Entries by Jeannette Jaquish (95)


Welcome to the many Maker Spaces at TekVenture!

TekVenture's new larger facility is chock full of tools, material and equipment!

WoodWorx, MetalWorx, The Hot Shop (for blacksmithing and welding), ElectroWorx (for electronics and robotics), Sewing, ClayWorx (with 7 pottery wheels and lots of kilns, clay and glazes), 3-D Printing, Computer Aided Design including the Adobe apps, T-Shirt Screen Printing, a Theatrical Stage, a Huge Event Hall, more tools, hardware, and elbow room! 

PERFORMANCE of "The Damsel Game" and "Strange Time at the Science Fair", plus games and making crafts and clay work, Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11, 5 to 7pm. DETAILS

For a LOW monthly MEMBERSHIP you can use every tool in the building, getting trained by friendly volunteers on the dangerous tools.   Many members sell their works at places like Farmers' Markets -- See photos at EVENTS.

HOURS: Wed-Sun. 1 to 8pm.      PHONE: 260-409-7328 .      LOCATION:  1550 Griffin St.

Visit us and take a tour at 1550 Griffin St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46803, ttps://goo.gl/maps/9g2uUELEJUN2  in the old River City area, east of downtown. From the north, go south on Tecumseh St. over the Tecumseh bridge. Or from Berry St. going west, or from Wayne St. going east, go north on Coombs St., until you see our sign & arrow. For another view, including downtown, go to http://tekventure.org/the-makerspace/ .

The former locations on Broadway (the vacuum cleaner shop) and the Maker Station (across the street from the Allen County Main Library) are no longer open.


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CLAYWORX: New Workshop Area at TekVenture Offers "POTTERY FREE THROW" Sessions

April 2017!

ClayWorx is a new ceramics workshop featured in TekVenture's new location at 1550 Griffin Street in the area of River City.  Ceramicist Tom Sherbondy is working to build on his legacy in establishing at TekVenture a fully functional ceramics workshop accessible to the public.  "CLAYWORX" is being equipped with electric and manual pottery wheels, kilns, wedging table, slab roller, glazing area, work tables and other tools for use by all who wish to create with clay.  An adjacent "gallery" is planned for display of ClayWorx artworks.

TekVenture members will be able to use the ClayWorx facilities almost daily. Those wanting instruction will be able to choose from a number of introductory and advanced workshop sessions currently being planned. Artists and other geeks are encouraged to join TekVenture for repeated use of ClayWorx and other facilities.

To introduce the public to ClayWorx, during the Month of April, Tom is inviting all who are interested to sign up for a three session "Pottery Free Throw" at TekVenture. For no charge or membership requirement, folks can make a clay object either by hand-building or using the wheel before firing their objects in the kiln. At the second session, participants will glaze their object for re-firing. At the third session they may collect their piece and receive constructive criticism and inspiration for further commitment. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothing and bring a towel for cleaning their workspace and tools.

Pottery Free Throw sessions can include up to four people in each group of three sessions. Friends and Family members are encouraged to sign up. Home Schoolers, Veterans, clubs, artists and past members of TekVenture are also invited to sign up. All ages are welcome!

Pottery Free Throw sessions of two hours can be scheduled Monday - Friday 10 am - Noon, 2 pm - 4 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm, and Saturday mornings 10 am - Noon.

For reservations call Tom at 260.580.1964


ARCH*TEK Preservation Expo Set for April 1, 2017 at the New TekVenture Location

Presented by:

ARCH*TEK, a joint effort of Fort Wayne's historic preservation group, ARCH, and Fort Wayne's TekVenture


  • 1550 Griffin St, Fort Wayne, IN  46803 (previously occupied by the River City Night Club, next to the volleyball courts)


    • Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


  • Featured Speaker:  David Hayles, a world class expert on scagliola, a faux marble ornamental plastering technique, that is one of the many features of Fort Wayne's Allen County Courthouse.  His work is part of many royal institutions in the UK and the US Capitol building.  He will be selling and signing his recent book "Confessions of an Ornamental Plasterer" at the expo.  

