We’re a makerspace. We’re a school, wait, no, we’re a not-school. We’re a community workshop. We’re a tool library. We’re a summer camp and a place to take classes and a board game club and a space to build stuff and find friends and projects and interesting things going on. We’re not entirely simple, is the point, and, even after running these programs for 5 years, we still have trouble with the ‘elevator pitch.’ Just what are we up to? And how do all of these things seem to relate — what’s the common thread that makes what we do “Parts and Crafts”? To be sure, the simple answer is that Parts and Crafts is whatever Parts and Crafts happens to be doing, and it’s a space for a wide variety of interesting projects to come together and benefit from proximity.
There are common threads: