New Member Orientation

NEW (and old) MEMBER ORIENTATION!

We are now hosting informative & mandatory New Member Orientations. If you have not yet been to one and would like to join, please email us at [email protected] and mark your calendars for Tuesday Feb 13th @ 5pm-6pm.

Laser Cutting Workshop for Beginners

Get started using the laser cutter! This two-hour-and-a-half-long session covers the basics of how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter including safety, ventilation, raster and vector design, print settings, and cutting and etching different materials. Following by hands-on experience: you will cut out your own project!

Also considered orientation and safety training for the Epilog Fusion laser cutter for YuKonstruct members.

All materials provided

About the instructor: Thomas is always working on a project. When he’s not busy making telescopes, you can find him building all kinds of things such as an electric guitar, a cloud chamber or even a wooden clock. He learned most of his skills thanks to the internet and he’s more than happy to share what he knows with other makers

Maximum 5 participants

Annual General Meeting

YuKonstruct Makerspace Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 5th 2018, at 6:00 pm.

The AGM will be held at (co)space from 6pm to 9pm, including a social after the business portion of the meeting.

Do you want to visit the new facility? Join us for a tour before the AGM between 5-6pm, at 2180 2nd Ave!

Call for nominations
YuKonstruct Makerspace Society operates YuKonstruct makerspace and (co)space. Collectively, they represent some of the most dynamic and exciting organizations in Whitehorse. This summer we’re moving into and operating Yukon’s new innovation hub at 2180 2nd Ave. A brand new, state of the art, multi-tenant facility with on-site resources designed to support our community of creatives, technologists, and entrepreneurs to be the trailblazers of the north’s future.

If you are someone who is passionate about our organization and is interested in strategic thinking, organizational development, and implementation: consider joining the Board!

Please send a short bio (200 words max) and reasons for interest in being on the Board to Graeme at [email protected]

Feel free to invite others who are interested in learning more about YuKonstruct Makerspace Society!

Monster Love: the ultimate valentine’s date night

Yukonstruct and SMRT POP UPS are partnering to bring you a night of Monster Love.
Make a date with your BFF, brother from another mother, or sweetie for a special evening of crafty fun, drink specials, and loot bags!
Choose between two awesome monster-themed crafts:
– a stuffie for your fave friend, special someone, or cuddly canine
– an electronic Monster Love game
Tickets are $10 and include all your crafty supplies. Get them ahead of time at Baked Cafe or at the door.
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Make it Wild – Bird boxes!

YuKonstruct and Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust‘s November Make it Wild Workshop was about making bird boxes for Yukon’s small cavity nesting birds–swallows, bluebirds and chickadees. The participants learned about local bird populations, tips to avoid squirrels, and how to pick a good spot to mount a bird box. Most of our participants were new to both YuKonstruct and the birding community – thanks for coming out!

This workshop was very popular and was sold out almost immediately. Because there was so much interest, we are providing Marty’s bird box plans here so that you can come into YuKonstruct and make one yourself!

Thanks to our biologist presenters and instructors for this excellent workshop: Katie Aitken and Marty Mossop!

Instructions:

  • Find a hollow log or one that’s rotten in the middle.
  • Cut about a 1 foot section. One end should be angled a bit, so that the roof will shed water.
  • Hollow out the entire log. A hammer and chisel (or even a big screwdriver) works well. An auger drill bit is best if the wood is hard. The diameter of the inside should be at least 10cm (4”) for chickadees, 13cm (5”) for swallows and bluebirds.
  • Drill the entrance hole with a hole saw. It should be about an inch below the top of the log. The diameter of the hole needs to match the size of bird (big enough for the bird to get in/out but not big enough for predators to gain access).  Range is 1-3/8” for chickadees, 1-3/8” to 1-1/2” for swallows, and 1-1/2” to 1-9/16” for bluebirds.
  • Nail/screw on a plywood top and bottom, to cover the open ends of the log. Screws allow the roof to be easily removed for cleaning etc. (although cleaning isn’t necessary).
  • Fill the bottom of the box with an inch or two of woodchips/sawdust.  The birds will bring in any other nest material that they need.  There should be several inches between the entrance hole and the top of the sawdust.
  • If desired, put wire mesh (1/2″ hardware cloth) or metal plating around the entrance hole to stop squirrels from making it bigger
  • Nail/screw a piece of lumber, a bit longer than the log, to the back for attaching to a tree, post, wall, etc.
  • It’s best to mount the box on a metal pole so that predators such as cats/squirrels/chipmunks/mice can’t get to it.  Another option would be the side of a building that has smooth siding that a predator can’t climb.  Avoid larger trees and fence posts as those are easy for predators to climb.
  • If you have outdoor cats, please consider not putting out a box (or a bird feeder).
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Home sweet home: Mountain chickadee nestlings in a bird box!

More resources!

