What is the MakerBarn?
The MakerBarn is a small group of people, from various backgrounds, all looking for the same thing: a place to build a makerspace in the South Montgomery County area. The question was: Where? There are no giant empty warehouses, such as one might find in downtown Houston. So where could we find a place to stock with equipment, a place the rent would be low enough to make the venture possible? Along came Extraordinary Education. Extraordinary Education is a co-op school located on five acres just south of The Woodlands. There’s a large house that has been converted to schoolrooms, and three temporary buildings with 2 classrooms each. But there was also a barn. The horses are long gone and for the last ten years the barn has been used primarily for storage. Why not turn the barn into a makerspace, a MakerBarn? For far less than it would cost for a single year’s rent of warehouse space, we could rebuild the barn into an excellent makerspace of nearly 4,000 square feet. Downstairs includes the shop area, consisting of a high quality woodworking shop and machine shop. One of the outer bays will contain a welding shop. Upstairs is an air-conditioned and very clean science and technology center. The center has workbenches where fine crafts and hobbies such as electronics, robotics, leatherwork, jewelry making and others can be done. Equipment such as 3D printers, laser engravers, and a vinyl cutter are also available. Finally, there is a social area with a widescreen TV and computer where people can relax and share ideas.
When is The MakerBarn Open?
We officially opened our doors for making June 4th, 2016. While we build our membership, check out our calendar for times the MakerBarn is open. But during the school year, the barn is generally open 6 – 10 pm on Monday through Thursday, 10 am -10 pm on Friday and various times on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re a member and would like to request a time to use the MakerBarn that is not already on the calendar, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request one of the MakerBarn Managers open the facility. We’ll do what we can to accommodate the request.
Where is the barn located?
Who is part of The MakerBarn?
We are a group that came together over a mutual interest in making. However, each of us likes to make something different. This includes woodworking, crafts, electronics, etc. Whether you are a seasoned maker or are interested in getting started, we would love to hear from you.
How can I get involved?
Join us for a meeting
We talk about what we’ve been making as well as upcoming events.
2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month
7:00 PM at the barn
Help us build out the barn
Come by and swing a hammer with us as we finish up our makerspace.
Some Fridays and Saturdays – Check the calendar for Work Days.
Donate supplies or funding
We can make use of those tools you have lying around. All funds will go directly to buying supplies for the barn.