Yukonstruct member and instructor, Cole Parsons is currently a third-year carpenter working for a small company in Whitehorse. He graduated from a 2-year carpentry program in Nova Scotia in 2017. Carpentry is his passion and he spends the majority of his time in the shop when not at work. His goal is to make every single piece of furniture in his home, except his couch. Cole loves teaching people new skills and opening their hearts up to the love of woodworking. Cole will be leading the Woodworking Maker Academy this Spring.
Cate Robertson is new to the Makespace community, but she has already left her mark. From tackling brand new skills to instructing workshops, she is a prime example of what this community is all about.
Meet the makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Adam White is our new Events and Social Media Coordinator.
Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Lisa Preto is our new Community Outreach Manager.
Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Cat Kelly is our new Director of Entrepreneurship Programming.
Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Ashely is our new Operations Assistant.
Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Josephine is our new Events Coordinator.
Erin Holm is one of our lovely Makespace members who encompasses so much what Yukonstruct aims to support. A maker and an entrepreneur, she makes beautiful art and home décor pieces for her business, Den Designs, in our Makespace.
Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Jeramy is our new Operations Assistant.
How did you get involved with Yukonstruct?
I really wanted to make a titanium ring and found out that there was a metal lathe on site. Logan gave me a crash course on the metal lathe and a week later I was turning my first titanium ring, which I still own and wear.
What is your role at Yukonstruct?
As an operations assistant I work at the front desk greeting people, giving tours of the facilities, signing up new members and helping existing members. I will also be helping keep things clean and running smoothly.
Why should people become MakeSpace or CoSpace members?
I have met many amazing people here, was able to collaborate on projects, get feedback on things I was making and advice when I started my business. It is also a great place to test the waters, try things out that you’re not sure or confident about, and use as a launch pad to the next step.
What inspires you to make things?
Honestly, sometimes making things is my greatest inspiration. I will get into my workshop, or the Makespace, and start a project – half way through I will have an idea sparked by the process or material I am using and either write it down for later or start on it right away.
What has been your favourite project so far?
A steak knife that I forged out of titanium with the induction forge and anodized blue and purple in the Hackerspace. The knife I made is terrible but it taught me so much about the forging process, titanium itself, and anodizing.
What do you like about this organization?
The community of makers and entrepreneurs it has built and is building! The stories, the mentorship, the amazing ideas that come from these people and are helping shape Whitehorse and the Yukon territories future.
Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Claire is our new Events and Office Coordinator.
How did you get involved with Yukonstruct?
I am happy to join the Yukonstruct team as the Events and Office Coordinator. I look forward to contributing to this vibrant environment and to supporting our dynamic, hardworking community.
Why should people become Yukonstruct members?
This is a unique space that is friendly to both beginner and more advanced creators. If you are new to dabbling in the realm of the creative, Yukonstruct is an amazing place to bump shoulders with Makers who will spark and support your creativity. For the more advanced, Yukonstruct not only provides the equipment you need to build, but also a platform to share your skills and expertise.
What do you like to make?
I like to make food, bread, and friends! It’s good that these three things tend to go quite well together. I would love to spend some time in the woodshop now that I have access. I’m dying for some beautiful planters for an herb garden.
What advice do you have for other makers in the Yukon?
Don’t be afraid to try something new and be open to learning. There is always someone with something to teach if you let them.
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while making something?
I have made my fair share of Kombucha geysers; a smelly mistake. I have also failed embarrassingly when I attempted to build a pallet-bed – I still can’t believe I was defeated by a Pinterest-inspired dream. The point is, it’s important to remember that a project rarely turns out the way you intend, and that’s okay.