June 6th – 7th: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015

Don’t  miss Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2015. Be inspired. Learn stuff. See amazing feats. Meet incredible inventors, tinkerers, and makers like some of our very own VHS members.

73571Sean Hagen: Intrepid Mold Maker
Sean is a talented maker, hacker, and all-round creative dude who loves to mold and cast stuff.  Wish you could do this? Now you can at the  Maker Faire workshop! Make your own silicone dump mold. This process is perfect for creating replicas of just about anything including things you brought back from comic con, building your very own custom ice cube tray, and more. The possibilities are endless.




M12-300x298Dan Royer: Marginally Clever Robots
Marginally Clever Robots began as a hobby project at VHS. Now there are over 1000 of their famous Makelangelo drawing robots around the world. The latest model will be at the fair as well as a super big game of Tetris that can be built from Dan’s LED/arduino classes and some fun throwable light toys for kids of all ages. Marginally Clever Robots is raising the next generation of coders, engineers, and robot-ready young leaders.





Steven Smethurst: Magical Portals & Maker Spaces
Steven Smethurst is a maker, hacker, and builder of amazing things.  His latest includes the Pocket Universe, a wooden 10-foot icosahedron dome he made in his living room.  Step inside it’s mirrored interior and be transported to a magical place. Then learn about making your very own portal – a tiny fairy door for the magical gnomes, pixies, and other fairy folk that live in your neighbourhood.

How do you make a MakerSpace? Steven knows. Join him on this moderated panel of representatives from four local spaces (Zen MakerLab, MakerLabs, Fraser Valley MakerSpace, and the Vancouver HackSpace). Hear about  the their challenges, the business models they employ and the reception from the local community.


badgeVancouver Hack Space: Learn to Solder
No experience required! Stop by and learn to solder! For only $3 you’ll build your very own blinky LED VHS pin-on badge.  This skill is your gateway to making electronic projects and fixing just about anything electronic you own. Accompanied children welcome.  Our friendly members will get you started and lend a hand if you get stuck. Runs for the duration of the faire. No registration required, just come to our booth. Approximate build time: 30 minutes. Then wear you glorious badge around the Faire!




greenVancouver Hack Space: Member Project and Info Booth
Come and meet us! Learn more about VHS, check out amazing projects made by our members,  play a tune on a piano made from play-doh, and see our 3D printer in action. There’s all this and much more at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, 2015.


2015 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Workshops!

The workshops are up on the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire page! Among others, I’m going to be doing another molding & casting workshop. Sign up soon, before seats run out!


Lee’s Electronics has opened a new store on Fraser and King Edward

Lee’s Electronics has opened a new store on Fraser and King Edward (4131 Fraser street) Its bigger, nicer, and awesome! Check it out if you need any local electronics parts or boards.



Workshop: Arduino 1-Wire


Have you ever wanted to record the temperature with your Arduino? What about the humidty? Maybe you’re more interested in motion detection, or maybe you want to detect water leaks.

1-wire sensors to the rescue! There are many types of sensors that use the 1-wire protocol, which lets you hook up many sensors to a single input on your Arduino. These types of sensors can also handle longer wire lengths, so that you can place the sensors further away from your Arduino without issue.

In this workshop, we’ll be going over the following:

  • Installing the 1-Wire Arduino library
  • Reading the 1-Wire device ID
  • Reading values from a device
  • Reading values from multiple devices hooked up to the same pin

To do this workshop, you’ll need the following:

  • your own laptop, with the Arduino IDE installed
  • an Arduino device

If you’ve never worked with Arduinos before, please take the time to go through the Blink tutorial on your own. This will ensure that you’re ready to take part in the workshop. If you’re having any issues, please come to VHS on Tuesday, April 28th — that’s our open house night, and I’ll be there to help you get set up. That way we can dive straight into the 1-Wire stuff on the day of the workshop.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Thursday, April 30th – 6:30pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you.

There will be a $10 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

Workshop: Silicon Molds & Resin Casting



Ever wanted to make a copy of something you’ve got? Got some props you’d like to make some durable copies for when you go to the San Diego Comic Con? Or maybe you’ve got a sculpture you’d like to sell some copies of.

I’m going to be putting on a workshop at the Vancouver Hackspace ( VHS ), teaching you how to make a mold and how to do a resin cast. When you’re done you’ll have a mold you can use to make more castings, as well as your first resin casting!

The cost of the workshop will be going entirely towards purchasing the silicone, resin, and mold-making supplies. Because there will be a finite amount of silicone and resin on hand, I ask that people bring smaller items — preferably something that can fit into a box that’s 216 cubic inches. That’s a 6 x 6 x 6 inch box, or roughly a 8 x 8 x 3.5 inch box. If you’ve got something bigger that you’d like to do a mold of, let me know beforehand — we might be able to figure something out.

If you’ve got something that you’ve 3d printed and would like to make a mold of, let me know beforehand — it takes a few hours for the epoxy coating to set, so you’ll have to get the part to me before the workshop. If you’d like to have something 3d printed for you, contact me and I can try to print it for you before the workshop.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 2pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $30 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

Microsoft To Sponsor The Vancouver Hackspace Society

After years of being a free and open source software (FOSS) focussed bastion, VHS is now proud to announce that it has combined forces with new best friend, Microsoft!

Microsoft has generously offered the Vancouver Hackspace Society access to a hosted Sharepoint environment to replace and consolidate all web related services, such as the forum, blog and wiki, as well as providing access to the Microsoft Office Online platform, and also to include mailing lists.

