Author Archives: Maggie Cease

A Maker’s Guide to the Holiday Season

Handmade gifts can be the best gifts. But if you’re anything like us, sometimes the stress of the holidays can be magnified by scrambling to finish handmade gifts at the last minute. That’s why we’ve created this guide with tried-and-true … Continue reading

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The Shiny Seed at Grand Rapids ArtPrize

If you’ve been at Maker Works during the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed anything from large, aluminum-wrapped branches, to shiny stainless steel leaves, to glass and copper “fruit” glowing bright with colorful LED lights scattered throughout the shop. These are … Continue reading

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Member Project: Steve’s Incredible Mechanical Calendar

Maker Works member Steve wanted to make a wooden clock. But when he came across drawings online for a “perpetual calendar”–a mechanical calendar that would know the end of each month and advance itself forward, while also tracking the day … Continue reading

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See a Felt Plush Monster Come to Life Right Before Your Eyes

Will we see you at our Felt Plush Monster kids’ workshop on July 21? You’ll get to use laser-cut felt parts, hand stitching, and machine sewing to create your own terrific tiny creature. At the end of this workshop, you’ll … Continue reading

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Ann Arbor Health Hacks – June 24-26

Ann Arbor Health Hacks ( is a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor that is geared towards building the community and bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to develop new ideas in healthcare innovation through healthcare hackathons. The topic for this year’s … Continue reading

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Member Meetings are now Quarterly! The next one is July 21st at 7pm

Join us for our Quarterly Member Meeting, led by Maker Works co-founders Tom Root and Dale Grover. In it, they’ll cover: – Maker Works Business Scoreboard and Profit & Loss – Membership Options – Announcements & Upcoming Changes If you … Continue reading

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Join us for Summer Camps at Maker Works! July 18 – 22, 2016

Check out our fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper will love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the morning or afternoon. And, you can mix and match as many … Continue reading

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Join us at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 4

We’re gearing up for the 8th Annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire Held at the Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Branch Saturday, June 4 | 10a – 4p Maker Works is ecstatic to be an exhibitor at this year’s … Continue reading

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NEW VCarve Classes Coming Up!

Do you have some experience with VCarve, the official ShopBot Tools Inc. software used with the ShopBot CNC Router and other milling machines, and want to learn more? Check out these exciting new VCarve 8.0 classes held in the shop! … Continue reading

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Make-N-Take Your Own Cutting Board!

We’re excited to be offering two “make-n-take” style classes where you’ll get to improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction, and walk away with beautiful cutting boards. The classes are taught by long-time Maker Works member and woodworker extraordinaire, Chris Riecker. … Continue reading

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