Who knew felt faux taxidermy was so popular?

The second Drinking with Scissors proved to be very popular with fans of both crafts and beer, selling out in the first 15 minutes! So many enthusiastic makers showed up, the Social House ran out of chairs and people sat on the stage floor to get their craft on.

November’s projects were inspired by a cozy winter cabin in the woods, the quintessential Yukon experience. Participants chose from kits to make mini bear rug coasters or little wall-mounted felt deer and foxes.

The next Christmas edition of Drinking with Scissors is happening December 13th from 8pm to 11pm at the Social House (102 Wood Street). Be sure to show up early while kits and seats last!  Unfortunately the December Drinking with Scissors has been cancelled, but we have lots of fun things planned for January and February, so keep your eye on our events calendar.

Halloween craft fun at Drinking with Scissors

What could be better than crafts and craft beer?

The first Drinking with Scissors event took place on October 25 at the Social House. With Halloween right around the corner, spooky craft kits were available for participants to assemble while enjoying drinks with friends.

There were kits for making cute mini pinatas (complete with candy and treats!) and kits to design a mini felt monster. Both were a big hit!

If you missed this month’s edition, fear not, Drinking with Scissors will be continuing as a monthly event.

Results of the 2017 Instructables Makerspace Contest

The official results of the 2017 Instructables Makerspace Contest were announced this week.

The website hosting the contest, Instructables.com, is a place where makers can document their projects and share instructions on how to make everything from simple recipes to complicated technology. The goal of the makerspace contest was to document as many projects as possible with step-by-step instructions (instructables).

This year 74 makerspace teams from around the world competed for over $50,000 in prizes, including a laser cutter, 3D printers and CNC machines.

YuKonstruct’s team finished in 14th place!

After last year’s first place finish, our members took it a bit easier this summer but still achieved a very respectable placement amid the large pool of competitors. YuKonstruct’s team published a total of 26 instructables, 22 of which were featured. Featured instructables are selected by the website’s editors and recognize well-documented projects of a high quality.

For publishing over 15 featured instructables, the makerspace has won a prize pack including a Dremel 2000-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch.

Projects by YuKonstruct’s Team

YuKonstruct’s projects ranged from easy camping hacks to custom made furniture, from a giant fictional bird to a laser-engraved stone platter. Check out the full collection at https://www.instructables.com/id/2017-Makerspace-Contest-Entries/

YuKonstruct at YukomiCon 2017

Geeks, gamers and pop culture fans of all stripes filled the convention centre last weekend for the third YukomiCon. We were on hand with a special edition of our regular Repair Cafe: YuKonstruct’s Cosplay Repair Station

Celebrity guest PJ Phil getting “Phresh” with the sewing dummy

Located right across from the costume contest stage, our booth’s volunteers spent the weekend helping to solve last minute costume catastrophes and spreading the word about the tools and training available at the makerspace.

Between patching storm trooper armour, rewiring Doctor Strange’s magical accessories, sewing Rocket Raccoon’s ears, and many other fixes, the tools at our booth were busy on Friday and Saturday!

It was great to meet so many makers and introduce them to how the makerspace can make their geeky dreams come true. Whether it’s 3D printing miniatures, laser cutting LARP gear, building the ultimate gaming table or designing your own battle bot, YuKonstruct has the tools and training you need!

Thank you to our amazing booth volunteers, Tayley, Julie, Amy, Ksenia, Allison, and Andrew, to Ksenia and Dianna for making the booth decorations, and to Rowan, Chris and Josh for helping with set up and tear down!

Adult costume contest winners

Instructables Makerspace Contest 2017

Instructables.com is a website that lets you easily share your diy projects with the world. It is a great place to learn how to do almost anything, from building a telescope to curing hiccups.

As part of the maker movement, Instructables has always been a big supporter of makerspaces and YuKonstruct has benefited greatly from their generosity in the past: from donating materials for build nights to offering excellent online learning opportunities for our members.

Last year YuKonstruct won the Instructables Makerspace Contest and brought home $30,000 in new equipment for the makerspace, including a new Epilog laser cutter.

The contest is back again for 2017 and offering more amazing prizes and fun. The goal is simple: put together a team and document as many great projects as you can over the summer. This year more than before, the focus is on writing great step-by-step instructions, with some amazing prizes being offered for the best individual projects.

