Noodling Night: Friday 2/23 @ 6pm

February 17th, 2018 by danbackslide

No, this isn’t about catfishing. To quote from the New Oxford American Dictionary (3rd Ed.):

noodle | ˈno͞odl | verb (informal[no object]) improvise or play casually on a musical instrument: tapes of him noodling on his guitar | (as noun noodling) : ambient synthesizer noodling.

Thus, Noodling Night, where we will bring in some instruments and noodle on them. Maybe we’ll learn a song or two. Maybe we’ll just sit around making various more or less musical noises. Either way, it should be fun!

You don’t need any particular skill level to join in — I’m scraping 25 years of rust off my so-so chops, so if you’re a beginner you’ll be in good company. And any instrument is welcome, including hands, feet, and voices.

So if this sounds like your kind of thing, well then dust off that autoharp, dig out the old Casio keyboard, and we’ll see you on Friday night!

Snow Emergency parking info

January 22nd, 2018 by danbackslide

We’ve suddenly discovered snow, and that means Minneapolis has declared a Snow Emergency. So you should be aware of where you can park around the shop. Getting your car towed is definitely not fun (trust me on this!). Here’s the rules for the next couple of days:

The parking lots: Don’t use the parking lots until they’ve been plowed out!

Day 1: Tonight (Mon 1/22), starting at 9pm
You can park on either side of both streets, 26th St. and 32nd Ave. We’re not on a snow emergency route.

Day 2: Tuesday 1/23, 8am to 8pm
Park on the south side of 26th St. (our side of the street), or the east side of 32nd Ave (across from the building).

Day 3: Wednesday 1/24, 8am to 8pm
Park on the north side of 26th St. (across the street), or the west side of 32nd Ave (next to the building).

Here’s a map to help you visualize this, courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.

Another WTF Night in the Metal Shop!

January 3rd, 2018 by schillerc

The Metal Shop will be closed from 430-930pm Monday, January 8th to provide the awesome space for another episode of Women/Trans/Femme Welding (AKA Wench Welding, AKA Build & Learn). This event is free and open to those who identify as WTF.

The event itself will run from 6pm-9pm this Monday. Plan on good people and fun. Lots of fun.

Please notify Clara if you plan on attending, as we are building end tables and want to have enough materials. We are asking for a donation of ten bucks to take a small end table home. That said, we are not jerks who let cost get in the way of an awesome little table going home with you.

Please wear natural fibers and shoes you don’t care about. Safety stuff provided. to let me know you are coming.

Metal shop Closed 6-9pm Monday November 20

November 15th, 2017 by schillerc

Greetings Members,

Metal shop will be hosting a local WTF (women/trans/femme) night this Monday November 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. This is an extension of Wench Welding in the Powderhorn neighborhood. The event is open to members and non-members alike who are looking for friendly faces of fabrication. This event is beginner friendly and will focus on the cutting torch and MIG welding. Metal shop will re-open for regular use after the event.

Attendees: please bring wear natural fiber clothing and non-flammable closed-toed shoes if possible. Safety glasses and gloves are a plus, but we have extra on hand if you need them.  We will be getting dirty, so you may not want to bring your favorite hoodie…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Clara Schiller with any questions at 612-703-9211

Quarterly Clean-Up, Saturday November 4th 10am-6pm

October 31st, 2017 by orion

The elder gods of cleanliness have chosen you, young hobbyist, as their avatar.


It’s that time again, makers, to clean and rearrange our spaces to make it better for everyone. If you have a bit of time and a bit of love for our little maker space, show up and help us clean our areas with other like-minded and like-hearted makers.

The shop will be closed to projects between 10am and 6pm so show up any time between then to help out. Shops will resume normal operation after 6pm.

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