What makes a maker? In our experience, a maker is someone who's always building-as-experiment and isn't limited by distinctions between trades. Part architect, contractor, carpenter, artist, seamster; their baseline is an unbridled excitement to learn and an interest in an infinite variety of project types.
the Maker at work
Julien fits this description well. He went to architecture school, is now working as a contractor building big projects in the city, all while still managing to maintain a desk at the prestigious Liberty Labs Foundation. Earlier this year, we had the chance to tour the foundation with Julien playing host, all spurred by his purchase of the FLUSHTEK System Pack for his parents' house in New Jersey.
The Space: Shared Tools and Shared Purpose
A bit of history about the place, it's a non-profit started in 2015, with the goal of supporting small creative-based businesses. It offers shared shop and studio space to combat the poor infrastructure and extreme expense typically associated with workshop space in NYC. As you might have guessed, the work here is of a very high caliber.
The tool list is extensive: two table saws, two bandsaws, panel saw, CNC, wood lathe, ample space for glue-ups and fab, plus a fully equipped metal shop. Probably the coolest amenity is a bit unexpected: a wood-burning fireplace. It's importance is apt, because really the most exciting thing about Liberty Labs is the community. As we walked around, everyone was checking-in, chatting, offering to help - it was like a utopic shop dream!
The Liberty Labs Fireplace
FLUSHTEK Hot Tip: Carpet Tape
The tour culminated with an in-person demo of the FLUSHTEK system and an incredible tip for us and all FT users! Carpet Tape! Julien uses it to affix all of his temporary jigs or templates, and it solved our problem of clamp-clearance for his oversized router base. Can't say we're surprised learning something from a visit like this!
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