7hills Featured in MAKE Magazine!

Exciting news folks!

7hills Makerspace listed as most interesting makerspace by MAKE magazineIn this month’s edition of MAKE Magazine, you’ll see a trippy panarama of our very own maker home pictured as one of the Most Interesting Makerspaces in the Country.  

Seriously, check it out for yourself.  We are in the “East” Slideshow.

Some major high fives are due!

  • Matt & Laura Mumber for their work restoring the building
  • Greg Richardson & the Civitium team for vision in securing & creating the space three years ago
  • John Grout for some great networking with Make writers/editors over the past few years

We are still geeking out and will have a few extra copies on hand at the space or you can get your own at Barnes & Noble or other newsstand.

MAKE, Vol. 40, p40.

ALL HANDS ON DECK!

1957761_636443753088194_7666324940298122878_o

We need your help! Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been rethinking the space’s organization. One of our makers, Justin, has created a Floor Plan which will maximize utility and usability. We’re going to be moving a bunch of our tools and work stations THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 12th during our regular Make Night, 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Get familiar with our new Floor Plan, come up with some ideas, and we hope to see you there!

A few things Justin took into consideration with the Floor Plan:

  • Organ – Not moveable, thus the music section will stay as it is.
  • Electronics – The computer screens will be less visible by the windows
  • Woodworking – Loud, with a lot of physical byproducts. The apartment wing (where it is now) seems to be the best place for it.
  • Social – Needs to be both a welcoming space, and in a location where mingling will not be too disruptive.

While we’re doing the bulk of the reorganization on Thursday, we’re going to need to move a bunch of heavier equipment and furniture on Saturday. So if you cannot attend Make Night, you have another opportunity to help us out on Saturday from 10am to 4pm!

Ryder McEntyre, Maker-in-Residence

Hey there! My name is Ryder McEntyre, I am 21 years old, and I recently moved into the space’s attached apartment.

  • Occupation: Senior studying Visual Communications at Berry College. Graphic designer at SAI Digital. Maker-in-Residence at 7hills Makerspace.
  • Hometown: Calhoun, GA
  • Current Town: Rome, GA
  • Hobbies: I obsess over New York Times opinions and style sections, I read a ton of fashion magazines, and I spend way too much time writing poetry. I’m an avid Twitter user and Tumblr guru.
  • Android or iOS: iOS.
  • PC or Mac: Mac.
  • Favorite Book: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Awakening by Kate Chopin, & Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin.
  • Favorite Movies: Metropolitan, Clue, The Royal Tenenbaums, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Prince Avalanche, Tiny Furniture, & Rear Window.
  • Favorite Music: Feist, Justice, Jai Paul, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Duke Ellington, James Blake, Mac DeMarco, Toro y Moi, Holy Ghost!, Francoise Hardy, & Jamie xx.
  • Favorite TV shows: Always: Twin Peaks, Cybill, and LOST. Currently: Game of Thrones, Veep, House of Cards, The Newsroom, & Inside Amy Schumer.
  • Favorite Restaurant in Rome: Schroeder’s New Deli
  • Favorite Bar in Rome: Old Havana Bar & Cigar Shop
  • Best place to spot Ryder on any given day: Swift & Finch Coffee Company
  • Favorite staycation spot: Little River Canyon, Alabama
  • Favorite part of Rome: Rome is a small pond right now, and it’s incredibly easy to be the big fish. You can make a name for yourself here, and the people are quality folks. In short, it’s incredibly underrated and more eccentric than meets the eye. Rome’s pace is just right – small town feeling with a lot of big city developments – and it’s competitive without feeling threatening. There’s also a live music scene in the fledgling stages but with a number of excellent local bands with regular performances.
  • Next Makerspace project: I’m starting a series of digital works (which I also plan to print and exhibit in a show, eventually) in an attempt to artistically respond to changing social climates in the U.S. I’m also looking to bring my poetry into a 3D space in the next year. Oh, and making curtains for the gigantic windows in my living room! My last project was a conceptual art project. Check it out here: IS THIS WHAT U WANT?
  • Best thing about living in the 7hills Makerspace: Enabling massive envy from all of my Instagram followers! Errmm…. I mean…. Okay, seriously, the energy I’ve felt in the past week has been nothing short of inspiring just being inside such a vibrant space filled so often with such vibrant people, all with different dreams and hopes for this small town and their own projects. It’s been a period of personal revival over the past few weeks, and I’m sure it will continue!
  • Favorite / most meaningful pieces in the space: My favorite piece in the space is this mid-century modern chair I found at an estate sale literally 5 miles from my childhood home. The most meaningful piece in my home is this knitted throw blanket which I stole from my parents’ house when I went to college. It’s blue and white, and has a bunch of small farm houses on it… Not the most beautiful thing, but I’ll always make space for it on my couch.

Thanks to fellow maker Christian David Photo for the wonderful photography.

Joe the Butcher

An article ran last week in the Washington Post entitled “At the source of the shutdown, the economy falters — and anger at Barack Obama runs high.” You can read it here.

Rome was the unfortunate (in my opinion) backdrop for this story. It highlighted the owners of two of our local businesses (a butcher shop and a wholesale produce company) and the president of a local community bank. The businesses had suffered during the recession. The butcher shop had even closed its doors recently. Both placed the blame on Obama, his policies and Obamacare. The banker was brought into the story because, apparently, he had turned down loans to businesses — and he promptly stated “[Obama's leadership] certainly hampers the ability to recover.” The butcher went even further in saying “I’m going to go hide for two years” until “he” — President Obama — is on his way out.

Continue reading

$6 Upcycled Dog Bed

We needed a new dog bed. OK actually, the dog needed a new bed. Here is the sad “before” state.

20131012_140159

Dog beds cost like $25-40. That’s just silly. It’s some fabric and stuffing. So, we got some supplies. A throw blanket from Wal Mart ($2.87). Iron-on seam tape ($3.97). And the best part – we had a couple of old study-buddy pillows that were ready for donation to the thrift store, where they would no-doubt sit endlessly waiting for one of the tens of people in the world who buy used pillows to stumble on them. Since everyone has some old pillows of some type lying around for stuffing, total cost for the dog bed: $6.00.

Continue reading