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One of the basic tenets of Makers Local 256 is education.

  • People with the knowledge to teach others should make a potential class known.
  • People interested in taking any listed classes should make that desire known.

We currently organize classes here.

Ideas on improving classes

  • There should be a standard operating procedure for how to advertise a class. Such as: 1. email the general list. 2. call radio stations (list). 3. call newspapers (list).


Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders is going to a class in wilderness engineering (aka appropriate technologies design) with SIFAT on their campus in Lineville, AL. The class will teach you how to build things like waterwheels, wells and agricultural gear using local skills and resources to help a community become sustainably self-reliant by providing resources and income. Some examples are here.

It will be for all day on a weekend. If you are interested in attending please inform Ethan/Spacefelix ( and Justin Wetherwax ( as to the time you would like to attend and how many people you will be bringing.

Date: TBA, currently aiming for the September-October timeframe.
Cost: Free.

Interested Parties:

Permaculture Garden Design Classes

"Backyard Permaculture Series", will be 3 Fall classes on several topics of permaculture. Permaculture is the design of agriculture and gardens to mimic natural ecosystems to form a stable, self-sufficient means of production. Hands on projects will be part of the classes. They will be at Michele Sneed's ( farm at 414 Voekel Rd, Huntsville 35811. For more information and to register for classes, please visit her website.

  • September 10th - Gardens & Soil Fertility
  • October 15th - Water In The Landscape
  • November 5th - Edible Forest Gardens
Cost: $45 per Class, pay on class website.

Interested Parties:

Proposed Classes

Cosplay 101 with GTpyro

This is a series of classes that go through some of the skills often used in costume making. Please click the link for more details.

Drawing 101 with Cherryblossom!

This is a basic introduction to drawing. You are welcome if you are a seasoned artist or if you have never thought of a pencil as anymore than a writing utensil. We will be discussing drawing techniques and materials. If you are interested, make sure to drop me ( a line, so I can start preparing!

Dates: TBA while garnering more interest
Cost: Free, but you provide your own pencils (I will have some onhand for the 'just trying it out' crowd)
Materials: I highly recommend the Kimberly Brand Graphite Pencil Pack, but any pack of multiple graphite pencils will do. Also, bring a pink pearl eraser (you know, the schoolkid one) and a kneaded eraser for the more studious guys.

Interested Parties:

Halloween and Special Effects Makeup with Cherryblossom

More details to follow closer to October, but I have been planning of demonstrations of various types of special effects make up that can be done at home. Monsters and zombie fans are welcome!

Date: Hopefully each week in October
Materials: Each week will have a different set up, but everyone is welcome just for the demonstration or to bring their own mix of materials regardless of the list. We will learn how to make stuff work for us.
Cost: Free for the classes, however, materials will be up to you (you can go cheap or you can go ben nye)

Interested Parties:

Beer Brewing - with EnabrinTain

Overview of Home-brewing technologies, from simple LME Kits to All-Grain brewing. Commentary (where people add what they want out of the class):

Date:Sometime in late September 2011
Cost:Depends on what people are interested in.
Links:Classes by Enabrintain

Interested Parties:

The Complete Torrent User's Guide to Usenet - PsychoAU

It pains me to see the amount of people who still cling to the idea that BitTorrent is the greatest way to download things. This is far from the truth. This class will show you how to get started with Usenet. Why worry about which company is monitoring your IP? Why wait on that one seeder to actually leave his computer on long enough to get more seeds? Why watch a file get to 98% only for that one seed to disappear? My friends, there is a better way. Learn everything you need to know about Usenet... from NZBs to PAR2s... from Retention to Completion... Max out your internet connection with every download. These things, plus more will be covered in this class. Sign up today! -- PsychoAU

Date\Time: TBD

Interested Parties:

Almost Anything Linux related - with Brimstone

Now that we've got some traction for this class, what kind of topics would you guys like to see? Please add below:

Cost: Free!

Interested Parties:

  • Nykodemus 16:27, 25 June 2009 (CDT) - would like to learn about perl and beginning system administration as well as basic network security
  • CrashCart
  • strages
  • omegix
  • Ratmandu 17:56, 23 July 2009 (CDT)
  • Preauxphoto 07:23, 18 May 2010 (CDT)

Basic Self Defense - with Nykodemus

Date: Pending indefinitely

Interested Parties:

Experimental Casting / Wax patterns - with Tabatha

Date: Pending indefinitely

Interested Parties:

Past Classes

Participants:Omegix, Dickie,Crashcart