Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Ulrich is our new Operations Assistant. 

Ulrich, what’s your role at Yukonstruct?
I just joined the YuKonstruct Makerspace Society again this October as one of their Operations Assistants. I’m excited to support members in developing their ideas here as well as doing my part to make sure everybody can use the facilities and tackle their projects as hoped.

How did you get involved with YuKonstruct?
I had an interest in YuKonstruct since they started. I didn’t officially join until they needed new woodshop instructors at some point, which I was interested in becoming. Along with giving monthly woodshop instructions from May 2017 to May 2018 I worked on lots of projects and learned new skills from courses and members. My main motivation to join YuKonstruct was to expand my skill set. It was the best place near and far to do that thanks to the amazing community with so many talented people!

What do you like most about NorthLight Innovation being up and running?
NorthLight Innovation is a place with so many great resources, workspaces, members and staff. I like how easily people can join and get started on realizing their ideas without having to put a lot of money and effort into infrastructure. I appreciate how the sharing of resources enables us to use tools and workspaces we could hardly access independently.

What do you like to make?
I keep coming up with new ideas. I am trained in boat building which is a versatile trade to start off with. Building things is my greatest joy and I come up with new ideas all the time. Most of them are of functional manner because most things you can buy at a store don’t quite fit individual situations or needs. The skills I was able to add to my repertoire at YuKonstruct expanded my ability to build increasingly more complex things. The best project I built at YuKonstruct to date was a welded barbecue setup for a campfire that hangs from a tripod and is height adjustable and able to cook food for up to 10 people at a time. Welding is a trade I learned exclusively at YuKonstruct.

Why should people become MakeSpace or CoSpace members?
Have an idea and need the right tools or a reliable office space? This is the place to experiment and start out, along with so many creative people who can support you along the way. We’ll make sure we hear your ideas and lead you into the right direction in our space. I’ll enjoy to support you in getting set up so you are ready to tackle your project or business idea in no time.