Survey Results March 16

For the last month, we have had a maker survey on the website to gauge individuals interest in participating in activities, learning new skills and in having a dedicated space. Following is a synopsis of these results.

  • In the first month that the survey was active there were 28 respondents.
  • Peoples preferred method of communication was overwhelmingly via email.
  • The top three preferred methods of sharing information were; email, demonstrations and workshops, meetings and networking.
  • Over a third of the respondents had not attended an Asheville Makers event. Another third attended a single event or meeting and the final third attended multiple events or meetings.
  • People wanted to see the Asheville Makers do almost all of the items listed including; touring spaces, organizing single day maker events, obtain a dedicated space, teach classes, organize lectures and obtain specific pieces of equipment. The only entry which didn’t receive a better than majority vote was organizing a Mini Maker Faire event.
  • In the section of what kinds of activities would people like to see in an Asheville Makerspace, there was positive interest for electronics, woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, laser cutter, open shop space and robotics . There was neutral or negative interest in having general classrooms, textiles, ceramics, computer lab, general classrooms, industrial painting and fine arts studios.
  • Under the skills inventory, there are many makers who have or want to acquire skills in metal, wood, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics and computer programming. People were not interested in learning more about textiles, industrial painting, ceramics or fine arts disciplines.
  • In the time and financial support section of the survey respondents said that they would volunteer around 115 hours a month of time resources and about $555 a month of financial resources to a maker organization.

Following the presentation of the results, the attendees of the meeting discussed a variety of topics including; efforts to make more people aware of a makers organization, marketing materials needed, planning for future meetings, participation in local and regional events and project management options for helping organize. A future meeting time and date will be determined and announced on this website and the avlmaker social media channels.

Asheville Makers Meeting March 16

Greetings everyone,

Our survey has been going pretty well, but we can always use more input. There is still time to fill it out if you haven’t yet. And do encourage your friends and family to fill it out as well if they have any interests in Making. Just click the link below.

Based on the results of our poll, our meeting will be Saturday March 16th at 10 am at Mojo Coworking. Many thanks to Craig for lending us a space to meet in.

The agenda for this meeting will be to go over the results of our survey and to discuss what next steps we can take as an organization. This meeting will be limited to about an hour so you can plan to enjoy the rest of your Saturday. There have been many great responses so far and I look forward to sharing the ideas that have been submitted.

I hope that many of you can make it and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Asheville Makers meeting November 19

Greetings Makers, we will be meeting on November 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Asheville Brewing, 77 Coxe Avenue, just south of downtown Asheville. We will be touring the Asheville Brewing facility where they will be talking to us about the brewing process from the very beginning of grinding the grain, mashing and fermenting all the way until it’s in a can that you can take anywhere.

Also, don’t forget to bring your projects whether finished or in progress to show and tell for everyone to see.

Asheville Brewing is located just south of the downtown post office location and bus terminal at 77 Coxe Avenue. For more information about Asheville Brewing visit them at

Asheville Makers meeting October 10

Greetings Makers, we will be meeting on October 10th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Trash, Inc., 711 B Biltmore Avenue, just north of Biltmore Village.

We will be touring the Trash, Inc. facility where they will be talking to us about making with reused materials. They have an amazing collection of ever changing materials, so bring your ideas. You just may find the perfect piece of material for that project you wanted to start.

Trash, Inc. is located right behind Appalachian Vintner, just north of the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Meadow Road. For more information about Trash, Inc. visit them on Facebook.

IWF 2012 Atlanta GA

As part of one of my many jobs I end up working in Atlanta at the IWF show every once in a while. What is the IWF 2012 show you say?

The full name is the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair and it happens every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center. With nearly 900 exhibitors showing their wares to over 12,000 attendees from all 50 states and over 60 foreign countries, this is one of the largest wood products related shows in the world. Showing everything from sandpaper to multi-million dollar pieces of industrial woodworking equipment this is the place to be if you have any interest in working with wood.

One aisle over, about 50 feet away happened to be Epilog Laser. They have a nice line of small laser cutters and engravers that have a broad array of capabilities for the price. Needless to say I spent some time over at their booth talking to their technicians and their customers who came by. They were etching and cutting a variety of samples that people could take with them. This is a video of the gunslinger character as it was being cut out from the larger sheet of material.

A little farther away was ShopBotTools, a maker of 3 axis CNC routers. With a large X and Y range compared to the Z travel capabilities, these machines are ideal for flat materials. Mostly used on plywood, plastic sheet or hardwood where only a couple of inches of Z travel are needed. The video below shows the bas-relief carving of the US Navy crest that they were running at the time in a piece of hardwood that was about 1 inch thick. An option that was available for this machine was a drag knife that is ideal for cutting very thin material like hardwood veneer, gasket material, paper or film.

Finally, just down the aisle, was Vectric a maker of 3D software for computer aided design and manufacturing. With a large online user group, free trial versions of their software and free downloads of projects to try out they are the place to start for 3 axis CNC. Not to mention the tutorial videos, support for almost any file type imaginable from every program from Adobe Illustrator files to ProEngineer and SolidWorks.

All this and the standbys like Jet, Powermatic, SawStop, Bosch, Dewalt and many others. If you are interested in working with wood you should definitely make it to this show.