Claremont MakerSpace In The News
Eagle Times - May 25, 2019
CLAREMONT — “FlatmenSquared” is a series of sculptures Ernest Montenegro has been working on. Artist-in-Residence at Claremont's Makerspace for the months of April and May, Montenegro has been expanding one of his Flatmen pieces in a new material.
Eagle Times - April 7, 2019
CLAREMONT — A series of lectures was held on Saturday at the Claremont Makerspace called “Sustainability and the art of living well.” The event was organized by artist Allison Zito, who like a lot of nervous partygoers, thought perhaps no one would show up. In fact, about 30 people of all ages turned up. Chairs from all over the makerspace had to be dragged into the large computer lab where the speakers gave their presentations....
CLAREMONT — “I’d rather have beauty than sadness,” said Alison Zito. Zito, an artist in residence at the Claremont Makerspace, has created “Sacred Thresholds” marrying two visual symbols: arches and snowflakes.
Her first arch is built over the wide brick entry leading into the Makerspace lobby. This arch emulates the niches built over the doorways in Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
“There’s just something about the shape of them that really appealed to me,” she said. “Just inside them you often find a female entity called a divada, and I didn’t want to do a female entity, but I did want to do something to stand in it. Divadas are a symbol of energy and light, and a doorway to the infinite. ...
Valley News - Feb 11, 2019
NEWPORT — What started as a hobby in the Colemans’ spare bedroom has grown into a business. Cole-Tac now occupies a warehouse on Unity Springs Road. They have four full-time employees, and they’re looking for more...
Valley News - Feb 11, 2019
CLAREMONT — Auto parts. Furniture. Shoes. Prosthetic limbs. Aircraft components. These are just a few of the items manufactured with 3D printing, a process that creates three-dimensional objects by squirting out molten material, bit by bit.
Like many other technologies, 3D printing has become cheaper and more accessible over time. These days anyone can buy a good desktop 3D printer for less than $500, and — with the help of free software — design and print hundreds of 3D objects, such as planters, vases, kitchen gadgets, tools and phone cases....
Eagle Times - Jan 16, 2019
CLAREMONT — One thing leads to another at the Claremont Makerspace — that’s the big idea. Although there are dozens of makerspaces in cities and towns in New England, the Claremont one was designed to bring creative people of all different persuasions together to inspire and help each other. ...
Business Facilities Magazine - August 27, 2018
Innovation and a creative spirit are alive and well in this thriving New England mill town. Claremont, New Hampshire, nestled along in the Connecticut River Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is a bustling mill town full forward-thinking manufacturers and creative entrepreneurs. While the end-product has changed over the years, Claremont continues to be the center of creativity for professionals of all ages. The most recent example of this is the opening of the Claremont MakerSpace ...
NHPR - July 9, 2018
The Claremont MakerSpace celebrated its grand opening Friday.
Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster were in attendance for the ribbon cutting, accomplished by laser cutter, rather than a traditional set of shears.
The project, which received both federal and state funds, has been in the works for years. It’s an important keystone in efforts to revitalize the city, Kuster said.
“There’s a history in Claremont, and in this whole region, of making things,” she said. “And now that energy’s back and it’s very exciting.”
The MakerSpace is expansive, occupying an old brick building downtown. It offers tools, classes and studio space for woodworking, metalworking, and fiber and digital arts.
Eagle Times - July 7, 2018
CLAREMONT – The Claremont Makerspace formally opened Friday with a new twist on ribbon-cutting.
“I’ve been at a ribbon cutting where they used a plasma cutter,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan. “This is the first one where they’ve used a laser.” ...
WNTK - July 7, 2018
Claremont, NH – On Friday Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Senator Maggie Hassan, Claremont city officials, and TwinState MakerSpaces leadership for the grand opening of the TwinState MakerSpace in Claremont, located at the Sawtooth Building...
CLAREMONT — On Tuesday, May 29, six entrepreneurs in varying stages of planning and development took part in a free business-branding class given by the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) New Hampshire in the Claremont MakerSpace. This was the first class given in the MakerSpace’s newly-completed computer lab.
The group included crafters, a local photographer, a woman looking to open a health facility, an independent engineering contractor, and a Vermont tour guide. They traveled from within Claremont and from as far away as Deering, New Hampshire and Sturbridge, Vermont to take the course. ...
New Hampshire Business Review - February 16, 2018
"We're really looking forward to our makerspace, which is going to open shortly. It's an opportunity to hit a lot of those issues. It's 11,000 square feet, with CNC machines, welding machines, 3D printers, woodworking, and a lot of arts-centered stuff. There’s a lot of interest from local employers because they see this opportunity for people to actually experiment with some of these things, but there’s also an entrepreneurial network that's going to be coming into that center as well to work with people as they test out an opportunity or a new business". ...
Claremont — Barely an hour into the open house on Saturday, more than a dozen visitors to the new Claremont MakerSpace had posted sticky-notes on a wall of the former Sawtooth Mill under a handwritten sign reading, “What will you make?”
