Central Point is for Makers: The Maker Movement Takes Flight For The Central Point Community
We’ve all been there—struck with a surge of creative inspiration and determined to tackle that unfinished project collecting dust. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for our ambition to be overpowered by our lack of tools, space, or skills. But luckily there’s a solution for budding-builders, and it comes in the form of a previously deserted warehouse-style building known as CraterWorks Makerspace.
Tucked in Central Point’s Artisan Corridor off Highway 99, the CraterWorks facility opened last May as a collaborative space for entrepreneurs, students, craftspeople and the average Joe to work on projects and bring their ideas to life. This do-it-yourself industrial building provides 17,000 square feet of space of tools and equipment for woodworking, metalworking, 3-D printing, graphic design and more – including a fully-equipped Commercial Kitchen space opening in March to provide industrial-grade appliances for caterers, restauranteurs and food trucks.
Originating in partnership with the Central Point School District and the non-profit Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching, (D.I.R.T.), the multi-disciplinary facility strives to bring students and community members together by weaving applied learning into the curriculum of high school classes and creating a space to share tools, knowledge and resources.
“What’s great about CraterWorks is that it helps enhance the core academic and career technical education of Central Point students, while at the same time encouraging community members to further pursue their interests and skills in technical, industrial and artistic ventures,” says Taneea Browning, managing partner of CraterWorks. Being able to create something with your own two hands is an amazing feeling,” said Browning. “And it’s our goal to help everyone in the community experience that feeling.”
The membership-based makerspace offers members unlimited access to the space during shop hours, along with weekly, instructor-led classes teaching everything from basic skills to specialized projects. And with four levels of membership available, curious creators can tailor their involvement to their individual interests, skill-levels and budgets.
While the makerspace concept may be hard to grasp in words, a visit to the facility quickly brings the ambitious vision to life—which is free public tours are offered every Saturday at 10 am. Learn more, sign-up for a tour and start discovering the maker inside on the CraterWorks website, www.craterworks.org.
9 am – 7 pm, Monday – Saturday
9 am – 5 pm, Sunday
419 N Front St, Central Point