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Posts by Maggie Cease

Al McWaters - staff

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I design and build custom furniture meticulously crafted from both renewable exotic and native hardwoods. Each of my commissions is designed to fulfill the unique needs and requirements of my current client and then crafted with an uncompromising attention to detail … Continue reading

Ben VanHouweling - staff

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Born with a fascination for the way things are made and work long before he could read, Ben started taking apart and putting back together household items. When he learned to read it was primarily so he could read about … Continue reading

Casey Dixon - staff

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Casey Dixon was born and raised in Michigan. He went to Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He considers himself, a maker, artist, teacher and overall creative guy.  Currently working for Maker Works and himself. … Continue reading

Je’Tone Cherene Alexander - staff

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I was born in Los Angeles, California and spent the majority of my childhood in Toledo, Ohio. My fascination and passion for making developed early thanks to my grandma. I spent many weekends as her craft show sidekick, helping her … Continue reading

Beth Johnson Origami - post

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It all started with an owl. Well, a niece who loved owls. And for this niece’s birthday, Beth Johnson thought she would try and fold one out of paper. That was the first time she ever used a crease pattern, … Continue reading

Where Woodworking Meets Fiber Arts - post

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Al McWaters worked with the salvaged crabapple and walnut wood, and Aviva Kleinbaum sheared, dyed, and felted the wool. What they created is a one-of-a-kind bench that will astound you.    

Josh Williams - staff

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Prior to working at Maker Works Josh Williams co-founded All Hands Active (AHA), a non-profit community run hackerspace in Ann Arbor, MI. Through AHA he helped establish after school and library programs geared towards connecting youth with tools, electronics, and … Continue reading

Amazing Halloween Creations - post

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  Many Maker Works members created totally original costumes in the shop, which were inspired by characters from like Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and The Addams Family. With a little elbow grease and creativity, these makers took Halloween to a … Continue reading

First Annual “Nightmare Before Christmas” Costume Potluck Extravaganza - post

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Saturday, December 6 | 6-11p; Kids welcome til 9pMaker Works members, staff, and their families are invited to the first-ever Nightmare Before Christmas Costume Potluck Extravaganza. Don a costume and enjoy games, music, food, and laser fun. There will be prizes … Continue reading

Holiday Hours - post

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Reminder: Costume Potluck Extravaganza this Saturday! - post

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We hope to see you at this party for Maker Works members, families, and staff!   You’re invited! Saturday, December 6 | 6-11pm; Kids Welcome until 9 at Maker Works Maker Works members, staff, and their families are invited to … Continue reading

Laser Cutting Fabric for Fabulous Designs - post

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You may have known you could use the Epilog laser cutter to make custom stamps, greeting cards, and drinking glasses, but did you know you can use it for cutting intricate designs into fabric, too? Maker Works staff member Je’Tone … Continue reading

A Visit from the Michigan Library Association - post

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On Thursday, March 26, seventy-five members of the Michigan Library Association visited Maker Works as part of their Spring Institute. The MLA was founded on the belief that free access to information is the cornerstone to a free society, and … Continue reading

Friday, April 17: Fix-It Friday AND Pop-In Event with A2 Art Center - post

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On Friday, April 17th we will be doing something very special indeed. We will be in two different places in the same evening! That’s right, this Friday we will be hosting Fix-It Friday from 4-6pm at our shop, and we … Continue reading

Save the Date! Summer Camps at Maker Works: July 18 – 22, 2016 - post

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We’ve been working hard to put together a group of fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper are going to love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the … Continue reading

Kirstin Hensley - staff

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Disassembling Dad’s motorcycle (partially) as a toddler hinted at my interest in understanding how things work. When I found Maker Works, I felt like I’d just unwrapped an awesome gift of new things to learn and test. I’m working my … Continue reading

Albert Foo - staff

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I have been part of the Maker Works community since 2012 when I attended Skyline High School here in Ann Arbor. I am currently a student at the University of Michigan’s Art and Design school studying Industrial Design and Urban … Continue reading