Archive for category Administrivia
Thanks to all who came out to our liquidation sale on Saturday. We were overwhelmed by your support & generosity.
We sold quite a few items, and made a big dent in our debt. But what was most satisfying is that the bulk of what we sold is going to other makerspaces, kids’ programs & makers who will take those little pieces of think|haus forward to continue to pursue what we have always been about: tinkering, learning, creativity, the satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands, and the empowerment that comes from understanding how things work.
think|haus is closing, and we’re clearing out everything – tools, electronics, computers, etc. We’re having a one day sale TODAY from 10am to 4pm.
Everything must go!
Here are photos of just some of the items for sale:
Here’s a partial list of things that will be available for sale at think|haus tomorrow:
Hand tools: a large collection of screwdrivers, wrenches, files, clamps, etc.
Soldering: several soldering stations, a hot air station, a reflow plate
Bench tools: band saw, scroll saw, bench grinder, 2 gallon compressor, drill press
Projectors: 2 data projectors
Computers, USB cables, video cables, HDMI cables
Lockers: 3 banks of half height wooden lockers
Radio control receivers, transmitters, battery chargers
Miscellaneous: 1 full size fridge, 1 bar fridge, 1 microwave, 1 toaster oven, tables, chairs, lots of odds & ends
think|haus is closing, and we’re clearing out everything – tools, electronics, computers, etc. We’re having a one day sale this Saturday.
When: Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: 25 Dundurn Street North, around the back & up the stairs
For larger items, later pickup can be arranged, but everything must be out by October 14.
So long and thanks for all the fish
So sad that it should come to this
We have come to the unfortunate decision that think|haus must close. We have been operating at a loss for over a year, and the amount of debt we have accumulated is not sustainable. Our membership numbers are well below what we need to break even, not to mention addressing the debt. The directors are no longer willing to incur the personal liability for the accumulating debt. Our landlord has been patient & understanding, but they too have financial obligations.
think|haus was Hamilton’s first hackerspace. A lot of great people have been affiliated with the space over the years, and many of them have gone on to do very interesting things. Several have set up their own workshops to pursue their passions. We’ve seen things like 3D printing go from an obscure, difficult DIY process to something available to the public at the library. Hamilton has hosted 2 terrific Mini Maker Faires, and has a number of new technology startups. I am proud of the part think|haus played in helping to establish the maker movement in Hamilton. Most of all, though, I am very grateful for the opportunity think|haus has given me to meet smart, engaging people, many of whom I now count as close friends.
In the coming weeks, we can discuss whether think|haus can continue to exist as a virtual community, hosting occasional meetups, etc. But for now, we must deal close our physical space.
We will be holding a “garage sale” on October 8. Watch this page for further details.
think|haus is offering a summer membership special – $50 buys you a membership from now till the end of August. Join our community, meet like minded people, get access to our tools, and learn new things in our classes & workshops.
We’d also like to thank our 3D printing filament supplier MG Chemicals for funding the production of our new brochure. Check out their line of products for 3D printing, electronics, & printed circuit board making.
We had a great time at Hamilton Mini Maker Faire on the weekend. There were so many cool projects to see, and we met lots of interesting people. We look forward to seeing many of them at our weekly Open Haus, Tuesdays from 7-10pm at our space, 25 Dundurn St. N., back door & up the stairs. See you there!
think|haus will be at the Hamilton Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
There’s always fascinating things to see & do. Meet makers, hobbyists & crafters and get inspiration for your next project.
More information can be found at makerfairehamilton.com
See you there!
As part of the think|haus reboot, we’d like to get back to holding regular classes on a variety of topics of interest to the maker community. So, what do you want to learn? Arduino? Raspberry Pi? 3D Printing? Internet of Things? Home Automation? Make your own Media Centre? How to land a rocket on an autonomous barge?
Let us know in the comments below what kinds of classes you’d like to see. We’ll gauge interest and set up classes with the most interest. We’d like to get going as soon as possible, so let your ideas fly!
At our meeting last Thursday, June 2, we agreed to try to save think|haus. We were encouraged by the messages we received from many people who had, at one time or another, been associated with think|haus. Everyone believed it was a special place worth saving, and that the current state of affairs could be turned around with concerted effort. We have a lot of work to do in getting the space in better physical shape, making sure all of our equipment is in good working order, and creating simple well documented workflows. We also need better management and administrative structures, and new revenue sources. Most of all, however, we need to rebuild our sense of community. It won’t be easy, and it will take a lot of dedicated effort. Enthusiasm is much easier to generate than maintain. But we are willing to try.
We will be at Hamilton Mini Maker Faire on June 26 at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
Keep an eye on this space for more announcements about upcoming classes, build nights & other maker activities.