  • Demonstrations of historic preservation and restoration techniques
    • Agenda / Sessions / Demonstrations (April 1, 2017)
      • 10:00 am          Molding Restoration
      • 10:00 am          Plaster Repair
      • 11:00 am          Featured Demonstrator, David Hayles - Scagliola
      • 12:00 noon       Landscaping / Gardening
      • 12:00 noon       Electricily
      • 1:00 pm            Window & Door Restoration
      • 2:00 pm            Energy Efficiency / LEED
      • 2:00 pm            Simplx Security
      • 3:00 pm            Featured Demonstrator, David Hayles - Scagliola
      • All day               Chimney Pot & Blacksmith Demonstrations
      • Concessions Available


    See also article from Fort Wayne News Sentinel:  

    "TekVenture's New Location Gives Makers More Space, Options"

    And Allen County Courthouse feature "Doing Our Part for Generations to Come"



    TekVenture is Relocating to New Location at Fort Wayne's River City

    TekVenture is in the final stages of moving to its new larger facility in the former River City Night Club, east of the intersection of Coombs and Tecumseh streets, just east of downtown, at 1550 Griffin St, next to the volleyball courts.  It will open April 1, 2017, hosting a joint ARCH*TEK Preservation Expo with ARCH, the local historic preservation group.  The new facility will provide a much expanded area of 13,000 square feet, compared to its previous location which provided 4,500 square feet at the old vacuum cleaner shop on Broadway, next to the old General Electric facilities.


    The new location will provide space for significant additional capabilites, including a new ceramics shop, expo/meeting space with a stage, along with much expanded space for the metal working, wood working, and electronics/robotics.  The new "clean space" will provide expanded area for 3D printing, 3D scanning, egg printing, sewing, and smaller meetings.  

    The new expo/meeting space will allow TekVenture to host expos along with the potential of meeting space for other organizations.


     TekVenture is made up of many shops, workspaces, meeting spaces and show places.


     The HOTSHOP is set up for welding with MIG, Arc, and Oxyacetylene.  Weldging to be experienced by Women & everyone!  Learn blacksmithing arts with forge.  Mold your broken part and pour hot Aluminum!  Other tools include press, benders stake table and Pexto.


    Access band saw, table saw, radial saw, joiner, drill press, 2 wood lathes, shaper, jig saws, mortising press, picture frame miter cutter, many hand and power hand tools, and CNC router table.


    Get your hands on clay and engage the are and science of Ceramics.  Hand build or use the foot-powered or electric potters wheels, slab roller, kilns, and experience with glazes.  Special access for qualified persons with disabilities.




    Learn to machine metal!  Make your parts on 4 Mills, (2 CNC,) , Drill presses, 3 lathes, Marvel metal band saw, Grinders, Shaper, Presses, Injection molder, comparator, hand tools, tooling and mentors.


    Design your widget on computers using CAD (computer aided design). Use 3D printers and full-body scanner,  EggBot® digital drawing,  Vacuum forming, sew leather on an industrial sewing machine or make graphic buttons.




    ARCH*TEK II Last Restoration Workshop Happens Saturday Aug. 20th!



    Summer Projects are undertaken by TekVenture Makers inviting others to assist in building their project.  Participants in some Projects may build their own version of the Project supplying their own materials. A nominal contribution of $10 is asked to participate in any Project workshop.

    Check the Workshops page at this website for details. Below: just one of many engaging workshops!


    Build Your 25 ft. Mobile Crane       Aug 3 Thu. 4 Noon              Bolakowski

    Building a 25' personal crane on the back of a trailer by adding an A-frame and winch to an existing trailer to form a 30' crane. Come and help or just observe. 


    ARCH*TEK II Restoration Workshops Continue!




    Find us at:

    1800 Broadway, Fort Wayne IN 46802

    Call for any questions or event updates 260-432-1095




    3 July Sun        STROLL ON BROADWAY 1 PM - 5 PM Take a stroll down broadway stopping at various venues to hear music, drink liquids, munch food and enjoy all that Broadway has to offer.   Make a button and take a tour of TekVenture workshops. Was a big success as over 100 visited TekVenture!

    8 July Fri          THREE RIVERS FESTIVAL   CELEBRATE MAKING AT TEKVENTURE! TekVenture will be open everyday of Three Rivers Festival. See demonstrations of machining, forging, 3D printing, wood turning, robotics and more.  Join TekVenture and get a 20% discount when you sign up for a workshop session to take place after 3 Rivers Festival. As of Tuesday 12 July over 300 people have visited TekVenture!

