Home Hardware Woodshop Orientations

The possibilities in our Makespace are unlimited!

Thanks to our partnership with Whitehorse Home Hardware Building Centre, our community has access to the first shared woodshop in the Yukon! The Whitehorse Home Hardware Building Centre Woodshop is a vital space that sees a lot of use, so partners like Home Hardware truly help our programs, projects, and community members get real value from training and equipment, as well as a place to build, learn and share knowledge.

Our monthly Woodshop Orientations set up new members with the basic safety info they need to make the Whitehorse Home Hardware Building Centre Woodshop the place where their ambitions become reality.

Check out our Makespace and book your New Member Orientation to get started.

Meet our Members: Erin Holm of Den Designs

Erin Holm is one of our lovely Makespace members who encompasses so much what Yukonstruct aims to support. A maker and an entrepreneur, she makes beautiful art and home décor pieces for her business, Den Designs, in our Makespace.

Here she shares some of her thoughts and experiences of being a Yukonstruct member, an artist, and an entrepreneur.

Why did you join Yukonstruct?

I was working out of a great shop in Saskatoon before moving up, really enjoying the community and shared space environment. Particularly because Den Designs was my only job before moving to the Yukon, and I lacked an office or work social life. I had heard great things were happening up in the Yukon and could not wait to check out Yukonstruct. I think I toured the space day 2 of being in the Yukon and Lana sold me on it instantly – signed up right then and there! Yukonstruct is an impressive space with lovely, helpful people in a positive and supportive environment.

What has been your favourite project so far?

Wood prints using my own photography is the main focus of my business and my primary income for the business. When I had more space and a backyard, I loved making industrial and wood tables using a mixture of plumbing pipes and reclaimed wood. Working out of Yukonstruct and seeing what others are making, I now know that once I have some more time freed up, I can get back into making these larger items and am really looking forward to it!

What advice do you have for other makers in the Yukon?

I am new to the Yukon so cannot speak directly to this market yet, but, I would say that any maker really needs to be open to learning from others. Mentorship is key! I have been very fortunate in my life to have gone to school with, and connected with, other entrepreneurs along the way. It is great to hear from others’ experience and gleam knowledge where you can. So far, I can tell that the Yukon is a unique place, filled with very talented makers, artists, and entrepreneurs alike. I feel very blessed to be here and cannot wait to meet like-minded folks and explore collaboration and partnership opportunities.

What inspires you to make things?

I started Den Designs in 2017, following the loss of my father Dennis to a rare cancer. He had given me his hand tools and I used them to create these prints and other home decor pieces as a means of coping with the grief during the time I spent caring for him while he was sick. After he passed, I continued to create these prints and other artful pieces using my own photography and designs and selling them to friends and other folks. Within the first year, my art was sold at 10 retail locations, now going into my third year of business, you can find Den Designs in over 25 retail locations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and now the Yukon. We donate 10% of every sale to western Canadian cancer patient lodges, supporting those undergoing cancer treatment in honour and in memory of my later father, Dennis.

What are you working on now?

Den Designs is business as usual, I work most evenings and weekends at Yukonstruct to create prints for my retailers and other customers. And this summer, our first ever storefront is opening at Carcross Commons and we cannot wait to share the space with Yukon Built! We are very busy prepping for a very busy summer ahead! Come on down to our shop this summer, located right beside the Bistro!

 

2017/18 Board Candidates

The YuKonstruct Makerspace Society Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday, June 7 @ 7pm – (co)space 202 Strickland Street.

It’s time to elect a new Board of Directors. We will be voting for general directors, treasurer, secretary, vice-president, and president. So far, the following people have put their names forward:

Barrett W Horne;       Christopher (Chris) Lloyd;      Christopher O’Brien;      Darcy M. Tkachuk;      Glenn Piwowar;      Graeme Tennant;      Greg Storey;      Jenna Marie Bourgeois;      Jennifer Macgillivray;      John Glynn-Morris;       Ksenia Gasper;      Martin Lehner;      Mary Ellen Read;      Paul Christman;      Robert (Bob) Sharp

You can scroll down for a profile of these candidates. If you have an interest in being on the Board (or know someone who is) and are not profiled here – don’t worry! Show up at the AGM and put your name forward.

