October Open Social

social-duckWe’re at it again. It’s our regular Open Social evening. If you’ve never been to our Social, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. Come in and look around. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things you’d like to do. Ask about our regular craft evening, which has just restarted. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Either way, we’re always interested to know what has drawn you to our door.

Hopefully there’ll be, caint, ceol agus craic as usual. The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning. The evening is free to attend for members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. You can drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. Bring beer, food, gadgets! Our doors are open from 7PM. Hope to see you there.

Science Week: Soldering Workshop

02477_Science_Week_FinalThis hands on workshop will cover various aspects of soldering; from the basic techniques of soldering, to soldering electronic components to make simple circuits. Participants will learn how to solder and finish off the workshop with a kit they can bring home. Check out some photos from previous workshops in our gallery.

Cost:  €20.00 plus fees. Tickets below.

When: Sunday 13rd of November.  11:00 to 13:30

No electronics skills required. This workshop is suitable for 12 years and up. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more great Science Week event all over the country visit http://www.science.ie/

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SuperCollider Workshop

supercolliderSuperCollider is a platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. It is free and open source software available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. With it’s GUI that can interface with external controllers. In a client / server architecture, it features a library providing for acoustic research, algorithmic music, interactive programming and live coding. The objective of this workshop is to learn the basics of the language and apprehend time in its projects to develop complex scenarios by orchestrating and communication of its internal and external processes to SuperCollider.

Workshop Leader BioSébastien Clara is multidisciplinary, he is computer scientist, musician and musicologist. He has compted a musicology course (my humanities) concluded with a Master of Science in Computer Music and Master of Music Research. At the present time, He is a PhD student and teaches computer music at Jean Monnet University of St-Étienne. He is also a keen trumpet player.

Blog : https://sebastienclara.wordpress.com/
Participants: Must bring a laptop with SuperCollier pre-installed and a set of headphones.

Dates: Saturday 29th of October 11:00 – 15:00

Cost: Free but requires preregistration. See below.

This workshop is for adults only.

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Forge Maintenance

forgeA few years ago, we built a forge based on Larry Zoeller’s designs. We’ve used it a few times and now it’s time that the forge itself gets a bit of maintenance. This is nothing more than recoating the inside with a refractory coating to help keep the insulation in good shape. We did a quick test fire after letting it dry for a week and all was well.

Machining Brass

brassThe cooker door wouldn’t snap closed properly. A quick disassembly of the hinges showed that a brass disc had a flat spot from years of wear and tear. Replacements were no longer available. Time to make some new ones on the lathe.

Took some measurements and started with a length of brass stock. Turned it down to the required diameter, then drilled a 4mm centre hole. Next cut a groove and parted off the new disc from the bar.

Brass is interesting to work with. It kinda crumbles off in fine particles, unlike steel. Drop in sometime and have a look at the lathe.

It’s back! TOG Craft Night

Well, we just about moved the last of the cobwebs off the sewing machines and preserved them for later… projects. The good news is that means we are now ready to start Craft Nights again!  Craft Night is starting on Wednesday, the 5th of October from 7pm.

Craft night is a night where any form of craft is welcome, from textile crafts, to paper crafts, to anything else you care for. Specifically on the agenda is Drawing, Painting, Knitting, Sewing, Embroidery, and that’s just the ones we know for sure. Whether you’re into making shoes, making jewellery, making candles, making bags, making clothes, the night is open to anyone who wants to make something. Bring whatever you are working on and share your knowledge or get help. Halloween is coming, maybe you can make some spooky decorations or costumes?


Find the event on Meetup.