Workshops 2013

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Please see Events for more up to date workshops.

This is a list of the proposed workshops and activities for the year 2013. We are trying to run workshops on the first and third Thursday of each month or for longer workshops, at the weekend. The workshops will generally start at 7.00pm and involve some activity or skill share. The Hackspace does not charge to run a workshop and you generally don't need to ask for permission, although a donation is suggested if you intend to charge to attend.

We can help sort out the materials and logistics. This is YOUR hackspace. It relies upon YOU to get involved and make this work. If you have an idea for a workshop or are willing to run a workshop but are looking for advice, do post on the group or email the trustees_at_notttinghack.org!


These workshops are open to everyone, so please spread the word.


Dates are listed below along with some details.


Upcoming events

Date Day Workshop Who? Cost Confirmed?


17th October Thursday 7pm onwards Make a PCB workshop - build a circuit board to convert an ATX PSU into a power supply. Matt Little £10 Y
9th November Saturday 11am-4pm Introduction to Arduino: How to use electronics to make your projects better! James Fowkes & Ian Dickinson £10 Y
21st November Thursday Laser-cut Marquetry Michelle Strickland £10 N
5th April Saturday International Tabletop Day Jared Allen Free Y

Event requests

If you want to run a workshop but don't know which subject to choose, here are a list of workshops members have said they would like to see:

  • How to use the Knitting machines
  • How to use sewing machines
  • Introduction to sewing
  • Use of electronics in sraftworking (conductive thread, LEDs, conductive paint etc)
  • Working with EL wire
  • Introduction to using fibreglass
  • Pattern making/using (textiles)
  • Welding
  • Using the Myford metal lathe
  • Using the Bridgeport metal mill
  • advanced/further arduino
  • Bicycle maintenance
  • software workshops (e.g. installing OS, photoshop/gimp, graphic design, office tools...)
  • Wireless communications modules for microcontrollers
  • Internet connectivity for microcontrollers
  • Knots, ropework and rigging

Proposed Events

Idea Notes Who? Cost Potential Date
Zoetropes Gareth Howell
Homebrewing beer Takes a whole day Matt Little
Beginners guide to wax inlay Approx 2-3hrs, evening. Weekend on request. Suitable for kids (accompanied by an adult responsible for them). Michelle Strickland £10 (TBC) Nov/Dec 2013
Build a solar phone charger Matt Little
LEDs and EL wire Matt Little
Misc. Build-a-circuit Evening Matt Little
Surface-mount soldering Roger Light
How to set up Linux/Apache/mySQL/PHP server/Wordpress Ben Waymark
Leatherworking Jake Howe
Screen printing Matt Little
Electric metal-etching Robert Miles
Brewing Wine Michelle Strickland
Making wine from supermarket ingredients Rob Haywood
How to make Sourdough Rob Haywood
Basic woodworking Box Jake Howe
EL Wire Adam Froggatt
Spork making Dominic Morrow
Laser-cut Marquetry Personalised coaster. Approx 3 hrs, evening. Weekend on request. Suitable for kids (accompanied by an adult responsible for them) Michelle Strickland £10 Nov 2013
PCB milling Using a CNC machine to mill PCBs Matt Little
Advanced Soldering Techniques (inc SMD soldering) Roger Light
Sourdough bread baking John Higham
fruit tree grafting John Higham
composting in general John Higham
worm composting and building worm bins John Higham
forest gardening John Higham
easy/self-sowing veg and salads John Higham
Arduino Weekends
RGB LED shield Matt Little
Crypto Party James Hayward / Marcus?
Useless Machine Martin Raynesford's ideas Martin Raynesford
Git Basics James Hayward, Mouse, Marcus?
Kite Photography Dominic Morrow
Getting the most from your Camera Jake Howe? David Hayward?
Joule Thief Matt Little
CAD Inkscape/Draftsight James Hayward? David Hayward?
Model Rocketry James Fowkes
Beam Robots/Solarbotics Matt Little / James Hayward
PCB making workshop Matt Little
Solar power weekend Matt Little

Talks/Lectures

Title Subject Convenor/Speaker Cost Potential Date
Talks Short interesting talks James Hayward
Jet Engines Dominic Morrow
Stirling Engines Michael M

Past events

These were awesome. You missed out.

Date Day Workshop Who? Cost Confirmed? Number of Attendees
9th October 2013 Monday 7-10pm Laser-cut Marquetry Michelle Strickland £10 Y 4
5th Jan Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
17th Jan Thursday Screen Printing Basics Skill Share Matt Little £5 (max 10 people)
2nd Feb Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
7th Feb Thursday Lights a go-go

Fun with El wire, LEDs and Lasers all to head out on Nottinghams light night

http://www.mynottingham.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20308

Matt Little Freee! Y
8th Feb Friday Light Night in Nottingham Centre
21st Feb Thursday 7-9pm Make a rubber stamp workshop Matt Little £5 - including all materials to make a rubber stamp from your own image file
23rd Feb Sat Leathermaking workshop Jake Howe
2nd March Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
2nd 3rd March Saturday 10-6pm Sunday 1-5pm Timestreams Hackday http://ai.timestreams.org/ Limited numbers
7th Mar Thursday 7-9pm Surface mount soldering Roger Light £7
9th Mar Sat 11-4pm ARDUINO 101 James Fowkes/Ian Dickinson £10 Y
15th-24th Mar Mon - Sun National Science and Engineering Week
21st Mar Thursday Producing basic PCBs Matt Little £5 - including materials to take home an Arduino circuit board. Y
23rd Mar Saturday Science in the Park at Wollaton Hall
6th April Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
7th April Sunday Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire
10th April POSTPONED to 28th May Design and make a clock (kids workshop!) James Hebron £8 Postponed
11th April POSTPONED to 29th May Design and build a toy car (kids workshop!) James Hebron £15 Postponed
27th 28th April Sat Sun UK MakerFaire
2nd May Thursday 7-10pm Build a Bat Listener Matt Little £20
4th May Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
28th May Tuesday 10-4 (drop in) Design and make a clock (kids workshop!) James Hebron £8 Y
29th May Wednesday 10-4 (drop in) Design and build a toy car (kids workshop!) James Hebron £15 Y
1st June Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
8th June Saturday 11am-4pm Introduction to Arduino: How to use electronics to make your projects better! James Fowkes & Ian Dickinson £10 Y
15th June Saturday Ant build and racing, child friendly workshop Rob Haywood with Kitronik £10 Y
4th July Thursday Instructables Build Night - Sugru Jake Howe Free
6th July Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
27th July Sat Build a solar power system

Get off grid and survive the apocalypse.

Matt Little £60 including 10Wp solar panel and all parts for a 12V off grid system
3rd August Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
7th September Saturday 1-5pm Lockpicking Warren Rockley £5 Y
28th Sept Saturday 11am-4pm Introduction to Arduino: How to use electronics to make your projects better! James Fowkes & Ian Dickinson £10 Y