What is the Curious Forge?
The Curious Forge is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and LLC MakerSpace located at 13024 Bitney Springs Rd in Nevada City, California. The Curious Forge is a 20,000+ sq/ft space, where members have access to training and a wide variety of over $100,000 in equipment from traditional to advanced. Most of all we re a community of builders, tinkerers, artists and professionals who love to make. Think of it as a artistic, technical and industrial playground.
What is a Makerspace?
Part of the growing DIY movement, Makers re-use and re-purpose materials to create innovative, practical and whimsical projects. Tools are shared, ideas are brainstormed, and people join in to help each other out.
Don’t know how to use the tools? Don’t know what to make?
That’s where the community comes in! We have workshops to foster ideas and learn how to use the tools. We collaborate on projects such as building a Soap Box Derby car. Basically, if you’ve got the creative bug to make stuff, you’ll get the means to make it happen.
The Curious Forge got its start from a trip to Burning Man. Taken by the collaborative nature of some these astounding art pieces, I wanted to gather people together to make something bigger than an individual. After a visit to Maker Faire in San Mateo in 2011 and seeing all the these makers coming out of the woodwork and some art pieces from Burning Man the goal was clear, get a MakerSpace going in Nevada County.
We met in a small warehouse on East Main in June of 2011. About 20 people showed up and 5 of them believed in the vision of creating a community resource for people to come and make the things they love: Kara Asilanis, Jeff Carver, Terry Shearn, Sharon Almeida, and Yvon Dockter
The group worked hard to create a safe, creative and supportive place.
Since then we have move, grown and molted. Looking forward to what the future will bring.
My personal vision is to be moving down the street and seeing people using new personalized modes of transportation, art-electric-hacked, by people who are wearing clothing and adornments they created or modified in their own strange wonderful ways. Everyday people making, hacking, and personalizing the things that matter to them and bring them joy.