ICYMI: The November Open Meeting of Alamance Makers Guild

Guest blogger Josh Lane is a teacher, musician, and tinkerer with the drive to learn as much as he can about as much as he can. If you’re looking for Josh, you can find him wherever there are books, tools, or good food. 

Maker Updates

This month’s open meeting was a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow makers and learn about Preserve Burlington, a new organization dedicated to the upkeep and revitalization of Burlington’s historic district.

Bennett Harris, director of Alamance Makers Guild, started things off with a number of announcements including information regarding upcoming Maker events, Maker Faire Burlington updates, and the guild’s open board member position.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell had a number of interesting contributions: 3D printed masks, hand-cut scroll saw work from our very own Artisan Pirate, and an ornate (but quite heavy!) blown glass pumpkin from the recent STEAM Junction glassblowing workshop. If you missed the last workshop, don’t worry—we’ll be doing it again soon!

Preservation Burlington

Most of the night was dedicated to a presentation by Faith Grant and Molly Whitlatch of Preservation Burlington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building community and preserving historic properties. Preservation Burlington focuses on structures with architectural and cultural significance, empowering homeowners and DIYers to explore alternatives to demolition by offering workshops and a selection of resources for those who are interested in revitalizing their homes.

Preservation Burlington embodies the spirit of the Maker movement by bringing people together and instilling the confidence required to take on new projects. Faith and Molly discussed recent workshops the organization has held, such as window replacements and preventative maintenance, and they showed pictures from the ongoing Cates-Cobb renovation. Additionally, we learned about community projects such as the large-scale neighborhood yard sale and their upcoming holiday tour of historic homes.

Faith and Molly shared many more interesting ideas, ranging from the stories of local homes to replication of old-style components using modern technology such as 3D printing and CNC machining, and we got a little preview of some of the houses in downtown Burlington--the Henderson-May house, for example, is a combination of two different properties--a massive undertaking that required one home to be transported and attached to another!

Every house has a story. Every maker has a story. Come to our next meeting, 7 p.m. December 14th, and tell us yours!

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