Check out these 4 makers spaces in the Rocket City

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If you’re looking for makers spaces in Huntsville, there are plenty to find! (Sanctuary Huntsville via Facebook)

You may not describe yourself as a “maker,” but you would be surprised how many of us do fall into that category. And if you are a tinkerer, a creator, a techie, an artist, a doodler, etc., Huntsville is a great place to live, because there are plenty of like-minded makers just like you that are ready to collaborate with you!

Here are a few makers spaces located in the Huntsville area you should check out for yourself:

Makers Local 256

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Makers Local 256 is “an open door community bent on conspiring with creative, hands-on people.” (Makes Local 256 via Facebook)

Makers Local 256 was conceived in 2006, and consisted of a group of friends who continued meeting nearly every weekend, working on projects and discussing new ideas. Much debate was given toward a name before finally settling on Makers Local 256, they say.

After growing enough to have to find a larger space (three times), Makers Local 256 claims more than 40 members at its 4,000-square-foot shop.

The organization says it is ” bent on conspiring with creative, hands-on people,” and “are actively growing and looking for bright ideas as we mature as an organization.”

Sanctuary Huntsville

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Sanctuary Huntsville is one of the new makers spaces in the Rocket City. (Sanctuary Huntsville via Facebook)

Sanctuary Huntsville is described as “a safe space for creatives, artists, do-it-yourselfers and makers of all crafts.” Founder Kenny Paone — a Huntsville native — started the Sanctuary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paone said the idea for Sanctuary actually started as a plan for a mini-golf space, but evolved into a makers space (seriously!).

“We’ve come a long way. The building still needs some work, but members keep coming with dreams, ideas, and projects that we help them complete. And that’s what we are here for.”

Kenny Paone, founder of Sanctuary Huntsville

The Monkey’s Wrench

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The Monkey’s Wrench is another awesome makers space in Huntsville. (Monkey’s Wrench)

The Monkey’s Wrench is another one of the makers spaces worth visiting for anyone who wants a space to work on personal projects and to collaborate with other creatives. And, they offer some cool classes to hone your skills in a variety of crafts.

The space has various tiers of membership to accommodate your budget, schedule and craft.

UAH Makers Space

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UAH has one of the best makers spaces in town. (University of Alabama in Huntsville)

Although this is one of the makers spaces that is not open to everyone, it is on the second floor of the Salmon Library and is a place to collaborate, create, learn and explore. It combines equipment, tools and space for you to work on physical projects.

This is not a computer lab; rather, it’s an area to print, build, finish and otherwise bring your work to life.

Need to paint a landscape for class? Want a real life version of your CAD model? Have a design you’d like as a poster? Like to make a prototype of your product idea? This is the place for UAH students, faculty and staff to do that and more.

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Michael Seale
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