The Vashon MakerSpace and Tool Library will host a conference of regional tool library representatives on September 7th on Vashon Island.  There will be morning sessions devoted to introductions and  general topics of interest selected by the attendees, a catered lunch, and an afternoon general session centered around the theme of the conference, The Role of Tool Libraries in Emergency Preparedness.  A wrap-up session will close out the day.

The conference will take place at the Mukai Farm and Gardens, a historic farm site on Vashon.  See this website for more information about the site.    Admission is free, thanks to support from the King County CSA.   We ask that each tool library invite a maximum of four people to represent their group, in order to keep the meetings modest sized and manageable.  Each tool library will receive reimbursement for ferry fares for up to two cars and up to four attendees.  There will be a total of forty tickets given out for the event.

To register, please fill out the attached ticket information.  Enrollment is restricted to representatives of tool libraries from off-island.  Registrations should be in by August 25th.  Thanks for participating.  If you need more information or would like to change your enrollment arrangements, give me a call at 206-265-9929.

Steve Graham

Co-chair, Vashon Makerspace and Tool Library

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED.  FEES WILL BE REFUNDED TO EXISTING STUDENTS

This class will cover using chainsaws and related tools to clean up storm damage involving downed or damaged trees.  We will cover some of the more challenging storm situations such as blocked roads, leaning trees, and trees fallen on vehicles or buildings.  Instructor will be Tom Hudson-Gomez, who has been active in disaster, tornado and hurricane response for some years in the South and Midwest.  The class is intended for those who already have some familiarity with a chainsaw.  A minimum of six enrollees will be required to give the class.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED.  FEES WILL BE REFUNDED TO ENROLLED STUDENTS

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 covered 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.

Summer Arts Fest: July 12 Art Exhibitions

July 12 @ 6:00 pm – July 21 @ 4:00 pm

Gordon R Barnett’s collection of 200 unique bells will be ringing in all their glory in the VCA Gift Shop. Vashon MakerSpace a place where islanders can create, learn and share their art, will be represented by a diverse exhibition of  ten (10) artists.

Gordon R. Barnett “GRB Bells” (jewelry)
A wide selection of GRB Bells, silver & bronze that are cast using traditional lost wax methods along with many contemporary refinements in technology. His designs are responsive to many sources including; nature & symbols; numerical concepts & architecture; mythology & sacred geometry.

Vashon MakerSpace group show (multimedia)
The goal of this show is to encourage those with skills and knowledge to enrich other by sharing and celebrating their expertise and ideas. Collection includes wood work, cement formed face sculptures, jewelry, pottery, artistry illustrating First Nations stories and Indigenous wisdom. Curated by Neil Wiesblott, this exhibit includes art by Bob Powell, James Chesney, Jeff Berend, Jude Spaith, Lee Beck, Maria Higuera, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Odin Lonning, Steve Caldwell, Steve Schllossman.

Runs July 12 – July 21

Gallery Hours (starting July 1) Tues – Fri 12-5pm, Sat & Sun 12-4pm (closed Monday)

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 covered as well.  Instructor will be Jeff (the woodcutter) Astle, who many of us know for chainsaw and logging work here on the island.

This class will cover using chainsaws and related tools to clean up storm damage involving downed or damaged trees.  We will cover some of the more challenging storm situations such as blocked roads, leaning trees, and trees fallen on vehicles or buildings.  Instructor will be Tom Hudson-Gomez, who has been active in disaster, tornado and hurricane response for some years in the South and Midwest.  The class is intended for those who already have some familiarity with a chainsaw.  Discounted tickets are available for persons involved with NERO groups and for currently active tool library members.

This class is a broad introduction to chainsaw use.  It covers the care and maintenance of the chainsaw, basic chainsaw safety, techniques of use, and tips on how to handle a variety of situations that islanders may encounter after a storm or windfall.  We will also cover some of the additional emergency equipment that is available through the Vashon Tool Library.  Discounted tickets are available for members of NEROs (Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization).

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