At this point we don’t, but will be adding that in the near future.
What materials are available for general use?
Members are expected to supply their own materials. We do have a very productive scrap wood bin and a ton of small electronic components that are available for general use. Occasionally you can scrounge something good from the metal scrap bin as well.
I’ve never made anything before, is that OK?
Absolutely! the heart and soul of a makerspace is peer to peer skillsharing. You will find a community of generous and skilled members.
Will I be able to store my projects?
Personal storage is available to rent by the month to our members. Some restrictions apply.
Are there any discounts ?
a Full membership entitles members to 15% discounts on all workshops and discounts with a select group of local businesses.
when can I use the space ?
Currently we are open 9am to 11pm for members.
“No garage, limited budget for equipment, I was stuck for years. I finally found my creative home” JW, Nevada City, Ca
What kind of tools do you have?
We have tools for electronics, robotics, woodworking, jewelry & metalworking, welding, laser cutting, 3D printing, machining, bicycle maintenance, fiber arts, screen printing, metal casting and more. We have a list of our major equipment here.
Can I use The Forge’s tools without having to take a class?
Not at this time but we are working on an ad hoc program that will include day passes and tool usage. See our available tool list tool list for more information.
What is tool certification?
Certification process is for people ready to demonstrate familiarity and safe use of our tools. You may qualify for testing without training depending on your experience. Some of our tools require both training and testing despite prior experience.
Can I bring my equipment into the space?
Any equipment brought into the space must be pre-approved for usage. This includes tools for personal or community use. If you want to have a tools for community use, we will lease the equipment for $1/year to create a legal contract and you can specify certification process and maintenance schedule.
Workshops, Meet-your-maker, public Meetups
Do I have to be a member to take classes at the Forge ?
No – All of our classes, Meet-Your-Maker, and Meetups are open to the public and do not require membership to attend.
When are you offering X class again?
If a class is not available for registration, we are probably working with our instructors and shop leads to schedule and prepare for the next session of the class. The best way to find out about class postings is to sign up for our mailing list. If you have a suggestion, please email us your ideas
Is there an age minimum for classes or membership?
Full membership are restricted to adults 18+ but we have started a tethered membership for young teens. This entails an interview with parents and young teen. Additionally, teens can only be in the space when there parent is present.
Anyone under the age of 18 must get prior approval by facilitator. We have had a lot of 14+ year olds participating in all kinds of classes
I am taking my first class at Forge, what do I expect?
For all you need to know about attending classes at the Forge see the workshop detail page for your particular workshop
What if I am unable to attend my workshop?
Most facilitators set the requirements for refunds. If enough advance notice refunds may be possible.
Getting Your Make On!
I’d like to pay to have something built for me. Can you help?
We do not operate as a job shop here at the Forge, but we do have a number of members who run jobs out of the space. If you’re interested in having something built for you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you can see if anyone is interested in taking on the job. The Curious Forge will make no recommendations and takes no responsibility for the quality of work arranged through the have-it-made list — we are simply facilitating communication.