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FIRE!!!!

FCW is just beyond the fire truck on the lower floor.

On July 21 at around 7PM, the building containing FCW was totally destroyed by fire.  Apparently it started in a rear corner, then spread up the back side before spreading forward and destroying FCW.  In addition to us, there were several businesses, a couple of warehouses, a few residential apartments, and over two hundred storage units in the building.  Fortunately, at this time, it appears that nobody was injured.

However, FCW is down for a while.  The early consensus of the board is that we will rebuild and like the Phoenix “rise from the ashes”.  Exact details will be worked out over the next few weeks.  In the meantime, donations of money and equipment will be accepted (Remember that FCW is a 501(c)( 3) non-profit organization.

All classes and workshops are canceled for the near future as we clean up, salvage anything possible and look for a new home.

UPDATE:  It appears that at least one piece of equipment survived.  Our R5 Ham Radio Antenna remains proudly perched on its beam.  Now if we only still had a radio….

The current estimate is that we will be able to survey the damage on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2017-07-23

A Members Meeting discussed the rebuilding of FCW today.  Here are a few key points.

  • FCW will rebuild – eventually having more interest areas than before.
  • Top priority is finding a new space – this one should require little renovation for us to start using.
  • Scheduled events (hamfest, makerfaires. etc.) will be attended as planned, but with a smaller display focused toward the rebuild.
  • Classes will be delayed for about a month, then start being scheduled again, depending on resources.
  • The Common area (lounge), Woodworking, Electronics, and the Ham Station will come on line first.
  • The Railroad will be rebuilt (HO gage) but will be used also for classes to instill interest in trains and making.
  • Equipment priorities after a space is found are the computers and laser cutter.  Woodworking, electronics, science, and stagecraft (art) will be built up as resources permit.
  • Everyone should be in “scrounge mode”, look out for possible locations, watch for possible deals or donations, and spread the word that FCW is far from dead.
  • There is a slight chance that some of the equipment can be salvaged/repaired.  Ben will bring a drone down this week to see if we can get a better look.
  • A Slack group is being set up for those who would like to be involved, have ideas, or just want information.  Members will be invited automatically. Others should email  info@foothillscommunityworkshop.org
  • I’ll try to get some pictures specific to our damage on Tuesday.

Here are some additional pictures

The Old Shuford Mills Building Fire (07-21-2017)…

Posted by Caldwell Journal on Friday, July 21, 2017

 

And a drone flyover.

Drone flyover aftermath  https://youtu.be/cOyEDbRDpbE

More recent drone flyover:  Zooming up, you can see both laser cutters, the shelving supports in the fab lab and StM (computer museum), the mill and lathe in the machine shop, part of the large bandsaw in the woodshop, both fume hoods, the large oven, the autoclave and a metal cart in the science lab, and a light in the stagecraft area.    https://youtu.be/0aHt01O719k    

Update 7/30/2017

Additional drone footage (I can’t post it yet)  allowed us to id   a cabinet, computer rack, and A/C compressor in the fab lab; the welder, 18″ planer, suction, and a tool box in the cave;, the transformer and instructors desk the classroom; and a power supply and the Pace rework station in the common area.  Nothing can be salvaged.

Meetings have resumed  on Saturdays and Wednesdays.  We have a lead on a temporary space until we can find a building, and multiple leads on replacement equipment.

At the 2017 Field Day, a brief tour was done of FCW.  This is the last known video before the fire.  The mics being used failed during the interview portion so there is voice over description.  This video was done by Gary Pearce of Ham Radio Now on Youtube.  Do realize that we had be up over 24 hours for Field Day at the time.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4SNngKsB8f7MFluTVJBclRBcnc

Here is the current picture of the FCW entrance.

FCW entrance after the fire

Ham Radio Field Day – 2017

Once again, FCW via Amateur Radio station K4FCW will participate in Field Day from Saturday,  June 24 at 2 PM thru Sunday, June 25 at 2 PM.  Field Day was created by the ARRL and encourages Hams in North America to:

  • Set up under emergency conditions
  • Test equipment
  • Promote Amateur Radio
  • Socialize
  • Practice contest techniques

Even though FCW is not a “portable” setup, it is not a normal station location.  For 24 hours, participants will be contacting hams across North America (and a few other countries) to accumulate points in the contest.

If you are a ham, interested in ham radio, or just curious, this is a good opportunity to get on the air and see why many people still enjoy ham radio as a hobby or a public service.

The event starts at 2PM on Saturday.  Drop by for a while and check out the activity.  This event is free and open to the public.

Open House, June 2, 5-9PM and June 3, 10AM-6PM

FCW will have a Spring Open House on Friday, June 2, 5-9PM and Saturday, June 3,  10AM-6PM.   Though visitors are welcome at any time, at the open houses an extra effort is made to present what FCW has to offer.

At the Open House:

  • There will be food – burgers and hotdogs on Fri, regular meal on Sat.
  • The Railroad will be operating.
  • Demos will be in the Electronics and Science areas.
  • The laser cutter will be operating.
  • The Ham station will be operating.
  • There will be tours and activities.
  • There will be special membership offers.

Areas available for use at FCW include:

  • A machine shop with CNC mill
  • A wood shop with 2 CNC routers and traditional tools.
  • An electronics shop.
  • A Ham Radio station (K4FCW)
  • A Science Lab for Chemistry, Physics, and Biology and support.
  • A Stagecraft shop for props, sets, costumes, SFX, lights, sound.
  • A HO scale model railroad
  • A technical library
  • A Fabrication lab with laser cutter and 3d printer.
  • A vintage computer museum.
  • A classroom.

