Photos from the Fairy door workshop

This week Steven Smethurst ( hosted the Magic/Fairy door workshop at the Vancouver hackspace (VHS). This workshop was made possible with a grant from the Vancouver Foundation, and Vancouver HackSpace (VHS).

Steven Smethurst and Tyson Haverkort designed ~24 different styles of fairy doors for the workshop. They iterated on the different designed several times until they selected three of the best designs. ~90 doors were cut, and primed with paint before the event. 30 people from the local community where invited to the Vancouver Hackspace where they each got a few doors to decorate. Paint, glue, glitter, tools, and other magical art supplies where provided by the Vancouver Hackspace. A website has been created that lets people add the location of their fairy doors to a map with pictures and comments.


‘J’ selecting magical items for the magic/fairy door workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #door #fairydoor

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Two more doors. Made at the #magic/#fairydoor workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #mountpleasant

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Everyone is hard at work. #magic/#fairydoor workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #door #mountpleasant

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Two more amazing doors. Made at the #magic/#fairydoor workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #door #mountpleasant

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KiCad Summer Nights

KiCad PCBInterested in KiCad? Join us for any or all of our four weekly KiCad nights and we’ll all work together on designing schematics, picking part footprints and laying out boards! This will be a cooperative workgroup experience, not an instructor led workshop.

Who: Anyone with an interest in KiCad and a computer it might run on. Novices and experts welcome.

When: Wednesday nights, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (or so), July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, and Aug 19.

Where: VHS, 104-1715 Cook St Vancouver, BC V5Y 3J6

Questions? Join us on our forum/mailing list.


Geocaching and Hackspaces

SHHH: Super Happy Hacker House 36!

Saturday, July 25th

It has been over 6 months that VHS has moved into its new home on 1715 Cook street, and now that the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is out of the way, its time for another open house and social night!

Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see VHS’ new space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have.

Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share!

A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.

Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.

Show and Tell (All day)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!

Lightning talks – (11PM).

A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks.

A video of some previous lightning talks

Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.

Remember to **BRING YOUR OWN CUP** if you want to drink beverages at the space.

Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!

1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Vancouver, BC

Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.

This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.

July 25th (Saturday) from 12:00 Noon till late (2-3 am)

Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.

If you are under the age of majority (19) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of legal drinking age (19), VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 7:30pm.

Because it is awesome!





Learn you some Git & GitHub!


Mystified by the ‘Pull Request’ button on GitHub?

Confused by merging, rebasing, committing, pulling, and pushing?

Want to learn a bit more about Git and GitHub?

Come on down! Sean Hagen will be teaching you how to use Git, including some awesome gems that have saved his bacon in the past.

About Git:

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

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

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 @ 8pm

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 on Picatic

VHS Open Nights for post-Maker Faire week

We’ve wrangled ourselves together and got our ducks in a row to have the space open every night this week (Monday June 8th – Friday June 12th) from 7:30pm-10pm as a bit of a post-Maker Faire bonus for people wanting to check out and learn more about our space, or work on their own projects.

Unfortunately nobody passed this message on to our grumpy doorbot, who’s refusing to accommodate such last-minute requests. As such, if you can’t get in during these times please phone the space on +1 (778) 330-1234 and someone will leap into action and get you through the Door of Doom and lead you safely down the Hallway of Peril!

Find us here:

Make your own magic door workshop – July 19th, 2015


Make your own magic door
As we all know, little doors are portals to magical places. They can lead one to gnomes, fairies, and may other types of magical creatures! Come join us in creating your own mini magical door to share with your friends. All required materials will be provided, however you are encouraged to bring any magical, shiny, spacey, or crafty additions to make your magical door even more special


Magic Door search and find
Once complete, you may choose to install your door in one of our special places within Mt. Pleasant. Secret codes will lead you from one door to the next until you find them all!
The top secret map can be downloaded at

Blinky Badge Instructions – Maker Faire 2015

If you visited us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this year and are looking for the blinky badge and soldering documentation we used, this is for you:

1. Blinky Badge Instructions – PDF,  the instructions for building our famous badge kit.

2. Soldering Is Easy  – a complete guide to soldering, in comic book format.

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!