Open Shopirthday!

Flight of Conchords, always a partyOne of our co-founders (Karen) decided to GO BIG with her birthday celebration, and merge it with our weekly Open Shop on Fridays. Then we found out our newest member just had her birthday last week.

It’s a BirthdayStravaganza!

Please join us – to celebrate solar orbits, to meet other makers, and check out this Bodgery thing.  Refreshments will be served.

Stickers, Stencils and Silk Screening

Vinyl logo sticker

Yes, it’s off-center. Sigh…

The question?  “What can a vinyl cutter help you create?”

And we now have just such a machine upstairs in the craft/electronics area.

Cut an image out of a rainbow of vinyl, apply to your vehicle, laptop, shop window or wall, and bask in the public adoration.  Use them as stencils, or apply them to t-shirts for silk screening.

The world is waiting for your images.  Commence cutting.

Sharks with Friggin Lasers!

Laser SharkWhat do you do when your hackerspace gets a new laser cutter? Cut sharks with friggin’ lasers!

So yeah, that happened.

Our new 50W laser has an 18″ x 24″ bed. It can cut through 1/4″ maybe 3/8″ material (wood, acrylic, and fabric). It etches wood, acrylic, coated metals, glass, leather, and probably a few other things we haven’t thought of. It also has a handy rotary attachment that allows you to etch round objects. Come check it out at our next Open Shop Night this coming Friday.

Milwaukee laser-cut boxes
And look at the amazing boxes a member at Milwaukee Makerspace created on their laser cutters! Check out Shane’s art boxes and more here.


The Fast Internets Haz Arrived

Internet Tubes Filled with Cats

I know, I know.  It’s been tough.

I’ll wait, you thought.  I’ll wait until those mega-cool folks at the Bodgery throw down some real internet connectivity, and then I’ll dive in.

When downloads take seconds instead of minutes, you said, I’m hitting that giant work table with my laptop, and I’m gonna make that router cry silicon tears.

Well, my friend, your day has arrived.  Cable internets. 60 mb/s down, 5 up.  It’s waiting for you and your kittehs.

Crochet-a-thon for Yarn Bombing Project

yarn-bombing-street-art-crocheting-buenos-aires-buenosairesstreetart.com_Have you heard of Yarn Bombing? Yarn bombing is a form of guerrilla knitting and graffiti that involves encasing public objects, like sign posts, in knitted or crocheted yarn.

Intrigued? Well, Architectural Masters student, Bibiana Lightfoot needs your help! She is currently working on her Thesis from the Boston Architectural College, which involves designing a structure and integrating a weaving aspect. She will be building her 1/2 scale model structure here, disassembling it, and taking it to Boston to reconstruct it for her final presentation.

What she needs from us is as much crocheted or knit pieces as possible to weave onto her structure. Bibiana’s final presentation is the week of August 9th, so we gotta get cracking. So join us, Thursday, July 17th at 6pm. Come and crochet or knit. If you don’t know how, we’ll try to teach you. Don’t feel like doing work, but are interested anyway, go ahead and show up! We can always use cheerleaders. All completed projects will be donated to the project.

We will be able to supply some yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks. If you would like to bring your own, we would very much appreciate it.

Hope to see you there!


First, we incorporated with the State of Wisconsin. Next, the feds issued an EIN.  Today – a bank account with debit cards!

Yikes. It’s all gettin’ real …

Silly gif

It Touched Down Again!

Friday Open Shop Night was great…the shop actually felt a bit crowded! Lots of conversations and plans flying around.

The Firenado made another appearance, naturally. This time with more fans, and a new fuel mixture. Results? Higher tornado! See below for images. See you next Friday?


Someone stopped by Open Shop tonight (every Friday, 7-10pm), liked the place, and asked, “Do you have any box fans?  Can we build a Firenado in the parking lot?”

To which we obviously replied, “Heck yeah!!  How about tomorrow night?”  So that’s happening.  8 pm at the Bodgery, in the parking lot, expect photos and maybe a video.

Otherwise, Open Shop brought us lots of cool people, tours were given, ideas tossed around, trapeze’s were hung from the 3-ton lift.  Whatevs.

Thanks to everyone who turned out, and we hope to see you tomorrow night.  For the, um, tornado of flames.


Open Shop Nights – Every Friday

Looking for a chance to see the new space? We’ve got the perfect opportunity – every Friday night we’ll hold an “Open Shop Night” from 7-10pm. Drop in, the door will be open and people hanging out, working on projects, working on the space, etc. We’d love to see you there.

We’ll be adding more of these in the near future, but for now, if you’d like a chance to use the space as a guest (for free!), meet the people involved, or just check things out, Friday nights are our dependable ‘open hours’. Bring a friend!