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Photos from the Fairy door workshop

This week Steven Smethurst ( hosted the Magic/Fairy door workshop at the Vancouver hackspace (VHS). This workshop was made possible with a grant from the Vancouver Foundation, and Vancouver HackSpace (VHS).

Steven Smethurst and Tyson Haverkort designed ~24 different styles of fairy doors for the workshop. They iterated on the different designed several times until they selected three of the best designs. ~90 doors were cut, and primed with paint before the event. 30 people from the local community where invited to the Vancouver Hackspace where they each got a few doors to decorate. Paint, glue, glitter, tools, and other magical art supplies where provided by the Vancouver Hackspace. A website has been created that lets people add the location of their fairy doors to a map with pictures and comments.


‘J’ selecting magical items for the magic/fairy door workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #door #fairydoor

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Two more doors. Made at the #magic/#fairydoor workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #mountpleasant

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Everyone is hard at work. #magic/#fairydoor workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #door #mountpleasant

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Two more amazing doors. Made at the #magic/#fairydoor workshop at @vhs. #vfnsg #kids #arts #craft #door #mountpleasant

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SHHH: Super Happy Hacker House 36!

It has been over 6 months that VHS has moved into its new home on 1715 Cook street, and now that the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is out of the way, its time for another open house and social night!

Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see VHS’ new 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 welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share!

A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.

Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – 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.

Show and Tell (All day)
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!

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. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks.

A video of some previous lightning talks

Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.

Remember to **BRING YOUR OWN CUP** if you want to drink beverages at the space.

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.

July 25th (Saturday) from 12:00 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 7:30pm.

Because it is awesome!





Microsoft To Sponsor The Vancouver Hackspace Society

After years of being a free and open source software (FOSS) focussed bastion, VHS is now proud to announce that it has combined forces with new best friend, Microsoft!

Microsoft has generously offered the Vancouver Hackspace Society access to a hosted Sharepoint environment to replace and consolidate all web related services, such as the forum, blog and wiki, as well as providing access to the Microsoft Office Online platform, and also to include mailing lists.

Both VHS and Microsoft are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

SHHH #35 beer sponsor – Coast Precision CNC

VHS would like to thank Coast Precision CNC for sponsoring VHS’s SHHH #35 and providing us with libations.

We at Coast Precision CNC Ltd are a small family run CNC Machine shop handling requirements from prototypes to production runs that require Milling or Turning(Lathe).  We have worked on projects from aircraft tooling to custom pharmaceutical dispensing equipment.

I (Bernie – big_mak) became a member of VHS when I was interested in 3D printing.  I came to a few open houses and dropped in on 3D printer Saturday’s and learned that the VHS community is an immense resource or technical information.  This resource is far more valuable than the tools they have available for the membership to use.  The very least we could do was contribute to an event such as SHHH, to help increase the members in the community so the resource only grows.

I enjoy the community, and we want to see the types of innovation that takes place here continue.

So to all you Hackers and Makers, we at Coast Precision CNC say CHEERS!!

Challenge coins for lighting talks at VHS’s SHHH #35

At Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) we do lighting talks of 2 mins or less. These are fun talks about anything you want. You could talk about how laser disks work, the story of the farest earth “thing” to die in space, or your collection of sporks. During your talk the crowd is encouraged to heckle to keep you on your toes. They are a lot of fun!

When you do a lightning talk, you are given a challenge coin (Social credit personified).  These coins are made by a different member each time, using different materials or techniques. The coins can be metal, wood, plastic, varnished cookies, grown cookies, anything. This post has some of the past challenge coins.

For SHHH #35 Feb 21st, 2015, (This weekend!)  the challenge coins were designed by @Big_Mak and created at They are some of the prettiest coins we have ever had. If you want one join us for SHHH this weekend and do a lightning talk.

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