One of the best parts of participating in the contest is seeing what your fellow makerspace members are working on. The 262 projects made by YuKonstrut’s team last year included incredible lasercut creations, traditional woodworking, digital designs, clever life hacks and delicious recipes.

We’ll be meeting up twice this summer to cheer on team members and help each other complete and document our projects at two mini hackathons:

If you’d like to join YuKonstruct’s team or find out more, email team captain Allison at allison@yukonstruct.com

Electronic Crafts on Canada Day

YuKonstruct took part in the City of Whitehorse’s Canada Day celebrations at Shipyards Park this year, with a fun all-ages workshop on electronic crafts. We brought some of our favourite LED craft kits to the event: electronic operation game, mini flashlights and LED flowers, as well as the always-popular squishy circuits (play dough and LEDs).

Samples of the LED crafts

Amid the fun festival atmosphere at the park, participants in the Kids Zone learned some basic electric circuits and assembled their crafts with assistance from YuKonstruct members.

Squishy Circuits using conductive play dough

Van Slam 2017!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Third Annual Van Slam!

This year’s event was our biggest yet and included live music by Ukes of Hazard, a Yukon Brewing beer garden and freshly-roasted Firebean Coffee.

As part of the Ford Drive 4 UR Community program, Whitehorse Motors made a donation to the YuKonstruct Makerspace Society for every Ford test drive at the event. With your help we were able to raise $1,800!

Janna found her “dream home” camper for free!

New Makerspace Equipment!

We’ve got some exciting new additions at the makerspace thanks in part to funding from CanNor!

In the wood shop there’s two new King Industrial sanders:an oscillating spindle sander and a belt and disc sander.

The sewing room also features two brand new machines: a Janome serger and a Singer industrial sewing machine. A serger, also known as an overlock machine, is a tool that allows you to quickly finish edges on your sewing projects and the second industrial sewing machine promises to be easier to maintain and use than our existing vintage machine.

In the digital fabrication room, between the laser cutters, you’ll find the newly installed Pocket NC 5-axis CNC mill. This machine is part of YuKonstruct’s Instructables Makerspace Contest winnings.

5-axis CNC Mill
5-axis CNC Mill

Finally, the hackerspace now has an EinScan-S desktop 3D scanner, so you can easily make 3D digital models of real objects!

3D Scanner
3D Scanner

See the makerspace’s full list of tools on the Equipment page.

While not exactly equipment, you’ll likely notice that seating in the computer lab is much more comfortable these days with the bonus addition of new-to-us office chairs for all the computer stations.

Making a Van Slam Poster

Illustrator Eric Button was born in Whitehorse but is currently based in Vancouver. His artwork often features nature, Canadian culture and his cynical sense of humour. He’s recently taken on the project of designing and drawing the poster for YuKonstruct’s 2017 edition of Van Slam.

Van Slam is a showcase of the many unique DIY camping vehicle conversions in the Yukon. The “expo for vagabonds” has featured everything from converted ambulances to monster off-road campers. (See the blog posts about the 2015 & 2016 events) This year’s event will be happening in May and YuKonstruct is currently looking for volunteers and vehicle owners to show off their creations (check the forum for details).

Eric will be working on the poster during his live art broadcasts on pocketLIVE.tv. His broadcasts are an interactive art experiment. It is a collaborate effort between the artist and the internet.

Last week he started work on the Van Slam poster; first coming up with a general concept and overall composition, thumbnailing out ideas, and taking audience feedback.

You can tune in this week while he’s working on an initial rough drawing to work out the finer points of the design. YuKonstruct members can sign in to the chat to offer suggestions on the ultimate Yukon camper van and watch them be incorporated into the design. He’ll be broadcasting at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and earlier during the afternoon on Friday.

The next step in the process will be a larger drawing done in pen and ink. Finally the image will be coloured in Photoshop.

Watch the live broadcasts Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Friday afternoons:
Eric Button’s Pocketlive Channel

Hoser Drawings with Eric Button

Building Lanterns for Winterval

YuKonstruct was pleased to participate in Unlikely Events Yukon‘s Winterval parade again this year.

The theme for this year’s event was “Festival of Lights”. Our makerspace volunteers designed and built 3 large lanterns complete with jack frost and his friends.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped cut lumber, paint the pieces, attach the screens, model for the winter fairies, assemble the lanterns and pull the carts through the snowy streets!

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