The Vancouver Hack Space Has Moved!

And it is awesome.

Tuesday night open houses are back on! 1601 Venables St, and the very root of Commercial Drive.

After a tremendous amount of work for the past month, by an extremely casual estimate of 60-100 people, VHS is opening our doors again, every Tuesday night, starting at 7:30.

We are operating a very minimal capacity, so don’t expect some laser time, but come on in, check out the new digs, and maybe help set some stuff up!

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The Vancouver Hack Space is Moving!

That’s right, we have found our new home!

Our new address is 1601 Venables St, right by Commercial Drive. Yes, we are now on the Drive, in the real heart of East Van. What an exciting time.

But we need your help!

This Saturday, January 19th is move-day. Please come on down to our old location, #104-1715 Cook St and help the move efforts!

More information in this thread here. We need a couple more drivers comfortable with 22-foot diesel trucks!

And after that, stay tuned! We’ll have a space-warming-party imminently!

Check out some more in-progress pictures of work on the new space being done on our Instagram:

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WOODTURNING DEMO Featuring Barry Wilkinson from Greater Vancouver Woodturning Guild

Vancouver Hack Space is partnering with the Greater Vancouver Woodturning Guild to bring you a wood turning demo, featuring Barry Wilkinson.

Come and check out our new space, the “Mullet” at 1601 Venables street, and watch a piece of wood blank being turned into a masterpiece right before your eyes!

This event is open to public and everyone is welcome.

18:30 ~ 19:00 Orientation of the new space for newcomers.
19:00 ~ 21:00 Woodturning Demo by Barry

About the presenter:

Barry’s home and workshop is in White Rock, BC where he has lived for the last 44 years. He has been a woodworking artisan for 20 years, initially focusing on flatwork but made the switch to woodturning 9 years ago when he needed a finial & rosettes for a grandfather clock he was making.

He is active with both the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Woodturners Guilds and credit much of his progress to his participation in these associations.

Barry’s hobby reflects an interest in the attempting unusual pieces where the processes to produce them are not immediately obvious (seldom are 2 turnings the same), as well as his passion for attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection in the final finishing of the piece.


If you want to let us know you are coming, please sign up at the Meetup event here:

WOOD TURNING DEMO Feat. Barry Wilkinson from Greater Vancouver Woodturning Guild

Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, 6:30 PM

Vancouver Hack Space
1601 Venable Street Vancouver, bc

9 Hackers Attending

Vancouver Hack Space is partnering with the Greater Vancouver Woodturning Guild to bring you a wood turning demo, featuring Barry Wilkinson. Come and check out our new space, the Mullet at 1601 Venables street, and watch a piece of wood blank being turned into a masterpiece right before your eyes! This event is open to public and everyone is welcom…

Check out this Meetup →


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VHS Members at Eastside Culture Crawl


The Vancouver East Side Culture Crawl is coming up from Nov 15 – 18th. This event features all kinds of artists, designers, artisans, and other creators who work in the Vancouver East Side. Check out these VHSers during the crawl and all the other artists and maker organizations in the crawl area.

Mark Johnston
Vancouver Community Lab

A member of both VHS and Vancouver Community Lab (Colab), Mark is an artist who creates work in a variety of mediums from woodworking to textiles to welding and more.  Most recently he exhibited at the Deer Lake Gallery Luminesence show and will have a number of new works at the crawl. Mark can often be found at laser-cutting at the space and also does a lot of metalwork at Colab. Check out his latest metal creations and more!


Circle Tree by Mark Johnston

Metal Man by Mark Johnston



Baptiste Poncet, Ceiba Design Studio
Parker St studios, studio 490 (ByNature)

Baptiste is an artist and designer who creates work with a strong connection to nature. You may have seen him around the space working on his beautiful laser-cut corner planter or the hops-flower hanging lamp. He is also a print maker and will have some new linocut prints at the crawl as well as a range of laser-cut wooden ornaments and lamps.


Hops Lamp by Baptiste

Print by Baptiste Poncet



Not officially part of the crawl, but in the area and definitely worth checking out are our friends at Tradeworks.  They have an impressive shop setup where they teach woodworking and carpentry skills. Tradeworks also have a Women in Trades program designed to help women transition into carpentry-related trades. They’ll have an open house during the crawl. If you do visit say hi to Steve, who is a longtime friend of VHS.  He’s taught woodworking to many VHS members. Visit the Tradeworks website for more details.

