Blacksburg's Workshop

Meeting Tonight

Hello everyone!

Tonight, we’ll have our general meeting at 7:30 PM at the space. The agenda is here.

We’ll be talking about new upcoming events, like Kurt’s high altitude balloon project and the Virginia Science Festival. Hope you can join us!

Meeting Tonight

Hello everyone!

Tonight, we’ll have our general meeting at 7:30 PM at the space. The agenda is here.

In addition to discussing upcoming events, we’ll also be discussing creating a policy for exclusive events. All of our events in the past have been member-oriented and either open to the public or other members. Recently, we received a request from a nonmember to have a closed event in the space. Given that events like this would make the space less available to our members, we decided that we needed a policy around such events, and it would be helpful to have member input. If you’re a member and can come, please do; we’d love your input.


We are excited to say we are hosting a hackathon at Hacksburg on Saturday, September 5th!

Individuals or teams can hack for 12 hours in our space, then show off what they accomplished. It is a great opportunity to start (and maybe finish) a project you have been meaning to do but keep putting off!

The hackathon will run from 9am to 9pm, with demos from 9pm-10pm. Come show us what you’ve got!

Admission is $20 for members, $30 for non members. Tickets can be purchased here, and covers the following:

  • Breakfast from Carol Lee Donuts
  • Drinks and Snacks (tea, coffee, water, fruit)
  • Lunch from Jimmy John’s
  • Pizza Dinner

There is also the potential of a welding class occurring during the hackathon. If there is enough interest, there would be an additional fee. Please contact us if you are interested.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431744637014837/

Wiki Page: http://wiki.hacksburg.org/12_hour_hackathon


We ran a survey last month on equipment people would like to see at the space in order decide to join.

The most common replies were:

  • table saw
  • lathe
  • laser cutter

If you were wondering in general the requests were woodworking and large machienery. (Dremel, hand held orbital or belt sander, assorted C-clamps including 6”+, file for sharpening wood chisels or sharpening stones, compound slide miter saw, scroll saw, carpenter’s pencil, router, radial arm saw, thickness planer, jointer, CNC equipment, welding equipment, a High end 3D Printer)

Can you help?

Do you have equipment you aren’t using you can lend us? Or gift us? Can you keep an eye out on craigslist, ebay, garage sales, auctions etc for cheap items you can alert us to? Could you donate some money (see link on the right) to help us fund equipment purchases?

Thanks in advance for sharing this around and helping us improve our space!

Meeting Tonight

Hello everyone!

Steppin’ Out last weekend was a huge success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our volunteers: Kurt Rooks, Mike Newsome, Ava Pope, James Dunson, Jean-Philippe Ouellet, and Hunter Morgan. Thanks to all of you!

Tonight, we’ll have our general meeting at 7:30 PM at the space. The agenda is here. In the interest of making room for introductions, the meeting will be light on business and heavy on interaction. We hope to see you there!