CMS Public Newsletter

Upcoming classes and events at the Claremont MakerSpace 

Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

We have an exciting list of upcoming classes at the Claremont MakerSpace that we think might interest you.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about? Tours are by appointment only. Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.

Upcoming Events

Events that are currently open for registration.

Fall Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece

Sat Oct 21 2023, 11:00P — 12:30P

Using a pre-cut, ready to use pumpkin, students will learn about the materials used to create a pumpkin floral arrangement. Students will learn the names of all of the flowers and greens used in the project and how to keep them looking fresh for as long as possible. The instructor will demonstrate her method for approaching a beautiful, pleasing design, step by step. Each student will go home with a completed floral arrangement.

About the Instructor(s): Victoria Loring is the owner and designer at Mica Mine Floral In Unity, NH. She has been in the floral design industry for at least 10 years and 2 years on my own. Flowers are her passion and she loves the process of creating custom arrangements for each person she works with. She is looking forward to sharing some of this knowledge with you!

Students should wear clothes that can get dirty – sometimes the greens and flowers can make a mess and accidents happen.

Class Fees: $45 members/ $55 non-members

Materials Fee: $5 (included in the class fees)

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: all levels

Age requirement: All ages (children 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult)

Register for this class now!

Gnome for the Holidays

Sat Nov 4 2023, 11:00P — 1:00P

Experience the delight of creating something for yourself, your family or friends!  After all, Gnome-body does it better than you!

This two hour workshop walks you through the steps to create a “Gnome for the Holidays” ornament.

No experience necessary, you need only bring your desire to have fun and create!

Each participant will receive one DIY Gnome Kit, which includes two engraved pieces (Christmas 2023 and Gnome for the Holidays). In addition, you will have access to the paints and supplies necessary to create your Gnome and I will be there to guide you through the process, giving you as much or as little assistance as you desire.

Come alone and make friends. Bring friends and have a laugh. Come with family and make a memory. Gnome matter the reason, this workshop was designed with you in mind!

Participants will leave with a completed ornament.

Instructor Bio: 

Hello, my name is kB Miller and I am an artist / maker of many things.

My creations utilize a variety of mediums, including clay, paper, wood and glass.

My interest in laser cut products began at the MakerSpace!  The desire to create utilizing the innovative technology of a laser cutter led me to invest in my own Glowforge.  As a result, I am constantly exploring the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship. Through this cutting-edge laser cutter, I am able to transform various materials into unique and captivating products that blend artistry with functionality.

Class Fees: $15 members/ $20 non-members

Materials Fee: $10 payable to the instructor at the time of class. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: all levels

Age requirement: Youth and Adult (15 and older)

Register for this class now!

Members Only Shindig

Sun Nov 5 2023, 1:00P — 3:00P

Are you ready for a Show and Tell? Bring your recently completed or in-progress projects and creations to share with your fellow makers.

Bring any leftover Halloween candy to get rid of or trade or bring a treat of your choice to share. (Please label homemade foods with all ingredients, as we do have members with allergies. Thanks!)

We have all manner of projects going at the MakerSpace and this is a chance to show yours off. Anything you’re working on at home works, too. There’s something for everyone at a Show & Tell — be it artistry, engineering, or pure craftsmanship. We always enjoy seeing the wild ideas people bring!

Bring a work-in-progress or even your notebook sketches. Develop your ideas further, open them up to discussion, and take them to the next level while enjoying fun and fellowship with other members.

As always, you’re encouraged to bring a family member or friend (especially if they’re interested in making).

We also encourage you to register, so we have an idea of how many folks to expect, but it’s not required.

About the Instructor(s): That’s you!

Class Fees: free

Materials Fee: none

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: all levels

Age requirement: none

Register for this class now!

Make a Basic Cutting/Serving Board

Thu Nov 30 2023, 6:00P — Thu Dec 7 2023, 9:30P

Would you like to learn how to use basic shop machinery to make a lovely hardwood serving/cutting board?  Then this is the course for you.  Starting with raw lumber you will learn how to make a useful and beautiful piece that can serve you or a special friend for years to come.

You will learn about wood selection, milling it “foursquare”, and designing a layout.  Then you will practice gluing it up and sanding it (wet and dry) before applying mineral oil and beeswax.

All tools, materials, and safety gear will be provided – though, students are welcome to bring their own tools and gear.

About the Instructor(s): Peter Gunn is a long time high school history teacher who loves wood from trees to the table.  Eight years ago he began taking woodworking courses and has been practicing steadily ever since.  He loves working on the lathe and with the jointer and planer to reveal the beauty of wood and make useful things.  Learning to make a cutting board encouraged him to develop his skills and nurtured his appreciation of what wood can become.  During the holidays in 2020, when Covid altered so much of our world, he began making cutting/serving boards to raise money for local food pantries.  Almost three years and over two hundred boards later, he is excited to share his knowledge.  He hopes people will enjoy making something uniquely beautiful and growing their skills and self-confidence in the process.

***This class meets twice***

November 30, 2023 6pm-8:30pm


December 7, 2023 6pm-8:30pm

Class Fees: $60 CMS members/ $70 non-members

Materials Fee: Included in class fee

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: Any age (children under 16 years old must be accompanied by their adult)

Register for this class now!

Just Missed

These classes are currently full at time of writing. If you are interested, please check the event’s page; spots occasionally open up. Keep an eye on this newsletter to see when these classes are offered again.

Make a Basic Cutting/Serving Board

Thu Nov 2 2023, 6:00P — Thu Nov 9 2023, 8:30P

Learning VCarve and the ShopBot

Tue Nov 7 2023, 6:30P — Tue Nov 21 2023, 8:00P

Happy Makin’!
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