GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A little more than a year ago, it began with just a few guys meeting in a coffee shop to share ideas.
Now, The Forge is officially Greensboro’s first makerspace. It celebrated its grand opening Tuesday.
"It's very surreal. We're all extremely excited to have made it this far,” Vice President Mario Aldayuz said.
The West Lewis Street Space is filled with a variety of tools that allow people to learn and practice new skills related to wood, metal or even computers.
"Everything from musical instruments to advanced coding, we've done some 3-D printing,” Aldayuz said.
Jeff Regester, science teacher and board member-at-large for The Forge, says the space gives him flexibility to build demonstrations that would be a challenge to create in his workshop at home.
For Regester and others, it’s also about gaining a new skill. He would like to learn welding for some projects he has in the works.
"We're sharing tools of course, but we're also sharing knowledge and building a community here, so that's what I'm excited about,” Regester said.
Members have 24/7 access to the facility and the tools.
The Forge hopes to expand both in terms of location and membership in the near future. For more information visit www.forgegreensboro.org.