A short tour of Durham Makerspace/Hackerspace

I dropped in on the new collaborative space in the basement of the Snow Building yesterday, and got an introduction to the space and the concept from founders Alan and Ashley. They are very recently moved here to Durham from Rochester, NY, where they were involved in the hackerspace Interlock. There were a couple of other folks hanging out, making stuff…one working on a technology project that I’d attempt to explain, but I’m sure I’d botch it. The other was crocheting. So clearly the making of stuff in makerspace is not limited to work done with computers or soldering irons.

When I first heard of hackerspace (yesterday), I had the impression that it would be a coworking space along the lines of Carrboro Coworking: a place for freelancers, independents and others to have an office away from home, take a meeting, work in a building with other humans. But Alan describes the makerspace as more clubhouse than coworking. It’s less business, more imagination. A little bit tech, a little bit art.

The space itself is in the basement of the Snow Building, below the Beyu Cafe. It has the feel of a basement, all big pipes and cheap carpeting. They hope to personalize the space over time with the help of the creative folks of Durham they hope to attract.

If you’re interested in finding out more about makerspace, check out the Triangle Hackers website, or come to their next meeting, this Tuesday at 7pm. They’ll be meeting at Beyu Cafe and heading down to the basement from there.