    9 July Sat    10am-2pm  BIKE TUNE UP AGAIN! Bring your bike to TekVenture to learn from experienced bike mechanics how to repair and maintain your bicycle. Co-Sponsored event TekVenture and Bike Friendly Fort Wayne offer a workshop on Saturday July 2nd from 10am - 2pm.

    ARCH*TEK II WORKSHOPS  Four More Sessions July and August!                                                          Do you Live in an antique house? Join these next four Retoration Workshops co-sponsoered by ARCH and TekVenture and solve your restoration problems. Subjects include Trim Repair, Tuck Pointing, Window Restoration, Porch and Steps Repair, among others.

    **All ARCH*TEK II All workshops will be held at the Fairfield Nestel House located at 815 West Creighton on a hill on the South side of Creighton Avenue just East of the Zesto Ice Cream shop at intersetion of Creighton and Broadway.

    16 July Sat      ARCH*TEK II  9AM - Noon SIDING & TRIM REPAIR** Siding replacement, painting preparation, caulking and more; trim and good paint work is what makes your antique house stand out!

    23 July Sat       ARCH*TEK II 9AM - Noon  TUCK POINTING MASONRY**with Tim Domer; is the mortar falling out of your bricks so its beginning to look like your bricks are supported on air? Check out this workshop! info@archfw.org for location.



    13 Aug Sat          BIKE TUNE UP 10 AM - Noon      Bike and BMX Repair and Tune Ups Bring your bike to TekVenture to learn from experienced bike mechanics how to repair and maintain your bicycle. Co-Sponsored event TekVenture and Bike Friendly Fort Wayne

    13 Aug Sat       ARCH*TEK II 9AM - Noon WINDOW RESTORATION** This workshop will open your window on window removel, weight and rope replacement, sill replacement, re-glazing and re-caulking and more. info@archfw.org for location.

    20 Aug Sat       ARCH*TEK II 9AM - Noon PORCH AND STEPS** Does your porch sag and invite animal residents? Are your steps out of step? Two carpenters with restoration experience will show you how to fix it all. info@arachfw.org  for location. 








    SPRING INTO MAKING! Workshops Program Now Open! 







    TekVenture is excited to announce a brand new partnership with ARCH!  Together we will host a series of hands-on preservation workshops. These workshops will give attendees a hands-on experience that benefits those who want or need to restore their home, as well as homeowners seeking to improve do-it-yourself skills. This spring, ARCH and TekVenture have lined up four workshops that any historic homeowner will find useful.  It is our hope that these workshops help individuals, whether experienced in these trades or beginners, gain insight into some common restoration topics that concern historic building owners.

    The workshops will be taught by Charles Loew, a volunteer at TekVenture who oversees their WoodWorx wood shop. Growing up in a c. 1850s farmhouse; Charles was exposed to historic restoration at a young age and has continued to work in the field.  He worked in a machine shop for several years and now works for local contractors, specializing in restoration.

    Admission is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

    All workshops will be held at TekVenture, located at 1800 Broadway, Fort Wayne.

    Tickets for each workshop are $10.00 for ARCH members, $16.00 for TekVenture Members and $20.00 for non-members.

    Purchase tickets at    archfw.org/events.            

    Tickets for all four workshops are now on sale


    Apr 16 9 to noon -- Hand Tools:  An introduction to hand tool use with an emphasis on use in carpentry on historic buildings.  Topics will include measuring and marking, the use of planes and chisels, and hand-held power tools, such as drills and saws.  This class is intended for beginning to moderately experienced students.

    Apr 23 9 to noon -- Moldings:  Frequently in renovation one needs to match some existing molding.  This course will cover how to make molding to match a sample by multiple-pass methods using a router, shaper, scratch stock, and table-saw molding head.  Creating period-appropriate molding through built-up stock will also be covered as well installation, including cutting cope joints for inside corners.

    May 7 9 to noon -- Doors:  Doors that work well are seldom noticed, but those that don't are a constant annoyance.  This class will cover how to hang and adjust a typical wooden door.  Common door problems and repair to the door itself will be covered.  Door hardware will be discussed.

    May 14 9 to noon -- Windows:  The class will focus on repair to double-hung and fixed windows.  Traditional wood sash can be repaired by replacing just the damaged elements.  This may be simply removing and replacing glass, or might involve replacing damaged wooden elements.  Cords for sash weights are replaceable. Weatherizing will also be discussed.