Lasercuts by Tradeworks

Tradeworks Open House


There are many more makers involved in the crawl this year, be sure to check them out. Here is a handy map to navigate the crawl. Have fun!


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West Coast Wood Slabs Walnut Projects

Many thanks to West Coast Wood Slabs for donating beautiful walnut wood scraps to VHS. Thank you! Thanks also to Mike for setting up a Walnut Materials Challenge with those scraps! Here are just some of the beautiful things VHS members made:

Pen and pen holder by Sean.

Salt container by Ignacio.

Container and lid by Ace.

Container with lid by Rahul.

Containers with lids by Mike.

Cuff links by Mike.

Wooden bowl with lid by Mark.

Spindle turned sculpture (with walnut) by Mark.

Laser engraved phone stand by Luke.

A tree for the tree. Made by Logan and Roxy.

Carving mallet by Janet and Mimi.

Walnut necklace with maple inlay by Jake.

Lamp by Hugh.

Container by Eric.

Container with lid by Baptiste.

Visit Instagram to see more VHS projects. If you’re interested in donating furniture-grade hardwood scraps for our materials challenge please contact us. Thank you!

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VHS to take lead in Douglas Island maker hub development

After long and tough negotiations with the greater Vancouver region cities as well as the province, Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) is proud to announce its winning bid for the provincial plans to establish a maker-island on Douglas Island ( This will be in preparation of legislation that is currently under development that will ultimately bar any hacker/maker activity within the city limits of nearly all of the metropolitan Vancouver city councils. Over the next few months, VHS will start reaching out to fellow hacker-/maker-/creative-spaces in the GVRD to establish requirements and timelines for the eventual move. The plans for the development of Douglas Island will include a permanent VMMF structure, as well as member-accommodations and space to build log houses.

Initial construction is to commence early April of 2019.

Posted in Media Release, Press, VMMF

World Create Day 2018 / Super Happy Hacker House 40

Dear everyone! After far too long, Super Happy Hacker House is back.


Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see the VHS space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have. Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We’re also combining this event with World Create Day.

Show and Tell (6pm +)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!

Super Happy Hacker House (8pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.

Lightning talks – (11PM)
A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged.

Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!

1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Vancouver, BC
Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.
This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.

March 17th from Noon till late (2-3 am)

Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.
If you are under the age of majority (19) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of legal drinking age (19), VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 8pm.

Because it is awesome!

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EVENT: Sept 15th. Surface Mount Soldering, 7 – 10 pm, $10


VHS is offering another surface-mount soldering workshop on September 15th, 7 – 10 pm at VHS. Surface-mount components are the small components on top of circuit boards (like your computer motherboard, phone, etc.).

Imagine being able to build your own surface-mount boards or fix your own electronics? SMD gives you that skill.  It’s recommended that you already know how to through-hole solder. Open to everyone, non-members welcome!

Get your ticket now!

What You’ll Make:

You’ll learn how to:

  • solder surface-mount components
  • use a stencil to apply solder paste
  • make circuit boards in the VHS reflow toaster oven
  • be the coolest kid on the block

SIGN UP HERE (only 6 spots available so sign up now)

VHS has always been supportive of folks with limited funds. If this is you, please contact us.

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Soldering at Makerfaire and beyond!

What a great turnout at Maker Faire 2017 last weekend! A big shout out to all the awesome organisers, this is one of the best events of the year in Vancouver, hands down!

We taught kids of all ages to solder, as young as 4, and as old as 80! For those following along at home (we have take-home kits!), here’s the how to solder comic we use, as well as the guide to our VHS Blinky Badge kit. There are usually a few kits at VHS in the vending machine if you’d like to give this project a try.

Want to know how the circuit works?
Check out the Falstad simulator version for a pretty visual representation, or read some words about it here!

Not a member or keyholder? Feel free to swing by on any of our open nights. You can use our soldering stations and teach yourself how to solder. We’ll give you a hand if you need one. See you at the space!

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Visit us at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this weekend!

We’re getting excited to see everyone at VMMF 2017 this weekend, June 10-11!

VHS will be there with our traditional learn-to-solder booth, as well as showcasing a selection of projects built by VHS members. Get your tickets today, and drop by and say hello!

By Jake McIvor

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