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Welcome to Athens MakerSpace!

The makerspace movement is sweeping the world and is
now coming to Athens…

Who?

ReUse Industries is launching Athens MakerSpace with several partners including: Rural Action, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University’s Innovation Center, toy designer/maker and woodworking teacher David Wakefield
and many community volunteers.

We are grateful for financial support we’ve received from many sources to make Athens MakerSpace a reality, including ReUse Industries’ thrift store donors and customers, the Sugar Bush Foundation, the Athens Foundation, the Charles G. O’Bleness Foundation, the One Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the William Beale Legacy Fund and numerous individual donors.

What?

Makerspaces provide workspace, tools, skilled instruction and other types of support to help people learn new skills, explore their creative passions, start new businesses and grow existing businesses. There are over 300 existing and planned makerspaces in the United States, helping drive a $29 billion locally-made goods economy that doubled in size in the last decade. This is part of a third industrial revolution which is putting the power to design and make things back in the hands of individuals and small firms in local communities.
YOU could develop new skills, start a hobby, grow your business or start a new business by accessing the tools, expert instruction and community of fellow makers at Athens MakerSpace.
YOU could share your expertise to help your neighbors pursue their creative and entrepreneurial passions.
What do YOU want to learn, teach, make, fix or upcycle? Please tell us by taking our survey at the link below.

Athens MakerSpace is for makers

Are you a maker? Do you want to be? Are there making skills you want to learn or teach?

Makerspaces come in dozens of different forms. They develop to respond to the needs, goals and priorities of the communities they serve. Please give us your input by taking our survey at the link below.

Athens MakerSpace will start with a woodworking shop led by expert woodworker David Wakefield, a fabric/fiber upcycling shop led by a team of community members and a 3D design/printing and electronics shop led by staff and community advisors.

What other kinds of shops and tools do you want us to provide? Please let us know by taking our survey at the link below.


Athens MakerSpace is all about community-based learning, teaching and sharing

Are there creative skills you want to learn or teach? Please let us know by taking our survey at the link below.

Did You Know?

Makerspaces are sprouting up all over the world – there are over 1,200 makerspaces worldwide and 300+ in the United States. This is part of a third industrial revolution which is putting the power to design and make things back in the hands of local communities.

We are “crowdsourcing” expert instruction in a range of creative disciplines including woodworking, fabric/fiber arts, metalworking, 3D design and fabrication, electronics and upcycling. To do this, we need to know what community members want to teach and learn – please give us some input by completing our survey at the link below.


Athens MakerSpace is for fixers

Are you a fixer? Do you want to be? Are there fixing skills you want to learn or teach?

Please tell us by taking our survey at the link below.

Did you know?

Fixing is a form of making. It takes something that is otherwise useless and discarded and turns it into something with value. It is also a “lost art” in a society where we often feel at the whim of manufacturers who would prefer us to give up on repairing our gadgets and buy new ones.

ReUse Industries tests, researches, repairs and refurbishes items donated to our thrift store on Columbus Road and offers Fix-It Workshops to help community members repair their own belongings. Going forward, Fix-It Workshops will be held at Athens MakerSpace. We will also offer specialized repair training and assistance based on community interest.

If you have fixing skills you want to offer and repairs you need help with, please take our survey at the link below.


Athens MakerSpace is for upcyclers

Upcycling means creating new products from otherwise discarded materials. Successful upcycling means new jobs for our region, new locally-made, lower-carbon products and a lower consumer carbon footprint.

Are you an upcycler? Do you want to be? How can Athens MakerSpace help?

Please let us know by taking our survey at the link below

Did you know?

Almost 1/3 of CO2 emissions in the U.S. result from the energy required to produce, transport and dispose of consumer products. The average American discards 70 pounds of clothing annually, spurred by a wasteful “fast fashion” industry. Making upcycled products from locally-available discarded materials is an important way to address this problem.

ReUse Industries’ annual ReUse Competition drew entries from almost 200 people in 22 municipalities in eight counties in its first two years in categories including artistic, home/garden, clothing/jewelry/fashion and technology. We just announced the third annual competition – Nov 1 registration deadline, Nov 12 exhibition and awards event at the Hocking College gymnasium. Please see details here Third Annual ReUse Competition

ReUse also provides materials and tools to many creative upcyclers in our region, and we’ll be able to do even more of this for members and class-takers in our makerspace.

We will be selling locally-made upcycled products and upcycling supplies at Athens MakerSpace.

If you are an upcycler or want to be, please let us know how Athens MakerSpace can help by taking our survey at the link below.