There will be opportunities to meet fellow makers and entrepreneurs, snacks, and we will also vote on whether to apply for a liquor license.

Thanks and see you at the AGM!
-your 2016/17 Board of Directors


Jennifer Macgillivray

Candidate for President

Employment
I have worked in private, public industries both in all three territories and in southern Canada, during that time I have been a designer, and owner and a contractor. I started my career in Toronto working for Ryerson University designing, building and project managing for them. In Nunavut I worked for the GNU where I managed large and small construction projects all over Baffin Island. I moved to Inuvik and managed large construction projects in the Beaufort Delta Region, while I was in Inuvik at night I taught AutoCAD at Aurora College. I completed freelance design and building work in Toronto and also in Inuvik, NT while I had my day job.  I moved to Whitehorse to work as a general contractor I managed construction for a few years before being promoted to Regional Manager and then Vice President of Operations for Canada and Alaska, I moved on to work for Stantec, then back to public industry at YG. I am usually the Director of Infrastructure for Community Services but currently I am on a one-year temporary assignment as the Executive Director of Major Construction for Highways and Public Works.

Education:
My undergrad is in interior design and I have 3 post-grads – Facility Management, Project Management and a Masters in Business Administration. I have also taken various additional training program for example Human System Dynamics which is about adaptive change management and innovation. I also continue to take electives at Athabasca University through the MBA program (although I have graduated) I recently received one of the highest marks my professor has awarded for an elective on Innovation.

Volunteer work:
I am the chair of the audit review committee for North Safety Network Yukon – a subcommittee of their board, I am also a member of The Northern Advisory Council which creates standards for the Standards Council of Canada for construction in the Canadian arctic. I also foster parent and build and maintain mountain bike trails.

Interest in board work

I would like to chair the Marketing Committee and sit on the (co)space Committee or Finance Committee in that order of preference. I have always been good at thinking in innovative ways and problem solving business solutions that add value. I have been moonlighting working on a few different business ideas, there is always something on the go. I managed a group of volunteers in Ontario when I worked for the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, motivating and working with volunteers is different than any other work force, a main driver is the idea of contributing to part of a bigger picture. Being part of and understanding the sharing economy a little more is important to me, I am creative and practical and believe the board would benefit from my involvement.


Glenn Piwowar

Candidate for Vice-President

As an engineer, I enjoy tinkering – both making and fixing things and I get a real kick out of helping host the monthly Repair Cafe and YuKonstruct. I have been on the Board of YuKonstruct for almost 2 years.  (I was Treasurer of Yukon Art Society for over 15 years, and I am currently Treasurer of Canadian Craft Federation.)

Interest in board work

Even though I not have formal accounting credentials (beyond an MBA degree), because of my experience I believe I can contribute to the Finance Committee if a more qualified candidate is not available.  Also, I feel I can help with the activities of the Marketing Committee (eg fundraising applications).


Christopher O’Brien

Candidate for Treasurer  

I am currently employed with NorthwesTel as a Product Manager where I am primarily responsible for new product development and the management of existing carrier products. My secondary responsibilities include economic studies and development of data analytics software. I have a strong background in technology commercialization as I have worked in this field for 20 years. I also have experience as a management consultant where I developed business and financial plans for organizations, and aided not-for-profits in board governance. I am currently the Treasurer of the Whistle Bend Community Association (term ends this month). I have also volunteered with other organizations: Certified Management Consultants of Canada – Director; East Coast Trail Association – Director; Rotary Club of St. John’s East – Member.

I am a recent member of Yukonstruct and I will be using the facility as I build a backyard shed, as well as some other smaller projects such as planter beds, a picnic table, bird houses, and perhaps some indoor furniture. I look forward to going beyond the wood-shop and possibly contributing to the Hackerspace and the Electronics resource area.

Note that I am selecting Treasurer below however I am willing and interested in contributing in other active capacities.

