This is no April Fool’s joke!

IMG_6480We have building 141 as of April 1, and will be ready to start moving in this weekend. We will be meeting at building 141 this Friday at 5 pm to start planning. In addition, I have an agreement from my former employer to put some equipment on loan indefinitely, which could end up as a donation. This includes a milling machine, lathe, welding equipment and much more. He is coming to Mojave next week to make a plan for that equipment so some time next week we can start setting that up.

For anyone who is interested in getting involved with MM who is not already on our email list, here is a map of the airport showing the location of building 141.

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Building 141 Available

IMG_6480We have found another building available on the airport that better suits our needs. It is Building 141, and it would be much cheaper and is already in usable condition. One of our prospective members is working on the lease, and we might be able to move in within a week or two. We will be having a meeting there tomorrow at 11:30. If you are interested in joining then you are welcome to join us, or you can download the membership agreement from this site.

There is an office and restroom, as well as a fenced in area outside. The airport is still doing some work on it but it will be complete by the time we are ready to move in.

Meeting at Building 35 Tomorrow at 5:30 pm

Sorry for the late notice for anyone not already on our mailing list. We will be having a meeting at Building 35 tomorrow at 5:30 to look at the building and discuss plans for renovation. Anyone interested in joining is welcome. I have the keys so we can look inside and see what needs to be done. I will also try to get a ladder to reach the roof.

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Building 35

I have verified that Building 35 on the Spaceport is available. It will take a lot of work to get it usable but with enough volunteers we could get it done. If anyone is interested in joining the Mojave Makers and had experience with any building trades or wants to learn, we can use your help. Here are some pictures so you have an idea of what we are dealing with.

The inside is mostly gutted, but but has all necessary utility hookups including sewage and gas. We are planning to have a meeting to look at the building and discuss plans going forward. Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome, and details will be posted soon.

Mojave Makers Revival!

As you might have noticed, MM has been on ice for a while. Our location on the high school campus made it difficult to bring in new members, and the old members moved on to greater things. Everyone except for me. I’m still here, and there is a renewed interest in reviving the Mojave Makers. Right now it looks like we have about 12 people who are seriously interested in joining, with a few more who have expressed interest. We would probably need at least 20 members to get started and closer to 30 members for long term sustainability. Maintaining a makerspace is not cheap, even with volunteers. Building 35 will need a lot of work to be in usable condition, but it would be affordable once it is renovated. I have a degree in Civil Engineering and many years of facilities maintenance experience, so I have the expertise to plan and supervise this kind of work. With 20 members working just a few hours per week on this, we can have a great makerspace in just a few months. A usable location off of the spaceport would be far out of our budget. I will post more details soon.

Our equipment is in storage and I have just confirmed that Building 35 on the spaceport is available for us if we can get enough members and a workable plan. Andrew Gerst at TSC and a few others are also working on getting MM going again. If you are interested in joining, please contact me so I can get an idea of the level of interest. We will try to set up a meeting soon to discuss ideas and start work on a plan to make this happen.

Mojave Makers Desert Garden Planted and Sprouting

Last weekend, we planted our first garden using a Fall Cover Crop of Hairy Vetch, Crimson Clover, Austrian Winter Pea and Rye Grain.  The first sprouts started to come up today!  Special thanks to the Mojave Junior and Senior High School for letting us use their land.

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The results of our labor.   The garden was made by breaking the soil with a pickaxe, tilling in manure and sawdust, inoculating the soil and then planting the seeds.  Now it’s time to water it daily to help it grow.

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You can see the pale green of the cotyledons as the sprouts emerge.