Wool Painting / Needle Felting Class – 5/5 at 1pm

Learn how to make a needle felted landscape. This class is great for complete beginners or those who have tried other types of needle felting but want to learn how to make felted pictures and flat motifs.

Go home with a finished and framed landscape and confidence to try out other needle felting projects.

We will be using sharp felting needles during the class. Kids ages 10-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Teens are welcome to attend by themselves. ($60 members, $65 non-members) Preregistration is required – visit the class calendar.

Elizabeth Whitton is a fiber artist based in Ann Arbor who learned to knit, spin, dye, crochet, sew, and felt just for fun, and then turned her love of wool into two thriving online businesses called Felted Sky Studio and Oh So Fleeting. A self-taught needle felter, she has a knack for designing beautiful small projects that she has made into kits suitable for beginners. Her kits include video instructions that are free to view on YouTube. These instruction videos have over 100,000 views and many positive reviews.

For more information, see http://www.feltedsky.com/

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Kickstarter Success! A How-To Discussion 4/29 at 1pm

Learn how to be successful on Kickstarter. Tips, secrets, and stories from crowdfunding veteran Quentin Weir, who has run successful campaigns totaling over half a million dollars. Hear how to get your project off the ground! (free to Maker Works members, $5 for non-members) Register here!

Elderwood Academy (http://www.elderwoodacademy.com/) – Quentin Weir

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Craft Show 6/2/2018

Maker Works will host its second craft show on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 11am-4pm to assist our makers in showing and selling what they’ve been creating!

We welcome items that have been made here at Maker Works, as well as items you or your company have made elsewhere (except food items).

Please register here if you’d like to participate as a vendor.

Looking forward to a fun time seeing what everyone’s been making!

Vendor List (coming soon!):

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Motawi Tile Frame Workshop – 5/12

Frame a Motawi Tile, May 12th


Register now to build your own custom frame for your choice of a Motawi tile using the woodshop at Maker Works. All of their 4×4 tiles (except Pine Landscape Mountain and Valley) will be available.

In this experience, you will:

– Choose from a selection of Michigan hardwoods
– Assemble the frame
– Use the ShopBot CNC router to add hardwood dovetailed keys in the back
– Sand, and apply a walnut oil finish
– Optional laser engraving of a Celtic, Art Deco, Prairie, or Shaker Motif.

Maker Works staff will guide you each step of the way. It will take 20-30 minutes. Time slots are available from 10AM to 1PM on 5/12/2018.

$122 includes frame, your choice of tile, laser engraving, and walnut oil finish.

Note: If you already have a 4″x4″ Motawi tile you’d like to use, please bring it with you to class and use the coupon code “haveatile” when you register, which will give you a discount of $40.

Register now!

See all the beautiful Motawi 4×4 tile styles.

4x4 Fish - Turquoise Cobalt4x4 Lotus - Red

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Leather Belt Workshop with Tandy Leather – April 18, 7-9pm

Explore leathercraft in a fun and functional way! Create your own belt from scratch, utilizing several basic tools that have a wide array of uses in leathercraft. We will cover several fundamental techniques that are easy to follow, and once learned, can be applied in many different situations while working with leather.

Workshop is limited to 10 participants, please preregister on our class calendar.

(Maker Works member price is $30, non-member price is $35 for this workshop.)


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Price Changes Coming April 20, 2018

Hello Maker Friend,

During the six years our doors have been open, Maker Works has been a partner in many exciting projects, big and small. We are constantly improving on delivering our goals of providing a wide array of high quality tools, a clean and functional space, classes, training, and a supportive community. All the while, we’ve worked to meet our three bottom lines— serve PEOPLE, serve the PLANET, and make a PROFIT.

You and our staff make up the great PEOPLE of Maker Works. Either as an active member or an interested observer, we value you along with our fantastic staff, for our shared successes. The staff has committed countless hours to giving outstanding service and educating members, so it’s essential that we keep them and reward them as best we can.

Our work on the our second bottom line, PLANET, takes many forms. We help our members make instead of buy, have been the prototyping facility for several energy production or reduction start-ups, exercise lessons learned from Lean Manufacturing to minimize waste of all types where we can, host Fix-It Fridays to reduce the flow of fixable items into the waste stream, automated infrastructure such as exhaust systems for reduced waste, and completed our LED lighting conversion.

While we’re very happy with our progress on PEOPLE and PLANET, it’s our third bottom line, PROFIT, that has posed the biggest challenge. As its founders, we’ve personally kept Maker Works going, but we know that it has to become sustainable on its own in order to remain open in the long run.

Therefore, to insure a happy, productive future for Maker Works, our membership and class prices will go up effective April 20, 2018 and we are very optimistic that this will enable us to meet that critical third bottom line.

• Increase in membership rates, $20/month on average
• Increase in class prices, about $5/hour

We will honor the current pricing for memberships purchased before April 20th.Our intention is to maintain the overall value of Maker Works, giving you the most stimulating community of makers, a wonderland of tools worth $500,000, and a clean, professional space with top-notch instructors at a price that remains pretty darn reasonable.