Interest in board work

Finance Committee (as Treasurer), and 1-2 of of Governance Committee, Marketing Committee, or (co)space Committee.


Graeme Tennant

Candidate for Secretary

I work at the Whitehorse Public Library, various volunteer work here in Whitehorse (YHMA board, Aikido Yukon Board, helped organize Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and Wishmaker Walk)

Interest in board work

(co)space Committee, Marketing Committee


Barrett W Horne

Candidate for Director

What to say? I am recently retired from YG, where I worked as an internal Organizational Development consultant. I have been doing OD work for about 40 years, mostly working with small NGOs in various parts of the world. I have been involved with YuKonstruct since facilitating part of the very first meeting in Waterfront Station. Recently I have served as a contractor to help develop (co)Space programming. My interest in YuKonstruct is rooted in my conviction that the future of a healthy (socially, economically, environmentally) Yukon is very much connected to encouraging, supporting and enabling the creative and entrepreneurial energies of Yukoners from the grassroots up. YuKonstruct seems to me a critical player in bringing that about.

Interest in board work

Areas of interest would include (co)space committee, governance, and marketing, in that order. I would be willing to do whatever was seen to be most helpful.


Christopher (Chris) Lloyd

Candidate for Director

Active YuKonstruct volunteer and CORE member since 2014. Site mod, instructor and actively involved in minor site maintenance. Heavily involved in group builds and YuKonstruct community projects. Education in architectural technology. Experience in planning and project management. Currently stay at home dad and part time bartender.

Interest in board work

Primarily Makerspace Committee, also interested in Finance and Governance


Darcy M. Tkachuk

Candidate for Director

I am barrister and solicitor. From the time I was admitted to the bar in 1993 until 2000, I had a general practice, focused largely on litigation and criminal law.  Then in 2000 I began serving as the General Counsel for Northwestel, where my practice shifted to business and corporate law matters.  As you might imagine, that included a lot of contract law and loss prevention as well.  In 2005 I left Northwestel and returned to school to get my Executive MBA at the Ivey School of Business.  Although I had intended to move further toward business matters, my career evolved again toward adjudication and administrative law as I began serving on a number of administrative boards and tribunals (Association of Professional Engineers, Yukon Human Rights Panel of Administrators, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yukon Review Board, and most recently the Yukon Capability & Consent Board).  I have chaired, adjudicated or heard over 500 hearings on these five quasi-judicial tribunals.

Interest in board work

Support to the Board and Members as required.


Greg Storey

Candidate for Director

I am presently working as a Superintendent of Area 1 at Yukon Education.
I worked as a trades and technology teacher in Pond Inlet, and as a principal in Hay River NWT was able to create a working partnership with the Housing Corporation and local trades people which resulted in our high school students building low cost housing for Housing and learning skills in construction, electrical trades and plumbing.   We also created a partnership with NTCL and expanded our metalwork and welding programs by rebuilding their anchors every year.  As a result of this our student numbers in Trades and Apprenticeship increased and this success created the conditions for a 3,000,000.00 Tech Wing to be added to our school.  In the Yukon I have written the Departments 5-year trade plan and am interested in working with Yukonstruct to create partnerships with schools, trades people and the Department.

Interest in board work

I would be interested in whatever position the board could see me making a contribution.  Given that I have a fairly specific purpose to work with the board I would also be happy to simply be invited to regular meetings and assist with coordination with Education.

I would be most interested in being involved on the Makerspace and/or (co) space Committee.  I think we have not managed to knit all the necessary partnerships together to make Trades a viable choice for more Yukon students.  I also believe there is a complete overlap of Makerspace and the new curriculum.  I would love to contribute to this.   My father was a farmer and taught me many technical skills.  Many students are today divorced from the world of building and making things.  We need to mend this gap.


Jenna Marie Bourgeois

Candidate for Director

I was a volunteer at (co)space last year and have been a regular tenant.

