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Leather mask-making workshops

Announcing our craftiest workshops yet: wet-molded leather mask-making with Adam Smith! Those of you who know Adam know how exciting this is; for those of you who don’t know him, Adam is a genius mad-scientist/leather-worker/costumer/prop-maker. As far as I can tell, if something is filmed in Toronto and has something in it that’s made out of leather, chances are Adam made it.

The class will cover the various types of leathers and their use, characteristics of different parts of the hide, as well as some of the tools specific to leatherworking. Participants will learn some of the basics of water-molding leather and leather finishing, and if successful will be able to create and finish two molded leather masks. As there is some time needed for the masks to dry enough to finish, we may take also take a look at a variety of other leatherworking tools and their use.

Sign up now!

By Jonathan | 03 January 2011 | interest based classes | | 7 Comments   

Geotagging Photos

Do you like to travel? Do you like to take pictures? Do you like to do both at the same time and want to know what was taken, when and where? If yes, then you should take this course.

Geotagging is the act of inserting the location the picture was taken inside the meta data of the picture. Now you’ll know exactly where all those amazing photos were taken the last time you went hiking, or on vacation, or just walking around town.

High end dSLR cameras have GPS accessories that will automatically insert co-ordinates into pictures. Those accessories cost several hundred dollars and a good dSLR is not a casual purchase.  This course will teach you how to combine any digital camera, an ordinary GPS receiver, and a computer to achieve the same thing. The first half of this course will be a short walk around the neighbourhood to take sample pictures. In the second part you’ll learn how to tag the pictures you took, most importantly you’ll learn to do this in an automated fashion, so that tagging one picture is as easy as tagging hundreds.

By the end of the course you’ll know how to:

  • Manually insert longitude and latitude into pictures you’ve taken
  • Upload GPS tracks from your receiver to your computer
  • Display those tracks on a map to see an exact route of where you’ve been
  • Combine the tracks with the pictures you took to create geotagged photos
  • Export those pictures to programs like Google Earth

For this class you will need:

  • a digital camera
  • a hand held GPS receiver (with the accompanying cables)
  • a laptop
  • freely available software (preferably downloaded before class)

(If you do not have a GPS receiver the teacher will provide you with a track log from theirs, if you can’t bring a laptop you’ll be walked through how to do these things on a desktop.)

Course fee: $35
Course length: One class lasting 2 – 3h
Class size: 3 – 10 students
Scheduling: On demand, please contact marc.reevenewson(AT)gmail(DOT)com to arrange times.

By shardy | 21 December 2010 | interest based classes,learning,news | | 0 Comments   

Lightning Talks and Mixer Party are this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 16th, at 7:00PM, Site 3 is hosting its very first Lightning Talks event. An elcectic lineup of speakers will each give quick, pithy, five-minute talks on topics of their choosing. So come on down to listen to the likes of:

Seth Hardy on Flame Effects
Jonathan Guberman on his magical typewriter
Tom Hobson on Tube Amps
Amanda Stock on starting the Toronto Steampunk Society
Mark Rabo on on bridging communities with Gamer Camp
Nola McConnan on how to draw a straight line without a ruler
Alex Leitch on logo design and theory
Kate Hartman on hugging glaciers and other wearables

…and MORE.

Following the talks, there will be an awesome mixer party! You’ll have a chance to talk to all the interesting speakers, mingle amongst one another, and generally have a wonderful time.

RSVP on the Facebook event page!

By Hobgob | 11 October 2010 | events,learning | , , | 0 Comments   

Introduction to stained glass

Interested in learning to create stained glass windows but don’t want to buy all the expensive equipment? Take our introduction to stained glass course! You’ll learn to design, cut, and fabricate your own stained glass projects under the tutelage of Site 3 member Dana Sarafinchan.  During three sessions of two hours each we will teach you the terminology, equipment, and skills to complete a copper-foil window hanging for your home. We’ll supply everything you’ll need and then some; you just need show up and enjoy the company while learning a new skill at your own pace!

Course fee: $120 + HST (includes all materials)

Class sizes range from one-on-one to groups of up to four.

Scheduling: To schedule, please contact Dana directly by emailing dsarafinchan@ this domain.

By Jonathan | 30 July 2010 | Featured,interest based classes,learning | | 0 Comments   

Electronics Workshop with Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers

Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers are coming to Toronto, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting one of their famous “learn to solder” workshops at Site 3! They’ll be joining us at next week’s open house: Thursday, August 5th, starting at around 7:00. Best of all, the workshop is FREE! You just pay the cost of materials, $10-30 depending on which kit you choose! Mitch has taught thousands of people to solder and make cool things at his workshops all around the world. He can teach you, too, if you like.

If you have ever had any curiosity about making something with electronics, then please join us. Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. And it’s fun. And easy! You can learn to make something cool with electronics in one workshop, and take your cool project home with you!

There will be plenty of cool kits available to build, including:

* TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
* Brain Machine (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)
* LEDcube (cool cube of blinky lights!)
* Mignonette Game (play fun games!)
* Trippy RGB Waves (interactive colored blinky lights!)
* MiniPOV (more cool blinky lights!)
* MintyBoost (charge your USB enabled gadgets!)

and for the more advanced:

* microcontroller programmers (program all your AVR family chips!), Arduino clones (make just about anything!), and more.

More info on most of most of these projects is available on Mitch’s website: http://www.CornfieldElectronics.com (click on the “maker faire” tab).

Mitch is the brains behind Cornfield Electronics, and one of the co-founders of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco. Mitch is best known as the inventor of TV-B-Gone, but his list of great hacks and cool electronics includes a lot of other great projects. When he is not at Noisebridge building awesome and amazing things, he is on the road from hackerspace to Hacker-Con and back again, sharing his love of electronics.

In summary:

Learn to solder electronics kits with the famous Mitch Altman at Site 3 coLaboratory. Stop by our open house anytime after 7:00 on Thursday, August 5th, choose a kit for $10-30, and we’ll help you build it! Everyone is welcome!

RSVP’s are not necessary, but are appreciated. You can do so for free (or with an optional donation) here. Please note: this registration is just for our information, and does not guarantee a spot; it looks like we’re going to be busy, and it’ll be first-come, first-served. That said, the workshops will be happening for several hours, so hopefully if we share soldering irons we’ll be able to accommodate everyone. Worst-case scenario, you can buy a kit from Mitch and we’ll help you put it together some other time!

By Jonathan | 30 July 2010 | events,learning | | 6 Comments   

Intro to KiCad: Designing Your Own Printed Circuit Boards

We’ve got another upcoming workshop:

Intro to KiCad: Designing Your Own Printed Circuit Boards

KiCad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) – designing schematics of electronic circuits and printed circuit boards (PCB). It is similar to the popular EAGLE design software, but is completely free and has no restrictions on size and commercial use.

This workshop is an introduction to KiCad, where we will cover all steps of creating a PCB for a simple electronic circuit:

* Using eeschema to create a circuit schematic
* Creating new parts and part libraries
* Using cvpcb to assign footprints to components
* Creating new footprint modules
* Using pcbnew to lay out the PCB and components
* Using gerbview to verify the Gerber files used for fabrication
* Resources for board fabrication

If you’re interested in moving from breadboards to custom PCBs for your project, this workshop is for you.

More details and registration at:


By shardy | 23 July 2010 | learning | | 0 Comments   
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