Big thanks,
Tom Root and Dale Grover
Co-Founders Maker Works

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Spring Break 2018 – Fun for Kids & You too!

This is gonna be lightning fast! Come test out the new Great Maker Race track – The GMR3000!

Are you staying local for spring break (Mar 24-Apr 1)? Looking for something interesting and fun to do? Try out one of these options!


  • Forged Bracelets
    Sat 3/24 10:15am-12:15am $50

    Create your own forged bracelet out of copper wire! You’ll learn metalsmithing techniques like forming, forging, and finishing while gaining experience with anvils, hammers, and torches.

    Ages 13 and up are welcome on their own. Ages 8-12 are welcome with adult. If the adult will be making a bracelet too, register and pay for all parties. If the adult is just assisting the child, only register the child. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.

  • Pewter Sandcasting Checkout Class
    Tue 3/27 2:00pm-3:30pm $35

In this class you’ll learn how to prepare models, create a sand mold, melt pewter, pour the molten pewter into the mold, and clean up the resulting casting.

This class is required in order to sand cast in the Jewelry studio.

Young people ages 13-15 may take this class with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the class, and must be supervised by this person in their future use of this tool. Ages 16 and up may take any of our checkout classes on their own with parent or guardian approval.

  • Introduction to Raspberry Pi – Programming and Interfacing
    Wed 3/28  6:00pm – 9:00pm $90

    Learn how to use the Raspberry Pi, a popular, powerful, and inexpensive ($5-$35!) single-board computer. In this class we’ll cover the basics of programming the Raspberry Pi in Python, connecting simple switches, LEDs, and sensors, and creating web pages that provide remote sensing and control. We’ll even do our programming right on the Raspberry Pi itself with a full-featured Linux operating system, graphical user interface, editors, and web browsers.

    If you are familiar with the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi is a great platform for those projects that need lots more memory, more speed, video output, internet, USB, or other features. Unlike the Arduino, there is no low-cost or reduced size or power option. You may also enjoy the ease and power that Python offers as a programming language, and the many possibilities of the underlying Linux operating system.

    This is a beginner course, so no electronics or programming experience is necessary. (It may move slow for experienced programmers!)

    We suggest ages 12 and up, but advanced younger people will probably do fine.

  • Jeanius Pocket Purse
    Thu 3/29  2:00pm – 5:00pm $60

Come learn new sewing skills while making a fabulous upcycled fashion accessory, the Pocket Purse! We will be bringing new life to worn out jeans. To kick this project up a notch students will be introduced to the sewing machine zipper foot, which they will use to add a lined zipper pocket to their purse. Students will also get to explore the art of embellishing. No prior experience needed. Ages 10+

  • GMR3000 – Great Maker Race 3000 Test Track Racing
    Fri 3/30  1:00pm – 2:30pm $20

    Design, build, decorate, and race your own car down an exciting wavy track! Modify and test your design to see how it changes your car’s performance. The GMR3000 is our newest track, so even if you raced in The Great Maker Race at Maker Faire Detroit or at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, you can come by to try your luck on the new course!
    Ages 8+

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STEAM Summer Camps 2018

STEAM Summer Camps 2018 Take Me to Metal Sculpture Camp!

Take Me to Kinetic Camp!

Show Me What Adults Can Do!

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Woodcarving & Tool Sharpening Demo by Mike Kapetan (2/24 1pm-3pm)

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Master woodcarver and sculptor Mike Kapetan will demonstrate the properties of wood as they relate to carving. He will demonstrate techniques for sharpening carving tools to razor-edge keenness, and he will demonstrate basic techniques of carving wood. Mike Kapetan is a … Continue reading

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TechShop Closed – Helping TechShop Members



Potentially great news for our friends from TechShop Allen Park.  On 12/3/2017, TechShop announced that all the assets of TechShop have been acquired by a new owner, and “the new entity, TechShop 2.0, LLC, plans to re-open as many stores as possible, as soon as possible.”  We hope Allen Park is among the stores re-opened, and that this happens as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, see below for some of the makerspace options in southeast Michigan.


Feels like we’ve lost a friend…

We all at Maker Works were saddened to hear about TechShop closing.  More people know about makerspaces and the opportunities they make possible because of TechShop.  They moved us closer to they day when the question isn’t “what is a makerspace” but is instead “why don’t we have a makerspace in our community”.  They were a remarkable resource to the people of Allen Park and the larger metro area.

We hope the members of the Allen Park TechShop can find a new makerspace home at one of the many makerspaces in southeast Michigan.  These include:

We can’t make the drive from Allen Park shorter, and we can’t postpone the holiday season, but if we’re in your driving range, we’d like to give former TechShop members and staff a $25 discount off any one class.  (That would make our laser class free, for example.)  And for the remainder of November, TechShop members can receive the family discount on a 30-day membership, just $45.

To our members, please welcome new folks from TechShop and help them feel at home here. With the holidays coming up, this is certainly a difficult time for them to have lost such a great resource.

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