Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our makerspace.
Torey Hampson is our new Makerspace Assistant. We’re excited to add her enthusiasm and engagement to our team!

Torey, how did you get involved with YuKonstruct/cospace?

I lived in several different provinces before moving to the Yukon Territory, and worked with various D.I.Y. bicycle. When I first signed up to volunteer with YuKonstruct I was looking for work within a skill-sharing system and hoped to assist others in pursuing new learnings. I ended up applying for the Operations Assistant position, and am now just beginning my work with YuKonstruct and cospace!

Why should people become YuKonstruct members?

To discover all the new skills you can learn, or sharpen what you already know. It’s a chance to meet active doers and potentially collaborate. It gives you the space, physical and otherwise, to try new things and attempt new projects. You also have the opportunity to both support and be supported by other makers.

What do you like to make?

Frittatas and bicycles. Both don’t always come out the way I imagine. It’s all a process, and I look forward to broadening my “maker” abilities.

What do you want to build at YuKonstruct?

Community! The continued development of a strong sense of community for all our members. I hope to play a role in ensuring YuKonstruct and (co)space are welcoming, fun, and engaging places to be. I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn and connect through workshops, volunteering, and utilizing the spaces.

What inspires you to make things?

The challenge of discomfort. My craftsmanship skills are still limited, and every opportunity to make things is a chance to challenge my discomfort of the unknown. It can be hard to do something you’re not good at, but it can also bring a lot of personal growth. Learning can be messy, and also a lot of fun!

What are you working on now?

I would like to build some simple wooden furniture, maybe stools and side tables. Perhaps I can even do some decorating of table tops with the wood cutter… I’ll find out in my Wood Cutter 101 Workshop next week!