Both VHS and Microsoft are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

Workshop: Build your own Anti elder god Orgonite

This was a JOKE, an April fools joke. This workshop did not happen and probably never happen at VHS. Orgonite will not solve your problems, it will not save you from the boogie man, or cancer, it will not give you a bigger sex organ, It has no effect at  all. Please stop emailing us about this workshop. If you are looking for Orgonite please seek help instead 




More info: https://talk.hackspace.ca/t/workshop-build-your-own-anti-elder-god-orgonite/1896?u=funvill



We will building an Orgonite crystal that has been proven to prevent the awakening of the elder gods. This crystal works on all elder gods including Cthulhu, Shub-Niggurath, Yaggdytha, and MORE!

A simple compound anyone can created with fairly inexpensive, widely-available materials which balances ambient energy by turning the negative energy into positive energy, with many easily-confirmed effects. Orgonite does this continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It even produced electricity when combined with magnets.

Quick Facts About Orgonite:

  • Simple. Easy to make. Works continuously.
  • Turns negative energy into positive energy.
  • Purifies the atmosphere, detoxifies water, ends drought.
  • Helps plants grow better, repels pests & requires less water.
  • Mitigates harmful effects of EMF radiation.
  • Disarms and repels predatory forms of life.
  • Inspires a pleasant demeanor and balanced, happier moods.
  • Frequently remedies insomnia and chronic nightmares.
  • Helps awaken your innate psychic senses.

Do you want to be driven insane? Do you want to be devoured? Well my patented Orgonite crystals will help

The same way magnets work but focused on ‘evil ones‘.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $31.47 workshop fee.
Please RSVP, https://www.picatic.com/event14279041685439597
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/367936823393712/

Laser Crown Project

April is my wife’s birthday, our Anniversary and a roadtrip down to Disney so I had to do something special.   I loved the Instructable by P3nguin and decided to take it a bit further by adding a reed switch to change display modes and a digital compass module.  Check out the full build log over on the VHS forums!

Crown Lit

Crown at 20% brightness

Presentation and Display Box

Presentation and Display Box

Workshop: Introduction to arduino blink sketch and E-Textiles – Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

More information



Introduction to arduino blink sketch and E-Textiles.

In this workshop we will be going over the most basic arduino sketch, The blink sketch. We will set up the arduino environment, wire an LED to the arduino board, programing an arduino to blink the LED on and off at a programed rate. We will then continue the workshop building on the blink sketch by adding several LEDS and making them blink in different patterns. We will finish off the night with an introduction to E-Textiles and how you can use the blink sketch in clothing.

For the E-Textiles section of the workshop we will be working with a Lily Pad arduino. It is not required that you have a Lily Pad arduino for this section.

Hardware requirements:

  • A computer with the arduino software pre-installed.
  • An arduino of any variant (Arduino Leonardo, Lily Pad, Arduino Pro Mini, etc…). You can purchase an arduino from LEE’s Electronics on 28th and main. If your ardunio does not have a USB port you will need the programing cable to download code. I will have several demo arduinos available for you to borrow if needed (these are not for sale).

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $5 workshop fee.
Please RSVP, if less then 5 people RSVP then the workshop will be canceled.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/859104547493593/

@funvill (Steven Smethurst) will be bottom lining the event.

VHS-GIS Workshop – Friday March 27th, 2015

53af6b09102e6635Welcome to First VHS-GIS Workshop.

In this first workshop, we will look into how to create different datasets of terrain surface from raw Digital Elevation Model using ArcGIS platform. We will look at some of the different sources, where to get DEM tiles, how to work with, as well as some things in DEM tiles. For the practice, we will map an island nearby the City of Vancouver, or possibly other place we decide.

In this workshop, we will idealy create and explore the following surface datasets:

  1. Topographic contours with predefined contour interval;
  2. Slope raster dataset;
  3. Hill-shadowed raster dataset;
  4. Aspects of hills’ slopes raster dataset.

And if time permits and depending on how we manage to make it, we might be able to overlay created datasets in visually appealing manner.

Participants are welcome to watch and ask questions. Unfortunately the software program is not free. I will use version 9.3 of ArcGIS during workshop. Participants may download a 60-day free trial version of ArcGIS from ESRI Canada website; though, I think only newer ArcGIS version 10.x is available for trial download, which will not be consistent with the version I will use and, I will not be able to coordinate.

If you can get ArcGIS v. 9.3, or trial version of it – great! If not, please feel free to bring your laptops and experiment how you can connect your technologies, if you like to. Certainly bring your notebook and pen/pencil to take notes.


Please note: this ongoing event will not repeat the activities from previous dates; each following event will idealy cover next steps (after creating datasets, we will look into categorizing, classification, overlay, scaling, projection, layout …), so participation on every scheduled date is strongly encouraged.

Please ask in comments and, I will try to accommodate your interests into the workshop, as long as you post well ahead of the first date.

Donations will be much appreciated for “I am broke as a joke”.

Oh.., yeah ..! For dates and tickets please follow this eventbrite.ca link:

The workshop is planned to take place at the VHS, 104 – 1715 Cook Street, Vancouver V5Y 3J6.

Friday March 27th, 2015 starting @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

VHS members, friends of VHS members and anyone who can get in.

Event hosted by Yuriy Shevchuk (a.k.a. Neo Shevyuchtayuk – Native Earthian whose name was modified by harsh rocky Canadian environment)!

Looking forward to seeing you there.