By Kim Halyak
[singlepic id=302 w=320 h=240 float=right]If you need a little inspiration, instruction, or just want to show off your latest creation, then you are invited to attend the weekly meetings of the Midsouth Makers. This group, formed in January 2010, is already gaining speed as membership has grown from 3 to 19 men and women. Midsouth Makers grew out of the desire to bring artists, builders, tinkers, technology lovers, and do it yourselfers together to share ideas, learn new skills, and trade tips and materials. Maker groups exist all over the US and are connected to the Maker Faire events held nationally.
Some current member interests include: taking photographs, making chain mail, building “green” aquariums, and working on computers. Past meetings have included tutorials on how to use a hand built letterpress to make invitations as well as soldering 101. Members decide upcoming projects. Proposed future topics include fused glass, intro to electronics, and wireless encryption. In June, members visited Maker groups in Nashville and Birmingham, and held their 4th Annual Zombie Walk on Beale Street.
The group is also actively building funds to move into a large warehouse to provide space for members to house and work on personal projects. Dues will cover rent and utilities and will furnish the space with tools and equipment for all members to use. Plans include filing for 501c(3).
If you know of rental space that might fit our needs, please contact us with details at midsouthmakers.org. For more information on this group you can attend a meeting by heading over to Christian Brothers University, Nolan Engineering Building, Room 241, at 7 pm on Fridays. Usually, some of the group gets together for food after the meeting.