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planer, joiner, drum sander, drill press, router and every type of saw imaginable — and metal-working equipment sufficient to build just about anything, even your own home. That’s what artist Alexandra Iosub did after learning enough basic welding to build the mobile frame for her “tiny house.” She continues to develop her woodworking skills under Peck’s knowledgeable guidance. “I have made end-grain cutting boards, lots of boxes, and to this day, I turn weaving bobbins on the lathe every couple of weeks,” Iosub said. “When I have some time, I pass by the shop to say hello even if I have no need of any tools. It’s always good to see the guys. Mike and Matt are not just friends, they are family to me.” Williams and Peck share their tools and shop with members like Iosub, but there are rules. “Any of the tools that move on
their own we require a certification for,” said Williams, who opened MakerPoint Studios with Peck in 2014. The more complex the tool, such as the 20-ton press brake capable of bending quarter-inch steel like it was cardboard, the more training required. Training is integral to their classes, which are mostly taught by Peck and Williams, as well as by the two shop monitors. In addition, Williams said there’s a lot of peer mentoring, which is the idea behind a makerspace: bringing people together from various ability levels and interests. Currently there are about 45 members who represent diverse demographics. Most are local, although some travel from Coeur d’Alene and one part-time Hope resident lives in Canada the majority of the year. Its youngest members — W I N T E R 2 0 17
Matt Williams and Mike Peck opened MakerPoint in 2014 to share their love of making things.
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