Nest box plans (also have information on avoiding predators, box placement, etc.):

Nest box monitoring/reporting:

Looking back at the journey

If you’re a frequent visitor to http://yukonstruct.com/ you are undoubtedly familiar with the slideshow that has graced our homepage since September 2014.

Now that this tribute to the early days of YuKonstruct is over two years out of date, we’ve decided to retire it from its place of honour. The makerspace has changed a lot since that Animoto video was created and the photos no longer reflect the vibrant community workspace that we have become.

Take a look back with us at the beginnings of the YuKonstruct we love today. (If you’re having trouble loading the video below, try viewing it on Animoto)

 

Thank you so much Andrew for making the video that has served us so well over the last 2 years!

Meet the Makers: Jaret

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our makerspace. Jaret Slipp is YuKonstruct and (co)space’s new Executive Director and Financial Sustainability Manager. Please come out and meet Jaret at the BBQ we are hosting on August 24 at YuKonstruct’s makerspace.

  • How and why did you get involved with YuKonstruct?
    Jaret: I joined through (co)space right at the beginning of the co-working space. I have always wanted to join the maker space, but hadn’t made the move, but when (co)space was in the works, it was just what I needed: a place to work and feel a part of a community of movers and shakers. I tried it out for a month and really liked the casual yet professional and inspiring feel of the place. The more I connected and got involved with site moderation and learning more about YuKonstruct, the more I wanted to keep being a part of this energy.

  • What do you like most about YuKonstruct being up and running?
    Jaret: I like that the organization is a conduit to draw Yukon talent out of the woodwork and to connect us into a self-fulfilling community. The Yukon is a small community, but we have a high density of talented individuals combined with a culture of creativity and and a “can-do” attitude. I think YuKonstruct is a perfect platform to just give that extra little support and advantage to people with ideas to take things to the next level, what ever that may be. If we are all taking something to the next level, that is good for the Yukon community, economy, and all of our well-being.

  • What do you think will be YuKonstruct’s biggest challenge?
    Jaret: A topic that is at the core of my new role at YuKonstruct is the need to transition from start-up capital to sustainable revenue streams. We will need to find a balance of self-generated income, private sponsorship, and government and project grants. Balance and sustainability, while staying true to our core mission and purpose will be a key challenge in the near future.

    Also, peripheral to this, but relevant to increasing sustainability, is going to be the challenge of growing awareness and understanding of our amazing resources in this community. We will need to evolve and continue to offer relevant programming to makers and entrepreneurs of all types, while communicating success stories and showcasing the value and impact of Yukonstruct and (co)space as social and economic assets. This is going to take collective action by the entire YuKonstruct community.

  • What advice do you have for other makers or entrepreneurs in the Yukon?
    Take your idea and make a prototype, just do it, and show it, don’t be shy, share it get feedback and reiterate. This includes business ideas: get out of the idea stage, get out of letting it stew in your head. Things will move faster and better if you throw it on the table and say “what do you think folks?”

  • What are you working on now?
    Jaret: I am building a lot in a new house we moved into, and my current project is to join two raw-edge slabs of Tagish Lake spruce drift wood I got from rustic north into a L-shaped bar top. I will likely use iron piping for supports – I am going for an industrial piping look with raw bark edges on the wood counter top. Hope it turns out well, it will be a central part of our kitchen.

Cool Tools – YWITT After School Skilled Trades Courses

On March 2nd, YWITT (Yukon Women in Trades and Technology) will be facilitating an after school, skilled trades courses at YuKonstruct. The session will run on Wednesday after school and will explore either Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Tiling, or Fabrication Technology.

WHO:                    High school girls from grade 8-12. (Participation is limited to  10-12 students).
DATES:                 Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016.

TIME:                    4-6 pm.
LOCATION:      YuKonstruct, 135 Industrial Road, accessible by city buses and right next door to YWITT!

Cool Tools – YWITT After School Skilled Trades Courses

YWITT (Yukon Women in Trades and Technology) will be facilitating after school, skilled trades courses at YuKonstruct. Sessions will run on Wednesday after school and will explore Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Tiling, and Fabrication Technology.

This program is open to high school girls from grade 8-12. (Participation is limited to 10-12 students).

To enquire about the winter term and/or to be put on the waitlist, please email: [email protected] or [email protected] 

For our YuKonstruct members, please be aware of the shop being used for this program.

Cool Tools – YWITT After School Skilled Trades Courses

YWITT (Yukon Women in Trades and Technology) will be facilitating after school, skilled trades courses at YuKonstruct. Sessions will run on Wednesday after school and will explore Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Tiling, and Fabrication Technology.

This program is for high school girls from grade 8-12. (Participation is limited to 10-12 students).

To enquire about the winter term and/or to be put on the waitlist, please email: [email protected] or [email protected] 

For our YuKonstruct members, please be aware of the shop being used for this program.