Interest in board work

(co)space Committee and Marketing Committee


John Glynn-Morris

Candidate for Director

I am a Whitehorse-based public engagement specialist with a background in land-use planning, recreation, and community development.  I work with clients to plan and implemented public / stakeholder engagement strategies and provide strategic planning and facilitation services to not-for profit organisations.  I was one of the founding-members of YuKonstruct and (co)space and served as the first President and led the development of the organisation’s first strategic plan during the spring of 2016.  I stepped off the board in June 2016 and over the last year have remained an active member of (co)space.  I am keen to rejoin the Board to support the organization again as we chart our exciting future!

Interest in board work

I am interested in the governance and (co)space committees.  I would also be keen to support a planning / feasibility exercise that considers future space(s).


Ksenia Gasper

Candidate for Director

Right now I’m the Thursday evening site moderator at Makerspace and occasional blog-post writer, but I’ve also co-taught Laser Cutter 101, organized workshops, promoted a Makerspace event on air, and been involved in a number of different maker projects, like the Winterval lanterns. I am employed as a senior policy analyst with Yukon government.

Interest in board work

I am interested in contributing by bringing strong analytical, communication, and collaboration skills to the Board and by co-Chairing and/or sitting on one or several Committees, especially the Governance, Makerspace and Marketing Committees. I do not have a solid background in Finance, but would be interested in learning and perhaps contributing where statistical data or analysis could be beneficial.


Martin Lehner

Candidate for Director

Owner of Tangerine Technology, Yukon College instructor, working in the technology field in the Yukon for over a decade. Background in marketing.

Current member of:
YITIS (TechYukon) – Board of Directors Executive – Vice President (2016 to present)
Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon – Board of Directors Executive – Treasurer (2016 to present)

Past member of:
YITIS (TechYukon) – Board of Directors (2014 to 2016)
Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon – Board of Directors (2011 to 2016)
Teegatha ‘Oh Zheh – Board of Directors Executive – Treasurer (2014 to 2015)
Teegatha ‘Oh Zheh – Board of Directors (2013 to 2014)
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors Executive – Vice Chair (2015 to 2015)
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors Executive – Treasurer (2014 to 2015)
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors (2011 to 2014)
Yukon Council on disABILITY – Board of Directors (2011 to 2013)

Interest in board work

Interest in the Governance Committee, Finance Committee, (co)space Committee and Marketing Committee. Top interest would be the (co)space Committee.


Mary Ellen Read

Candidate for Director

I am self-employed, running a small local architectural practice, Northern Front Studio, since 2010. I have been an active board member of Yukonstruct Makerspace Society for the past year, and have been assisting with the feasibility study for a facility for the long term sustainability of the organization. I have also been a member of Yukonstruct since 2015

Interest in board work

In the past year I have participated in decisions related to hiring the Executive Director, funding applications, and contractor staff positions. I am also still very interested in working towards a facility for the society, and the possible connections bringing the two operations closer. I would be very interested in any committee that is action oriented, and is focused on treating the society more as a business enterprise, and become less defendant on grants and funding to operate. I am also very interested in working with more members in committees, and have less board separation from the societies membership.


Paul Christman

Candidate for Director

Newly employed with the Yukon Government Energy Mines and Resources Branch as Chief Mine Engineer. Previously employed in the private mining industry on fly in fly out projects in Yukon and Nunavut. Mining Engineer by trade. Successfully designed and manufactured new and unique custom mining equipment for underground hard rock applications that is now in use. Volunteer work with the CIM Whitehorse Branch and other Yukon mining initiatives. Recently became a member of Yukonstruct and wish to contribute beyond volunteer work as I believe it is an excellent organization and resource for the community. Now based in Whitehorse full time and able to commit time and energy to community organizations like Yukonstruct.

Interest in board work

Governance Committee and Makerspace Committee


Robert (Bob) Sharp

Candidate for Director

Retired educator, now operating a small business

Interest in board work

Extending the partnerships between Yukonstruct and education


 

Firebean Coffee coming to YuKonstruct!

