expanding the potential of the media arts, and their impact on contemporary culture, through innovative programs in education, exhibition, publication, research, practice, and community service.”

Weavers’ Guild of Rochester – “Enhancing Lives Through Study and Creative Expression in Weaving and Fiber Arts.”  This 10+ year-old organization operates the  Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in East Rochester (Article by the Penfield Post)

Businesses

Bead Breakout (Monroe Avenue) – beads, beading supplies & classes

Color Me Mine Pottery (Pittsford & Webster): Choose from a large variety of pottery, paint it with glaze and then pick it up after it’s fired in a kiln.

Dock 2 Letterpress (Webster) – Letterpress classes & rental

Eve Bothelho (Rochester) – A fiber artists who who gives embroidery workshops.

Honeoye Craft Lab (Honeoye) – Sells local art, crafts and craft supplies.  Also offers a variety of art and craft classes

Let’s Bead (East Rochester) – Bead store in that also offers jewelry classes

Main Street Arts (Clifton Springs) – An art gallery that offers a variety of classes

OATKA Glass School (Batavia) – offers a variety of classes and also studio rental

Quilting With Margaret (Various Locations) – Quilting classes

Rochester Arc & Flame Center (Gates) – Offers classes in welding, glass and blacksmithing and sells studio time at $10/hour or more.

Studio 34 Creative Arts Studio & Gallery (Elton St / University Ave) – A public access studio that offers over 200 classes in the creative arts

Turk Hill Craft School (Fairport) – Offers adult & children pottery classes and studio rental

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