Foothills Community Workshop

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Foothills Community Workshop
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Status active
Country United States of America

State or District

North Carolina

City Granite Falls

Date of founding

2011/08/19

Last Updated 2017-10-01
Website http://www.foothillscommunityworkshop.org/

Wiki

http://foothillscommunityworkshop.org/wiki/index.php

Phone

828-351-HACK (828-352-4225)

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/user/FoothillsCW

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Foothills-Community-Workshop/211268948936270

Flickr

https://picasaweb.google.com/116505356604050231145

Snail mail

346 Lenoir, NC 28645
Pending buiding acquisition
28630 Granite Falls
United States of America

Number of members

30

Membership fee

Standard Membership 35USD Monthly Associate Membership 20USD Monthly Additional family members 17.50USD Monthly

Size of rooms

11000 sq work + 2000 sq storage (pending)

Members

Open to Exchanges?

yes

Open to Residencies?

maybe

Location 35° 48' 5", -81° 25' 49"


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Foothills Community Workshop is located in the town of Granite Falls, NC and was in the bottom floor of an old textile mill. We originally got a great deal on approx. 5000+ sq. ft. of space, but had to re-wire it and do a large amount of cleanup. FCW is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is open to the public. Our current members have expertise in: Machining (both CNC and manual), woodworking, construction, analog electronics, digital electronics, embedded systems, model railroads, stagecraft, science, farming, ham radio, linux, windows, networking, programming and other various topics. FCW has worked with the pubic schools, home schools, the local science center, scouts and other organizations to promote STEM and the arts to the local area.

We had a CNC machine shop, woodworking shop with a large CNC router, electronics shop, model shop, model railroad, Ham radio station (K4FCW), office/lounge area, library, stagecraft shop, science lab and classroom.

On July 21, 2017 the building containing FCW caught fire, which rapidly engulfed the entire 180000sq ft building, destroying 4 residential apartments, over 250 storage units, and 4 businesses, including FCW. Fortunately, no-one was injured, but one of our members lost his apartment (including his cat) and FCW lost all of the equipment except one ham radio antenna.

As of October 1, 2017, FCW is in the process of purchasing a buiding with over 11000 sq ft of space, currently waiting for the various inspections to be completed. We have started scrounging equipment again and plan to start back up with the areas: Metalworking (machining, welding,sheet metal, foundary), woodworking, electronics, ham radio (K4FCW), Science (chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy), stagecraft (costumes/sewing, props, sets, special effects, lighting, sound, video, painting, sculpture, glasswork, jewelry), a vintage computer museum, kitchen, library, HO railroad, fabrication (laser cutting, 3d printing), micro-farming, a classroom and a lounge.

General meetings are on Saturdays at 3PM at the Caldwell County Library (Lenoir), and planning meetings are on Wednesdays at 7PM at the Granite Falls, NC civic building. Standard membership is $35 per month and includes 24/7 access. Guests are welcome at any meeting or anytime someone is at the space.

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