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Workshop: Leather and Lasers – Passport Wallet, November 22nd Noon-5pm

We’ve been playing around for a while with using the laser cutter to make leathercraft projects. It works really well!


We’ll be running a workshop to learn the basics.

The workshop will be November 22nd starting at noon, and running until about 5.

Here’s the prototype for what we’ll be making:



It’s a travel wallet sized to hold a Passport, a few cards, and some room for currency or papers.

In the workshop you will:

  • Learn how to use Fusion 360 to design a pattern to laser cut
  • Make your own leather passport wallet
    • Dying the leather
    • Conditioning
    • Saddlestitching to assemble the wallet.

We will also discuss etching – leather etches really well, perfect for customizing.

What you’ll get:
– Pre-Cut Leather for the passport wallet
– Dye and Oil/Soap
– Thread
– Needles

No experience or equipment is required.


  • $65 + processing fees for members of VHS
  • $75 + processing fees for non-members

signup here:

If there’s a lot of interest, this is a workshop that can be run again.

See the thread on VHS Talk for any questions.

Learn you some Git & GitHub!


Mystified by the ‘Pull Request’ button on GitHub?

Confused by merging, rebasing, committing, pulling, and pushing?

Want to learn a bit more about Git and GitHub?

Come on down! Sean Hagen will be teaching you how to use Git, including some awesome gems that have saved his bacon in the past.

About Git:

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 @ 8pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you

There will be a $5 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

VHS Open Nights for post-Maker Faire week

We’ve wrangled ourselves together and got our ducks in a row to have the space open every night this week (Monday June 8th – Friday June 12th) from 7:30pm-10pm as a bit of a post-Maker Faire bonus for people wanting to check out and learn more about our space, or work on their own projects.

Unfortunately nobody passed this message on to our grumpy doorbot, who’s refusing to accommodate such last-minute requests. As such, if you can’t get in during these times please phone the space on +1 (778) 330-1234 and someone will leap into action and get you through the Door of Doom and lead you safely down the Hallway of Peril!

Find us here:

Workshop: Arduino 1-Wire


Have you ever wanted to record the temperature with your Arduino? What about the humidty? Maybe you’re more interested in motion detection, or maybe you want to detect water leaks.

1-wire sensors to the rescue! There are many types of sensors that use the 1-wire protocol, which lets you hook up many sensors to a single input on your Arduino. These types of sensors can also handle longer wire lengths, so that you can place the sensors further away from your Arduino without issue.

In this workshop, we’ll be going over the following:

  • Installing the 1-Wire Arduino library
  • Reading the 1-Wire device ID
  • Reading values from a device
  • Reading values from multiple devices hooked up to the same pin

To do this workshop, you’ll need the following:

  • your own laptop, with the Arduino IDE installed
  • an Arduino device

If you’ve never worked with Arduinos before, please take the time to go through the Blink tutorial on your own. This will ensure that you’re ready to take part in the workshop. If you’re having any issues, please come to VHS on Tuesday, April 28th — that’s our open house night, and I’ll be there to help you get set up. That way we can dive straight into the 1-Wire stuff on the day of the workshop.

The Vancouver Hackspace
1715 #104 Cook street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Thursday, April 30th – 6:30pm

Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you are younger than 18 please bring your parent or guardian with you.

There will be a $10 workshop fee.
Please RSVP on Picatic

Please Remove Personal Items



As previously announced, the Hack Space has to move.   Our tentative move out date is 12 December.  To that effect, we need all personal items including all of the boxes in/above/around the lockers to be brought home before 6 December.  Please be sure to take it home as soon as possible to make organizing the move out as easy as we can.

We will do our best to message anyone who has a name on a box, but i the end it is your responsibility to remove your possessions.


Anything still in the space after 6 December will be considered property of VHS.



Please Remove Personal Items

SHHHH 0x22 – Moving Out Party

Hello hackers, Tinkerers, Builders, Crafters, and Makers

In light of the recent news, we can’t just move out without getting together at the bunker one last time:

The Vancouver HackSpace is opening its doors to the general public for an open house and a Super Happy Holiday Hacker House 34!

Due to VHS being forced to move out, we will dedicate this edition to raise funds for the move and everything that comes into play with it. Members and the public are encouraged to organize and sell things for the greater good of the community. We’re trying to figure out the format still. Updates are to follow shortly.

Open house – (noon till 9 PM)
Never been to a hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit! We will give you the grand tour of the space. There will be a BBQ on site during the day if you want to bring something down to cook.