“Guitars!” answered one prospective member of the cooperative aimed at hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artisans and do-it-yourselfers.
“Food truck,” another pledged, next to one reading “Learn to weld.”
“Quilts” and “Quilting!” read two more.
And these: “Birdhouses and such …,” “Keyboards (for computers),” “Smoker,” “Ceramics,” “Clay work,” “Classes on everything!”...
Eagle Times - August 15, 2017
CLAREMONT — When TwinState MakerSpaces President Steve Goldsmith placed his $18.42 bid for the Sawtooth Mill, he had new life in mind for downtown Claremont. Now, with work underway at the future site of the Claremont MakerSpace, the resurrection of the city’s maker movement seems more promising than ever.
With no ground to break in the former mill building at 46 Main St., the MakerSpace held a ground-”making” event on Monday on the rugged gravel covering the interior. City and state officials and local makers came out for event...
Valley News - August 13, 2017
Claremont — The next phase of the redevelopment of Claremont MakerSpace in the former Sawtooth mill building on Main Street has begun.
The building’s owner and developer, TwinState MakerSpaces of Lebanon, began work earlier this summer and is anticipating completing renovations before the end of the year.
Steven Goldsmith, president and co-founder of MakerSpaces with Jeremy Katz, explained on Friday the work that has been done and what the next phase will entail...
Valley News - March 26, 2017
Claremont — Interior renovations to the Claremont MakerSpace property at 46 Main St. are expected to begin next month and be finished by late summer, one of the nonprofit’s co-founders said last week.
“We have our building permits and now we have to schedule construction,” said Jeremy Katz, who founded MakerSpace with Steve Goldsmith. “Hopefully we can begin in April.”
The building, commonly called the Sawtooth because of a roof design that allows in natural light, is roughly 11,000 square feet and two stories tall. There is no floor separating the stories, so the interior is open to the roof and the equipment and work studios will be on one floor....
Valley News - October 15, 2016
Windsor, V.T. — From a miniature replica of a steam power plant to pinball machines to a robotic penguin, the American Precision Museum’s Model Engineering Show and Maker Space aims to give visitors a feel for technology spanning two centuries.
The Family Maker Space, set up at the recreation center, will feature cardboard pinball machines to play with, design and decorate; 3D printing; hands-on solar power demonstrations, and other activities hosted by organizations including Twin State Makerspaces ....
WCAX - October 15, 2016
CLAREMONT, N.H. - There will soon be a new space to make stuff in Claremont New Hampshire.
Congresswoman Annie Kuster toured the "MakerSpace" building Friday which is an old manufacturing mill on Main Street from the early 1900's. For a monthly fee community members will be able to rent space in the 10,000 square foot building to make anything from jewelry to 3D design...
Eagle Times-Aug 17, 2016
CLAREMONT — TwinState MakerSpaces, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that will be constructing the Claremont MakerSpace at 46 Main St., was one of 17 New Hampshire nonprofit organizations to receive a portion of $5.325 million in tax credits from the state Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) on Tuesday, Aug. 16...
Claremont — A $250,000 grant for TwinState MakerSpace Inc. will help jump start plans to renovate the Sawtooth building on Main Street.
Claremont, NH – Yesterday afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) congratulated TwinState MakerSpace, Inc. on receiving a $250,000 Northern Border Regional Commission grant during her tour of the center in Claremont. Congresswoman Kuster worked to support the TwinState MakerSpace in Claremont as they applied for the funds. The grant will be usedin part to purchase and renovate the Sawtooth Building so that it can support science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematic (STEAM) endeavors in the community.
“It was wonderful to visit the MakerSpace here in Claremont today and congratulate the center on its recent $250,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “The revitalization of the Sawtooth Building through this grant will continue to boost the economy and culture of the city and region. I was proud to support their Northern Border Regional Commission grant application. I congratulate the TwinState MakerSpace in Claremont on this grant and I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this project will have on tourism, the workforce, and the economy.”
The Northern Border Regional Commission was established in 2008 through the bipartisan Farm Bill to promote job creation and economic growth across the northern counties of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and New York. Congresswoman Kuster has fought in Congress to maintain funding levels for the Northern Border Regional Commission.
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This is the fourth article in a series dealing with expanding arts and cultural offerings in Claremont, New Hampshire. We’re trying to unpack how a community can approach expanding these amenities to attract young people without putting pressure on existing residents.
The Claremont MakerSpace is being developed by TwinState MakerSpaces, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2014. TSMS was founded by technologists, artists, educators, tradesmen and lovers of New England with the goal of enriching our communities through collaboration and creativity.
The Claremont MakerSpace will help anchor the economic and cultural revitalization of Claremont, New Hampshire. We are inspired by the Maker Movement that has taken hold nationwide as a vehicle for enhancing entrepreneurship, job development, community development, science and the arts.