What we're about

The Makers of all Manner of Machinations and Materials, the MadCity Makers, welcome you. We are a group of people that create, build, hack and make things. This can mean sewing, woodworking, laser cutting, electronics, welding, knitting, programming, 3D printing, and so on and so forth.

We have a community workshop, or makerspace, called The Bodgery, at 740 Oscar Ave, where guests are welcome twice a week - free of charge - and members have 24/7 access to tools and the space.

Please check out our classes, events and drop-ins at the makerspace, and drop by sometime to get to know more about us!

Upcoming events (5+)

Craft Night/Open Shop

The Bodgery - OM Station

The Bodgery is open to the public twice a week for Open Shop - Monday and Friday nights. We are located at 740 Oscar Ave, near Packers Ave and Commercial on the former Oscar Mayer property. Monday nights are also a regular meetup for our crafting community. Crafters meet every Monday from 6-8pm to work on our projects (sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, weaving, embroidery, lace-making, etc). All skill levels and forms of crafts welcome. Bring a project and any materials and tools you need to work. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machines, yarn winder, irons, steamer, and more will be available for use during the meetup. All guests must be hosted by a member in the shop area in use. We try to have a second member host available on Mondays for use of the "dirty" shop area for guest use. To use our tools, guests must receive training and be checked off by a qualified member. If you would like to use a tool during an Open Shop and require a check-off, please let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to have a qualified member available. Guest tours happen about every 15 minutes between 6-8pm. Want to become a member? New member orientations are at 8pm every Friday. Reasons to Show Up - pick up a new skill - make new friends… but keep the old - show off your latest masterpiece (oooh, aaah!) - get advice on a project you’ve been struggling with - chip away at that backlog of projects you’ve been meaning to get around to

Beginning Carving Class

The Bodgery - OM Station

$12.00

Beginning Carving Class This class will help the student learn blade control, sharpening knives and chisels, types of chisels and their use. Starting with a simple project will give student all of these skills and the confidence to challenge themselves. WHEN: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday starting on August 3rd, at 7:00pm. Our first project will be a choice of a chain or a ball in a cage. These projects are some of the beginning carvers standard. These will be in basswood a softer easily carved wood, and will be provided for you. The blank will be roughed out so you can start carving the first night. We will go over the fundamentals of keeping a sharp edge on your tools. Safety concerns during your caving sessions. Suggested tools and equipment: • a glove(cut resistant), • thumb guard(can be made first night I can bring materials for those who want to make one), • small bladed knife( x-acto knife is a good starter), • small chisel set, those who are just exploring this art can use a tool of mine(limited number). A great starter knife set can be obtained from harbor freight for 2.99, they also have good starter chisel sets and hobby knife sets for under 20.00. Material fee: $2.00 Suggested donation: $10.00 Those who want to be challenged at the start can layout their blank or use a predrawn blank(let me know which you need). For those that want to continue I will be offering starting classes in relief carving, caricature, 3d carving. Chip carving, love spoons, possibilities are endless. As classes get more advanced classes they will be more discussion and demonstration

Open Shop Night - every Friday!

The Bodgery - OM Station

We are fully open, for tours and guest projects. Guests must be signed off on tools prior to using them, however, so ask about tool check-offs during your tour! Guest tours happen about every 15 minutes between 7-10pm. We are located at 740 Oscar Ave, near Packers Ave and Commercial on the former Oscar Mayer property.

Machining: Basic Lathe Class

The Bodgery

$40.00

There were enough folks waitlisted for this class that Bill Cogger is offering a repeat performance. This class is for beginners on up, covering the operation and use of the SouthBend lathe. Part of the fee will be a reference book on the lathe. It is an excellent reference book on how to perform the many operations capable of being performed on the lathe. This class will be considered to be approval for the BASIC use of the lathe. The fee for members is $32 and for non-members, $40. Maximum class size is 8. Sign up early to get your spot!

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Open Shop Night - every Friday!

The Bodgery - OM Station

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