Super Happy Holiday Hacker House – (9 PM – Late)
SH(H)HH a social night where members and non-members are welcome to gather for conversation, beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacking. Bring your laptops, Arduinos, crafts, and gadgets for a night of merry making!

Lightning talks – (11PM)
Lightning talk is a short presentation on any subject that you want. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and several talks will happen in a single period by different speakers. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks. Here is a video of some of our previous lighting talks

Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP !

A great article about one of our previous open houses!

A time laps video of one of our old Super Happy Hacker Houses

“The Bunker”
270 1st Ave E,
Vancouver, BC, V5T 1A6
or 49.268764,-123.098187 for the numerically inclined.

Parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be brought inside via the garage door. To get here via transit: get off at Main St. – Science World station, walk South down Main to 1st Ave (past McDonald’s), turn left onto 1st Ave. Walk until you see the VHS sandwich board (past the “Stay away from lonely places” sign, directly across the street from the Brinks building).

Saturday December 13th, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 14th.

Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.

Termination of Hackspace Tenancy

We have to move

  • Our lease terminates on December 31st, 2014.
  • Our property management company has not exercised their right to extend their lease to our landlady
  • That means that our lease also ends.


When we have to move out by

  • December 31st, 2014


What happened

  • Our lease extension to December 31st 2016 was not valid.
  • Our lease was with our landlady, whose lease was not renewed.


What you can do

  • Look for a new location.
  • Organize in this thread to track these efforts.


Any comments, questions, or requests for clarifications should be sent to

Fountain Pen and Crafting Night – Nov. 3rd


Monday got you down? The onset of Vancouver’s winter rains breaking your spirit? We can’t do anything about that, but you should come to VHS for crafting and fountain pen night.


Fountain pen night is an opportunity for any fans of traditional (or just unusual) writing implements to bring them out to show and experiment.

Why fountain pens? They’re something different. They write very differently than ballpoint pens. There are all sorts of physical and mechanical designs. It also can be fun to have your choice of a huge variety of inks.

Bring along your pens and inks, have an opportunity to try out others, and generally play around. No experience or equipment is required if you just want to check it out.

We’ll also be opening the space for a general crafting night – come down and work on your projects!


When: Monday Nov. 3rd at 7:30 PM
Where:VHS 270 E 1st Ave
What to bring: Fountain/Dip/Calligraphy Pen collections. Inks. Paper.
Cost: No fee, VHS membership encouraged, but not required.


Membership rates are going up in 2015 – Get in before then!

As some of the more astute among you have already noticed, VHS’s membership rates are going up.

This was decided (unanimously) after taking a look at our budget. Simply put, in January 2015, our rent will go up by about 10%, and at our current rate and membership numbers, we can’t afford this.
Accordingly, our rates will go up to $30/$60 on January 1st, 2015.

What we have done, though, is put in a grandfather clause**. Anyone who is a member(either regular or keyholder rate) on or before December 31st, 2014 will be locked in at that rate.

What does that mean for current members?
Nothing, if you’re happy at your membership level. Anyone who is considering upgrading to keyholder should do it before then.

For prospective members:
Now is the time to join!
We’ve considered the implications of the ~4 months before the deadline, which is that if you want to become a keyholder at the old rate, you have to join VHS immediately! Remember that you must be a regular member for at least 3 months before you are eligible to upgrade to keyholder.

For current members, prospective members, and all other Friends of VHS:
Spread the word!
Tell your friends, call your mom, get your boss in on a Tuesday night! Without a membership bump, we’re still in trouble!
If they join before January, they still get the low low rate that the rest of us have.
If they join RIGHT NOW, they could become a keyholder and get the low low keyholder rate before January.

Have I given enough of a sales pitch, yet? Join us!



**The exact wording, as passed in the motion at the Quarterly General Meeting is the following:
“Members before Jan 1, 2015 will be grandfathered at their current rate, to be reviewed at a future meeting.”
 The subtext of this clause is that if this promotion isn’t successful at pulling in enough new blood, membership rates could be raised for all members at a future QGM to ensure VHS’s survival. So again: tell your friends.

Canada Day Open House Tentatively Cancelled

Unfortunately, because of Canada Day (and the nice weather), we currently don’t know if we’ll have enough keyholders to keep the space open for our regular open house tonight. As such, tonight’s open house is tentatively cancelled.

Before heading down, please check our Twitter, Facebook, blog or to see if we are open tonight.

Our apologies for the late update!