Foothills Community Workshop is a 501(c)3 hackerspace in Granite falls. Located in the Old Shuford Mill (a former cotton mill), FCW currently has 4000+ sq ft in the basement of one of the buildings. Founded in August 2011, FCW currently has:
An electronics shop
A Ham Radio Station – K4FCW
A technical library
A CNC machine shop
A CNC woodworking shop
A model railroad
Fabrication equipment including a 3D printer, laser cutter, and welder
FCW currently has over 30 members ranging in age from high school to nearly 80. The backgrounds are an eclectic mix including former and current: teachers; programmers; engineers; technicians; furniture workers; truckers; musicians; business people and others. The common desire is to learn from others, teach skills, and make projects.
Regular meetings are Tuesdays at 7PM and Saturdays at 3PM. Often, members arrive early and stay late. Visitors are welcome anytime a member is at the site.