Makers Local 256 is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit of like-minded individuals who have created a hackerspace located in Huntsville, AL.

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May 1st will be Makers Local 256’s Brews to Benefit night at Straight to Ale. In short, this means that every pint (16 oz) sold between 3pm and 10pm (7 hours) that day will earn the shop one US dollar ($1 USD).

But wait… there’s more! We’ll be having a geek-culture-themed trivia night in the Straight to Ale Speakeasy at 6pm! Grab some friends and show off how massive your stores of minutiae are about fun stuff like the Silmarillion and Clone Wars! Compete for prizes! Get a drink and enjoy yourself! (Or all of the above, if you’re a real go-getter!)

Every pint sold at Straight to Ale between 3pm and 10pm that afternoon will support Makers Local 256, so even if you can’t make the trivia game, you can still swing by and help out!

Check out the Facebook event here.

What you likely knew about the enthusiasts of makers local is that we drink a lot of soda.  What you may not have known is that we recycle every can of tasty beverage we slam down, but it’s not always taken to the local recyling center.  Some days are melt days.

On these glorious days makers converge on 414 Stevens to bring fire to the forge once more, and enjoy a day of watching the change that a fierce fire can bring.  One to three crushed cans at a time we drop our empties into a crucible sitting in a tornado of orange flame.  The silver puddle in it grows and deepens until there is enough liquid aluminum to pour into buckets that once held tasty pickles, and now hold engorged water beads.

 

As the metal hits the cooler water it forms around the water beads and creates a beautiful sculpture, which upon viewing is immediately recognizable as akin to ocean coral.

This might look like an expensive hobby, but once you have the tools on hand, it’s really only about $25 worth of consumables (propane and water beads), and as many aluminum cans as you can bring to the fire.  Our tank of propane was released at about 10 psi, and lasted us for hours.

The final step in the creation process is to clean all of the water beads trapped in the sculpture out.  We found using pressurized air to be the most rewarding way to do this, as it causes most of the beads to explode and spray everywhere.  We recommend safety glasses, but you do you.

Some of these sculptures will be sold as a fundraiser at the upcoming Brews to Benefit event on May 1st at Straight to Ale:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1989533497935585/

  Upcoming Events

NACC Sewing 101 Workshop: April 8

This sewing workshop, hosted by the North Alabama Cosplayer’s Club, will teach you how to make a children’s cloak with hood, which will be used by the Madison Children’s Theatre in their production of Harry Potter! There will be two workshops, from 9am-12pm and from 2pm-5pm. If you’re interested, check out the Facebook event page!

ML256 @ STA: May 1

Straight to Ale is hosting us on Monday May 1! This event is a great fundraiser and awareness-raiser; a portion of the proceeds from each pint sale will come back to us, and we will additionally be able to sell some small items. We are currently accepting suggestions for events (such as trivia night) or items to sell. Please send suggestions to the Publicity List (publicity@makerslocal.org).

Pig Roast: June 24

Pig roast is coming up quickly, with a prospective date of June 24. Last year we had a huge turnout, and it looks like this year will be no different! Volunteers are a huge part of what makes the Pig Roast possible, so if you’re able, check out the wiki page and sign up. Some examples of volunteer opportunities include selling tickets, babysitting the pig, and pre- and post-event cleanup. Additionally, anybody who can bring a side item or dessert is encouraged to 🙂Read More →

Jeff is probably one of our most well-known members. He has been involved since the very beginning, and has been involved with a wide variety of projects and events in his time with us. Click through to learn more about this illustrious member! If you’d like to nominate a member to be a featured maker, please email blog@makerslocal.org with your suggestion!

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A few months ago, Make-A-Wish Alabama reached out to Makers Local 256 for advice on putting together the perfect personal makerspace for local 16-year-old Joseph. Today, Makers Local members Chris, Hunter, Norm, Bradley, and Jeff had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of that very makerspace. The space packs quite a punch, with its Rigol oscilloscope, Printrbot New Simple Pro 3D printer, benchtop variable power supply, soldering station, and more. We hope Joseph stops by Makers Local to show off his creations!

P.S.: The ideas that went into our suggestions for creating Joseph’s makerspace are located on our wiki. Check it out at this link.