In the wake of a successful visit from Small Business and Tourism Federal Minister Bardish Chagger, the YuKonstruct Makerspace and (co)space Team are hitting the streets with opportunities for the community to put their names behind the awesome work going on within our walls.

firebean coffee

Mike and Sarah Russo, founders and owners of Firebean Coffee Roasters, are no strangers to the hottest word in Whitehorse now – INNOVATION. Firebean Coffee Roasters offers organic, fair trade coffee, wood-fire roasted with a pedal-powered roasting machine.

They are also our newest organization-wide sponsors; all our members can look forward to being fueled exclusively on this java at the makerspace and coworking spaces!

The Firebean Coffee Roaster’s story is an example of the sort of initiatives we are championing at YuKonstruct. Mike and Sarah moved back to Whitehorse for the Yukon lifestyle and people. As many Yukoners are aware, life in the territory offers the freedom to have an ideal work-life balance.

They have been “boostrapping from the beginning.” The Russos started hand spinning coffee over an open fire to learn how the beans behave. Family and friends started ordering and they quickly needed a larger operation to keep up. They bought an old pizza oven at a flee market, outfitted it with a drum and, after a little trial and error, connected it to an old stationary bike et voila!

Their coffee is brought to you practically footprint free! The bike spins the drum that the beans are tumbling in over a hard wood fire. In just a short time of pedaling, the roast is ready.

Like for all of our entrepreneurs, the journey was not without its share of mishaps and learning experiences, but it’s paying for itself now and there is an awesome buzz around town (check out the recent What’s Up Yukon article).

“I think we can keep going and we are inspired to share this with more people which is why the partnership with YuKonstruct and Start Up Whitehorse (managed by (co)space) is so excitng. Maybe this can inspire others because we’re doing something unorthodox. Who pedals for their coffee when you can get a commercial roasting machine? We do! So maybe someone else will be inspired by the bootstrapping side of this.” – Mike Russo

Mike Russo

Amazing Volunteer Awards

Last week during YuKonstruct’s holiday party, we had a room full of members, friends, partners, sponsors and volunteers. It was great to gather together and enjoy good food, beverages and connect as a community. This organization is run largely by the volunteers that dedicate their time, energy and resources into making this space the community that it is.

As a small way to say THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers, these awards were made up for the folks that help keep this place moving.

Alex
Battery – for being charged up and giving fresh energy to this space.

Matt
Trampoline – for jumping at any job given to him.

Michelle
Football – for being here since the kickoff and for tackling the toughest jobs!

Allison
Knot – for tying it all together (with projects and our team).

Glenn
Band Aids – for our repair man that mends what’s broken.

Dianna
Bee – because she is busy as a bee working hard to create community.

Will
Safety pin – for being our safety star!

Seamus
Feet – for starting us off on the right foot and always putting his best foot forward.

Chris
Fireworks – for sparking great ideas and making projects spectacular.

Andrea
Gem – for adding that special sparkle to the team.

Ben
Snowflake – for making this weather worth it (even after leaving the sunshine).

Scott
Steak – for a job “weldone” as our welding instructor

Sam
Light- for his bright ideas and lighting up the space.

Thomas
Star – for being a super star!

Devin
Rock – reliably solid and because he rocks!

Stefan
Toy top – because he is top notch.

Amy
Target – for keeping this organization on target.

Colin
Stapler – because he’s a staple in this community.

Sandy
Sunshine – for that warm smile despite the cold.

Chelsea
Nails – for nailing the job!

Adam H
Tape – for sticking with it.

Mark
Truck – for really delivering!

Jeramy
Ace – for an ace of an instructor.

Seann
Marbles – for a marbelous job!

Adam
Hat – because he’ll take a job at the drop of a hat. Hats off to him!

Richard
Beach ball – because he’s on the ball with jobs needing doing.

Tanya
Life saver – for keeping us afloat as our amazing bookkeeper.

Ksenia and Kaitlin
Light bulbs – because of their bright beginnings as volunteers.

Bob
Key – because he is a key factor in the success of this organization!

Don
Paper – for being “write” where and when we needed him.

James
 Breakfast – for doing an “eggcellent” job.

