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Give Back Tahoe: Truckee’s makerspace opening soon at airport

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The Truckee Roundhouse will open soon at Truckee Tahoe Airport.
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With the  impending opening of the Truckee Roundhouse Community Makerspace, our region will soon have access to an impressive selection of high-quality tools in a workspace open to the public.

Part of a growing national trend, makerspaces such as the Truckee Roundhouse provide a venue, tools, and expertise so that anyone can make just about anything.

Truckee Roundhouse, like most makerspaces, features both traditional crafts like woodworking, ceramics, blacksmithing, and textiles, as well as cutting edge tools like 3D printers, CNC laser cutters, robotics, and computer design.

The Roundhouse’s five shops were chosen after a community survey in which Truckee-Tahoe residents listed wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, and technology as their greatest interests.

The Roundhouse is operated like a gym or health club. Any member of the public can buy a membership and use any of the tools in the space.

Basic safety checkouts are required on most tools so that people aren’t hurt and tools aren’t damaged. Like a gym, the Roundhouse will also offer classes for all experience levels, such as beginner welding or advanced woodworking techniques.

Truckee Roundhouse is located in a 3,500 square foot warehouse at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The Airport is in the process of finishing the final improvements to the space.

Even though the space is not yet open, the non-profit has already made a big impact in the community. The 2nd Annual Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show was held in June and featured 60 local makers.

Children learned how to spin clay and assemble circuits, a life-sized horse sculpture gave free rides around Truckee-Tahoe Lumber’s yard, Mountain Forge created a beautiful metal sculpture, and local beer brewers and food trucks were featured.

Truckee Roundhouse is currently accepting applications for core volunteers to help operate the makerspace. Cash and tool donations are also being accepted. Learn more at http://www.truckeeroundhouse.org,