Wed Aug. 21st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Pacific Woodworker’s Guild Meeting & Woodburning Presentation

What: Pacific Woodworker’s Guild Meeting (details)
When: Wed, August 21st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Hack Space, 1601 Venables St.
Who: All skill-levels  including beginners!
Cost: free for first-timers/guild members/VHS members, $5 otherwise

Join us for a fun-filled night of wood-working show-and-tell including a presentation on Woodburning/Pyrography.

Feature Presentation: Woodburning/Pyrography by John Hammond

You’ll learn:

  • how to get started
  • equipment required
  • surface prep & image transfer
  • post-burn project finishing
  • ventilation & safety
  • and much more!

Bottom-liner: Janet
Members: a reminder that there is no loud/disruptive use of the space during meetings, especially power-tool use. :-)


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Super Happy Hacker House 41! The Sorta-Secret Soft-Open

When: August 17, 2019

We’re in the home stretch, guys and gals. We have our equipment moved in, up and running; we’ve exorcised most of the upholstery-geist’s handiwork, and now have a very workable workshop. We can be proud of how far we’ve come. Now it’s time to have the neighbours over and properly introduce ourselves. If you have a friend or a coworker that you think would be into this place, please invite them too!

Event Schedule:

Noon-6 PM: Open House

8 PM: SHHH party, “Invite only”; doors closed to uninvited walk-up traffic. BYOB, and maybe some to share.

11 PM: Lighting Talks! (Call for challenge coins!)

This will be a casual, low-key affair, mostly about introducing ourselves to the neighbours, and giving them ideas about what they could do here.

Bring your projects to show off the kinds of things that we can do at the space!

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Sunday July 7th, noon – 7 pm: VHS at Commercial Drive Car Free Day!


Kids learning to solder at Car Free Day 2018. Check out that cool lasercut dino.

Join us at Commercial Drive Car Free Day!

Learn to solder! Make buttons with our button maker! Learn more about the tools you can use at VHS to make, hack, and repair and all the interesting things our members get up to. The VHS booth is located at the corner of Commercial Drive and 4th. We’re  right next to the fine folks at Free Geek Vancouver.

But wait, there’s more!

The  festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring:

  • amazing local artisans
  • musicians
  • community activities
  • delicious food
  • tons of entertainment
  • and activities for all ages.

Visit VHS on our FREE Public Open Nights

You’re always welcome at any of our FREE public Tuesday Night Open Nights from 7:30 – 10:30pm. It’s a great way to meet our members and check out our laser cutter, 3D printers, wood-shop, metal-shop, electronics area, and lots of other fun stuff!

See you soon at the Vancouver Hack Space.


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Bringing Fire to Burning Man Chat Night

Do you go to Burning Man? Do you want to? Do you bring Fire Art? Do you want to?
Get a crash course in what you need to know about the processes and red tape behind bringing Fire to Black Rock City. (You’ll leave knowing that YOU CAN DO IT TOO!)
Learn more about the Fire Art Safety Team and what is expected of you as an artist.
Join Carly Brummitt and Chelsea Barrie as they share the experience of bringing Open Fire, Flame Effects and Pyrotechnics to playa, and let you know what to expect with your own art.
If you have a project or plans you’d like to bring with you, they would be happy to look over them with the group and offer tips, tricks and resources.
Two-second resume: Chelsea has volunteered with F.A.S.T. since 2012 and is currently part of the team that oversees Flame Effects coming to the event. Carly and Chelsea, (ProFX Inc / Fireworks Spectaculars Canada / Howard and Sons Australia), brought Open Fire, Flame Effects and Pyro for Mazu: Goddess of the Empty Sea in 2015. Previous to that Chelsea worked on Temple 2011, the Pier 2 and was the Burn Lead on Embrace.
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VHS to set sail for the future!

With the move to the new location at 1601 Venables Street successfully completed, Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) has decided to change its course for future endeavours. During the EGM that was held last Saturday and went on into the early hours of Sunday morning, the membership has unanimously decided to refocus VHS’ efforts, moving away from the traditional hackerspace activities such as 3D printing, casting, electronics, metal working and welding, to fully commit itself and its facilities, to the following uses and focus points:

  • boating
  • furniture
  • upholstery
  • woodworking
  • other suggested activities include, but not limited to, are:
    • non-professional dentistry and other medical practices
    • aviation

With this change in course, VHS hopes to attract and accommodate the nouveau rich and a more wealthy demographic in general, and hopes to thus to contribute to the effects of the gentrification of the upper Commercial Drive area at large.

VHS, its board of directors and its membership, wish everyone a smooth sailing!

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Super Small Happy Hacker House SSHHH March 30th 2019

Dear everyone! We have a new space, and its mostly set up, we should have a party!

This is a smaller party to celebrate the new location, and to warm our way up to our big 10th anniversary party that is coming later this Summer.


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.

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!

Small Super Happy Hacker House (8pm – Late)
Small Super Happy Hacker House (SSHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, 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!

Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly – 7 Oct 13

Nerds, start your engines.

1601 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC
Limited street parking is available just outside the space on Venables and Woodland Drive. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike rack outside the front door.

March 30th, 2019 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.

Because it is awesome!

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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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