Visiting

“Forge members are one of the most helpful, generous group I have met. I never would have been able to finish my lamps without the generous gift of their time and expertise, thank you”

JH, Grass Valley, Ca

Visiting

Where are you located?

We are located at 13024 Bitney Springs Road, Bldg 9, Nevada City, CA 95959

Can I just drop in to see the space?

Yes you can but there isn’t always a volunteer on site to help you, so call ahead 530-446-2777, we are happy to arrange a tour.

I would like to bring my group/organization/school/program to tour The Forge. How do I set that up?

To arrange a specialized tour for your group, send an email to spark@thecuriousforge.org with your request.

 

Membership

What types of membership are there?

Please see our membership page for more information.

Full Membership – Access to all equipment during our open hours (Tues-Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am to 6pm, closed Mondays)

Volunteer – various opportunities, just contact us.

How do I join?

All information about joining is here on our membership page.

Do you have day pass packages?

At this point we don’t, but hope to 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.

We have an honor system store, we carry some items like clay, safety googles, dust masks, etc. for members to purchase. We will add some materials as we go.

I’ve never made anything before, is that OK?

Absolutely! The heart and soul of a makerspace is peer to peer skill-sharing. 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 20% discounts on all workshops and discounts with a select group of local businesses.

When can I use the space ?

During our open hours- Tues-Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am to 6pm, closed Mondays

Membership

“No garage, limited budget for equipment, I was stuck for years. I finally found my creative home” JW, Nevada City, Ca

Equipment

Equipment

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 under Resources/Equipment.

Can I use The Forge’s tools without having to take a class?

Not a class but members do have to complete certification on any equipment used. See our available tool list tool list for more information.

What is tool certification?

Certification is for any member wanting to use that given area. We have a robust certification process so that everyone is on the same page in terms of safety, correct operation of equipment, and how the area works. 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 Groups

Do I have to be a member to take classes at the Forge ?

No – All of our classes, Meet-Your-Maker, and Public Groups 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.

Do you have Gift Cards ?

Yes! Its a wonderful gift you can give someone. Email spark@thecuriousforge.org for details, or select the link to them on our home page.

Are you looking for instructors?

Yes! Contact us if you are interested.

Is there an age minimum for classes or membership?

Full membership is restricted to adults 18+ .

Anyone under the age of 18 must get prior approval by facilitator to take a class. 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 on the calendar for your particular workshop.

What if I am unable to attend my workshop?

Most facilitators set the requirements for refunds. With enough advance (7 days) notice refunds may be possible.

Getting Your Make On!

Miscelleneous

Miscellaneous

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 spark@thecuriousforge.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.

Support our mission

What kinds of donations do you accept?

We will gladly accept financial contributions for our nonprofit. If you have tools or materials you think might be of use to us, please email us at spark@thecuriousforge.org

Connect

Do you have any upcoming events that are open to the public?

We have a number of open to the public, mostly free events throughout the year.

I’d like to get in touch with someone on staff about X. What is the best way to do that?

You can contact us at spark@thecuriousforge.org

What else?

What do you have for kids?

We’ve run Summer Camps and will have more programs for middle school children and for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Just get on our mailing list to find out when they occur.

Can I buy a gift certificate?

Please contact spark@thecuriousforge.org for info on gift certificates, or go to our home page.

How do I redeem a gift certificate?

To redeem a gift certificate for a classes contact us regarding the class you are interested in.