An introduction to the use of chainsaws and related tools for home tasks and for resolving storm damage involving downed or damaged trees. You will be provided with information on safety, sharpening, maintenance, techniques of use, and also problem solving in more challenging storm situations such as blocked roads, entangled trees, trees fallen on vehicles or buildings. Instructor will be Tom Hudson-Gomez, who has been active in disaster and storm response for fifteen years in the U.S. and Caribbean. A minimum of six enrollees will be required to give the class. Bring a pen, notepad, and any questions or photos from recent storms.

 

 

An introduction to the use of chainsaws and related tools for home tasks and for resolving storm damage involving downed or damaged trees. You will be provided with information on safety, sharpening, maintenance, techniques of use, and also problem solving in more challenging storm situations such as blocked roads, entangled trees, trees fallen on vehicles or buildings. Instructor will be Tom Hudson-Gomez, who has been active in disaster and storm response for fifteen years in the U.S. and Caribbean. A minimum of six enrollees will be required to give the class. Bring a pen, notepad, and any questions or photos from recent storms.

 


This class is a broad and basic introduction to chainsaw use.  It covers the parts of the chainsaw, care and maintenance of the chainsaw, chainsaw sharpening, basic chainsaw safety, techniques of use, and tips on how to handle a variety of simple situations that islanders may encounter after a storm or windfall.  Pole saws and other auxiliary tools that are often used with the chainsaw will be touched on as well. Instructor will be Tom Hudson-Gomez, who has been active in disaster, tornado and hurricane response for some years in the South and Midwest.  A minimum of six enrollees will be required to give the class.

This hands-on class will cover basic woodworking techniques and safe operation of commonly used portable and stationary power tools. Students will learn steps of woodworking procedure, cost estimation, planing, jointing, ripping, crosscutting, and dado joint construction. Related topics will include hardware and fastener applications and wood finishing techniques. Students will construct a step stool, and may have time to work on a project of their own choice. Project materials are included in the course fee. Instructor Eric Mortensen has years of experience as a contractor and community college instructor.  Classes are every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Vashon High School Woodshop beginning Nov 5 and ending Dec 10.  For inquiries email info@vashonmakerspace.org

Our next Fixit Cafe will be Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 2 at the Eagles’ building at 18134 Vashon Highway SW.  This event is co-sponsored by the Vashon Makerspace/Tool Library, Zero Waste Vashon, the King County Library system, King County EcoConsumers and the Eagles.  Admission is free.

Mark your calendar, and bring your broken household items to be repaired that day.  There will be experienced repair people available to help you.  Go to vashonfixit.com to sign up to participate, either as a fixer or to get things repaired.  Basic information about the procedures and the kinds of items that are acceptable are on the website.

We have a MakerSpace-curated show (along with some other work), opening on THIS Friday 8/3 6->9PM at the Vashon Center for the ArtWork by 6 Artists from our Tool Library – MakerSpace community are on display.

On Saturday 8/4 there will be demo’s by 5 Artists from 12>3

  • Dan Schueler – will be demonstrating tiny programmable and very inexpensive wifi-enabled computers with sensors and displays.
  • Linda Stemer and Victoria Hunter – Explore the history of photography
  • .Jared Kofron – Laser Cutter & Etcher
  • Dominic Jovanovich and Sean Nelsen – Vashon Forest Steward wood work crafted and milled from local sources

Please come out and show your support

Calling all Makerspace and Tool Library members and supporters

Join the Makerspace/Tool Library Drill Team and help make this year’s Strawberry Festival Parade entry our best one yet. We get a little bigger and a little better every year. What a great way to show your support and promote the library and makerspace. It’s loose. It’s casual. it’s FUN!

We meet this Saturday in the staging area on the highway south of town at 10:15 AM, do a little “organizing” (I use the term loosely), Parade starts at 11 and winds up by noon.We walk about 1.5 miles, periodically performing our “routine”.

If you have a rechargeable drill bring it along, if not we have some from the library. We need banner carriers as well.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and any tool / handyperson / tradesperson attire you wish. We will have some safety vests and hardhats to round out our “uniform”

I will email final directions Thursday evening after I get our entry number from the parade organizers.  Please reply with a phone number so we can communicate as needed on Saturday morning.

See you Saturday
Kevin

Please RSVP to
Kevin Grayum
KevinGrayum@gmail.com

425-248-0320

Vashon Makerspace has scheduled two new classes for July and August

 

Introduction to Woodworking

This hands-on class will cover basic woodworking techniques and safe operation of commonly used portable and stationary power tools. Students will learn steps of woodworking procedure, cost estimation, planing, jointing, ripping, crosscutting, and dado joint construction. Related topics will include hardware and fastener applications and wood finishing techniques. Students will construct a step stool and a small box; or similar projects. Project materials are included in the course fee. Instructor Erik Mortensen has years of experience as a contractor and community college instructor
Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 8:30, July 17th to August 21st (6 sessions – 12 hours), Fee $150, Class limited to 6 adults (age 18+), Location: Vashon High School Woodshop

For more information or to register for this class email to:  info@vashonmakerspace.org  Subject line Intro Woodworking class
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Open Shop Woodworking

Supervised access to a fully equipped woodworking shop. Instructor will be available for consultation and instruction on an individual basis.  Instructor Erik Mortensen has years of experience as a contractor and community college instructor. Students must have previously taken an introductory woodworking course that included training on safe operation of table saw, jointer, planer, power miter saw, band saw, and router/router table. Students will be required to demonstrate safe operation of each of the above named tools. Students should bring a complete set of plans with drawings, steps of procedure, and bill of materials to the first class session. Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:30, July 19th to August 23rd (6 sessions – 12 hours), Fee $135, Class limited to 6 adults (age 18+), Location: Vashon High School Woodshop

For more information or to register for this class email to: info@vashonmakerspace.org  Subject line Summer Open Shop

 

Our first woodworking classes in the Vashon High School woodshop were very well attended.  In fact, so many wanted to attend that we had to add a second session on Thursdays.  And there have been requests for additional classes in the same facility over the summer.  Here are some photos from the Thursday class on the last day.

Intro to Woodworking class begins this week.
Section 1 begins Tuesday April 24th and continues for five additional weekly sessions on Tuesdays
Section 2 begins Thursday April 26th and continues for five additional weekly sessions on Thursdays.
Sessions are from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (please try to arrive early for the first session)
(Must be pre-registered for this class)
Location: Vashon HS Wood Shop
Directions: Enter from the Vashon Highway by the Youth and Family Services Building. Follow the signs
Email kevingrayum@gmail.com to register