Looking back at the journey

If you’re a frequent visitor to http://yukonstruct.com/ you are undoubtedly familiar with the slideshow that has graced our homepage since September 2014.

Now that this tribute to the early days of YuKonstruct is over two years out of date, we’ve decided to retire it from its place of honour. The makerspace has changed a lot since that Animoto video was created and the photos no longer reflect the vibrant community workspace that we have become.

Take a look back with us at the beginnings of the YuKonstruct we love today. (If you’re having trouble loading the video below, try viewing it on Animoto)

 

Thank you so much Andrew for making the video that has served us so well over the last 2 years!

A member’s take on Laser Cutter 101

New makerspace member Ksenia wrote this write-up of her experience learning how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter

Three ladies and I are in a well-organized back room at YuKonstruct and Thomas is talking. He’s guiding us through the safety measures, tools, and steps we need to know before crafting with the laser cutter that takes up most of the back room “Fabrication Lab”.

The laser cutter is less complicated that I thought. And less dangerous, with proper care and safety. It can cut and engrave many materials– metal, wood, glass, stone. As Thomas interspaces a very practical 30 minute introduction with helpful hints, I am admittedly distracted by all the possibilities – engravings, Christmas ornaments, board games…

Thomas giving instructions

Thomas is now leading us through an example project. He uses the computer program CorelDRAW to draw a simple circle, enters in a few printing specifications and then presses ‘print’. A perfect circle is cut out of plywood by the machine in three seconds and its edges smell like fire.

Different cuts and etching the laser cutter can do

After a bit more friendly instruction on using raster versus vector images (hint: raster = engraving, vector = cutting), kiss cutting (less romantic that it sounds, this is a ‘half-way-through’ cut), and several useful tips, it was time to try our own hand on the machine.

Sitting down at the computer, I searched Google images and selected a picture. With a few clicks the picture was translated by the software and, with a few more, some font was added and it was ready to go. Four minutes later, I’m opening the laser printer top to bring out the final product. Success! 

We each take turns creating something new on the machine. There are few limits and Thomas is patient in helping us bring our visions to life. First, three tiny cranes are cut out to make jewelry and then the Toronto skyline is freed from plywood. Meanwhile, I’m admiring my lizard.

As the workshop draws to a close, I take some time to ask the other ladies why they signed up. Kathy is an artist with work currently on exhibit at Arts Underground (Coleoptera Embellished). She is looking at new ways to work with wood to create beautiful art. Selene is inspired to make jewelry. Kaitlin is the new executive director at the Old Log Church Museum and, aside from making gift shop items, is thinking of ways to develop interactive displays to bring history to life for visitors. On his end, our instructor Thomas has always been a maker and became interested in the laser cutter when he needed to precisely cut a very thin piece of wood for the telescope he was building.

Me? I’m hooked. You’ll know where to find me when the snow blows in winter.

– Ksenia

For more information on upcoming workshops, visit: http://yukonstruct.com/events/ 

A quick tour of the Toronto Tool Library

Staff member- Adria, was visiting Toronto on her travels and stopped in to check out another makerspace that’s a bit different from YuKonstruct:

The Toronto Tool Library has a few locations in the city and one of them is a full library of things called the Sharing Depot! Members can take equipment and supplies out from the space and keep them for a few days or up to a week! They have everything from camping equipment to party supplies, from tools to sporting goods, from kids toys to board games…and the list goes on! And to take this stuff out from the library, all that is needed is a membership pass (ranging from $25-$100/year).

This place also had a makerspace section where members can work on projects and use tools and equipment. This was neat to see because it’s in the heart of the city and yet in the midst of limited space, members still had access to big pieces of equipment and tools to be able to work on bigger projects. Seeing this space did give me a better appreciation for just how awesome we have it in the Yukon! We have a makerspace with so much space! We have a big wood shop, a metal shop (which didn’t exist at this makerspace) and lots of room for several members to be working at the same time! Also- the yard! We have a yard at YuKonstruct where pets and projects and vehicles can all fit!