Things are always changing at FCW.  The woodshop has been overhauled, the Science Lab and Stagecraft shops are close to starting up, new machines have been added to the computer museum, and the electronics area has expanded.  There is also new equipment provided by grants and some exciting plans for the near future.

For more information contact info@foothillscommuntiyworkshop or call (828) 351-2551.

FCW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

FCW Open House, Dec 16, 17

Open house dec 2012-1FCW will be having an Open House on Friday, December 16 from 5-9PM and Saturday, Decamber 17 from 10AM to 6PM.  Though visitors are welcome any time, at the open houses we make a special effort to display the many areas of FCW.  There will be:

  • Food
  • Demonstrations of various equipment including the laser cutter and CNC routers.
  • Tours
  • Activities
  • Special membership deals
  • the  railroad wil be operating
  • the Ham radio station will demonstrate digital modes
  • there will be displays in the electronics and science areas

The Open House is free to the public.   Here is a poster for those who would like to assist with “spreading the word” open-house-half-poster-1-201612

 

CS-First Class: Storytelling, June 15,16

FCW is pleased to host a Google CS-First session on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 from 4PM – 8:30PM.   CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) by using the block based Scratch language from MIT.

The program is intended for ages 9-14.  The class and materials are free.   More information on CS-First can be found at http://www.cs-first.com  .   To reserve a slot or get additional information, contact Michelle at gms@foothillscommunityworkshop.org or (828) 754-5002.

Spring Open House – June 3-4

Open house dec 2012-1FCW will be having an OPEN HOUSE on Friday, June 3 from 5PM – 9PM and Saturday, June 4 from 10AM – 6PM.

Though visitors are welcome at FCW any time someone is there, at the open houses, extra effort is expended to promote the facilities, expertise and equipment available and the benefits of joining FCW.   At the open house there will be:

  • Demos of multiple machines, the laser cutter, 3d printer, CNC router, robots.
  • Tours of the facility.
  • Displays in the science  and electronics areas.
  • Demos of the Ham Radio station.
  • Persons operating the railroad.
  • Food and activities for all.
  • Special deals for membership.

Featured at this open house are the Science and Stagecraft areas being completed and the re-structured woodshop.

Invite your friends, associates, co-workers, family, anyone who may be interested in Science, Engineering, Technology or Arts.  The open house is free and open to the public.

Here is a poster for the open house.  It should be printed then cut in half to form two posters.    Open-house-half-poster-1-201606-small

Open House, Dec 11 and 12

OpenHouse-Dec2014FCW will have an Open House on Friday, December 11, from 5-9PM and Saturday, December 12, from 10AM to 6PM.  Even though visitors are welcome at any time, at the open house FCW will have food and special demonstrations, including:

  • The Railroad will be operating
  • The Amateur Radio station  will be operating
  • There will be demos of the laser cutter, 3D printer, robots and CNC routers.

There will be food, tours of the space, demos, activities, and special offers.   New areas open include the science lab, the stagecraft shop, and a kid’s area.  The open house is free and open to the public.  Check the website or call 828-351-4225 for directions.

Ham Radio Field Day 2015

FD-2012-croppedOnce again, FCW via Amateur Radio station K4FCW will participate in Field Day from Saturday,  June 27 at 2 PM thru Sunday, June 28 at 2 PM.  Field Day was created by the ARRL and encourages Hams in North America to:

  • Set up under emergency conditions
  • Test equipment
  • Promote Amateur Radio
  • Socialize
  • Practice contest techniques

Even though FCW is not a “portable” setup, it is not a normal station location.  For 24 hours, participants will be contacting hams across North America (and a few other countries) to accumulate points in the contest.

If you are a ham, interested in ham radio, or just curious, this is a good opportunity to get on the air and see why many people still enjoy ham radio as a hobby or a public service.

The event starts at 2PM on Saturday.  Drop by for a while and check out the activity.  This event is free and open to the public.

FCW sponsors Google Event

Foothills Community Workshop sponsoring a Google I/O extended event at Howard Brewery, in Lenoir, on May 28th. Google I/O, it’s Google’s annual software development conference held in Mountain View, CA, and live streamed across the globe. Google will be streaming the event in Lenoir  for those who are interested in watching and participating. The event is free and open to the public.

When: May 28, 2015

Where:  Upstairs at Howard Brewery, Downtown Lenoir

Sponsors:

Google, CCC&TI, ASU, Lenoir-Rhyne,  Foothills Community Workshop


What is Google I/O?

Google I/O is for developers—the creative coders who are building what’s next. Together we’ll explore the latest in tech, mobile & beyond. https://events.google.com/io2015/

I/O is two days of hands-on interaction with the latest technologies, inspirational talks and a few surprises in between.


What is Google I/O Extended?

I/O Extended events may include live streamed sessions, local developer demos, hackathons and more. https://events.google.com/io2015/offsite

FCW Open House – May 22, 23

 

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FCW will have an Open House on Friday, May 22, 5-9PM and Saturday, May 23, 10AM-6PM.

Even though visitors are welcome any time, at the Open Houses, every effort is made to ensure that all the interest areas are active and can be demonstrated.  Featured at this Open House are:

  • Food
  • The railroad will be operational
  • The Ham station will be operating with digital modes
  • Demos of the CNC routers, 3d printer and laser cutter
  • The Model-2 robot, designed and built for education
  • Games and activities
  • Special offers on membership

Also being shown are the start of our two latest areas: The Science Lab, and the Prop/Costume shop.

This event is free and open to the public.  Check the website for directions or call 828-351-HACK.