The sharing aspect of the Toronto Tool Libary is what (I think) makes this makerspace/sharing depot so wonderful! My appreciation for the sharing economy grew tremendously when I was visiting the space. Seeing members sharing more than just ideas and offering more than just training allows others to experience new things with the necessary equipment and supplies!

So I urge members to visit the Toronto Tool Library and other makerspaces outside of YuKonstruct. Thanks Toronto for the great visit, and thanks Toronto Tool Library for being awesome!

 

Cracking 100 Members!

YuKonstruct is celebrating a milestone!  We recently cracked 100 members for the first time in our history.  This is evidence that yes, the Yukon wants a makerspace.
Becoming a member is easy to do online. You can go month to month and suspend/renew at any time.  Membership gives you unlimited access to the tools, expertise and space during open-hours.  Membership also gives you access to our popular ‘101’ equipment training sessions and discounts on our public workshops.

The magic of YuKonstruct is we are member-driven.  That means there are lots of ways to get involved as a member.  Check-out and participate on our Forum or join one of C.O.R.E. meetings, open to all members, to shape your makerspace.  Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 7pm at YuKonstruct.  All welcome; hope to see you there!

Thanks to all our members for making YuKonstruct what it is!

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What are Instructables? (FAQ and How-to)

Instructables FAQ

YuKonstruct is competing in a contest against other makerspaces from around the world, to win great prizes including a laser cutter, welder, and much more!  The goal is to post the most high quality Instructables as possible before the August 31, 2015. More info here!

An instructable is basically a written step-by-step guide which shows how-to do, or make, something.  These how-to’s are created and written on a website called Instructables.com. This website has an almost limitless collection of fantastic instructables about almost any subject you can think of!  Here, anyone can document and share their creations in a step-by-step fashion to allow others to be able to use, make or build it themselves.

The prizes are certainly a nice incentive, but more than that, it fits well with YuKonstruct’s mission of empowering the local maker community to bring their ideas to life by providing training and access to great tools. For any maker, Instructables.com is a fantastic resource to provide ideas and inspiration. Contributing knowledge and sharing with this global maker community, just gives you a warm fuzzy feeling!

Share your life hacks, recipes, or cool projects by writing step-by-step instructions and posting them on instructables. Don’t forget some helpful pictures. If you’d like to participate we’ve put together a short guide below to help get you started!

Join us at our next event where we will help you get your instructable posted. Thursday August 27, from 6-9pm.  If you can’t join us, please email info@yukonstruct.com for some support. If you would like to try posting one on your own we have listed the key steps below for you.


How-to Post an Instructable

 

Step zero:   

Have an idea you’d like to share, take lots of clear photos & remember how you made it / or did it.

Step one:   

Go to instructables.com and sign up with a free account (or sign-in, if you have one already).

Step two:   

Once signed in, click on the “Publish” button at the top to the right of the search bar, and then click “New Instructable” in orange.

Step three:   

Start with your title and select whatever category fits your project best. Then write your “how-to” instructable by adding your instructions and pictures, using the handy editor.
If you’re stuck: There is in fact an instructable on how to make an instructable here, and one specifically on how to use the editor, at this link here.

Step four:   

Publish your instructable. Once you click publish you can enter some useful keywords to help others find it, and you can personally enter any contests you think your project applies to. (note: the makerspace contest will not be listed, that’s a special one)

If you post a high quality instructable you’re likely to get “featured” (check out the criteria here). Getting featured means they want to showcase your well put together content (AND YuKonstruct will give an instructables t-shirt to any member who gets featured!). If you’re aiming to get your instructable featured you should try to include the following key things:

  • Clear title
  • Intro explains the project and motivation (aka. why you did this?)
  • Original photos (bright, clear and in focus)
  • Make it replicable (using enough detail and/or links to resources if possible)
  • Materials list (usually at beginning with links where applicable)
  • Any files / patterns used, where possible

Step five:   

Tell us about it (email us your link to info@yukonstruct.com and we will include it in our contest entry!). Don’t forget to share your new instructable with your friends!

 

Curious about the Instructables people have contributed so far? Check out YuKonstruct’s contest entries by clicking the picture below: