December 2021 Newsletter 

Editor's Note:  A quick apology! We usually publish our newsletter about a week before our next meeting.  Our web media provider decided that was a good time for a week of login issues.  So this is sending about 3 hours before our 7pm meeting.  If you feel like joining us tonight, details are below...  


A Message from Bill Yacopucci -

Chair of the Board of Directors...

As we have just finished Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for at Franklin Gear Makerspace!  We have great board members and excellent volunteers willing to share their skills with their community.

But that does not mean there is no room for you!  To the contrary, we are going to need a lot of support as we push toward an early 2022 opening! (see below). 

Regardless of your assumed skill level, there are many ways to help. And I am willing to bet that you'll be surprised at what you can do. You are likely more capable than you thought.  Let's find that out together!


Congratulations to our Halloween Display Contest Winners!!!

We had some great entries and the contest helped raise awareness of Franklin's makerspace and its mission!!!

Grand Prize went to the Robichauds of Northfield with "Spookyville"

Our Runners up, the Cloughs of Franklin, with "Witches Brew".

Honorable mention went to "Cowboy Antics" & "Fright Night"

 To see contest images...

Click Here!

Special Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday December 2nd at 7pm

This month we'll be meeting at Franklin City Hall-a.k.a. The Opera House

Come in the side door (red arrow). Up the stairs and to the right.

We'll be in an office right before the theater!


What is so SPECIAL about this meeting?

  • During our meeting we'll build the Franklin Gear Makerspace entrant in the 2021 Franklin Festival of Trees!
  • Special Guest from Making Matters NH - Concord's great makerspace!
  • ..around 7:30pm we'll walk a block so attendees can check out our space at 20 Church Street In Franklin.  We haven't signed the lease yet, but a visit is great for visualizing our future!

Meet Your Maker


Colby Morrill

  • Woodworking
  • Machine Shop
  • Art Installations

Colby is the epitome of making! Webster's Dictionary should have a picture of Colby for their definition of "maker". 

Colby has been creating, and adding value to our Community, since a young age.  His best know work "Kayak Man" greats visitors to Downtown Franklin, with occasional costume changes to meet the moment.  He stands guard over Franklin's iconic Trestle Bridge and the gateway to Mill City Park!

Just a few of the many faces of Kayak Man

Colby's diversity of skills is further on display in Marceau Park near Vulgar Brewery.  It is such an awesome piece it adorns the cover of the Franklin Gear Makerspace Brochure.


His Eagle Scout project has welcomed folks to Franklin for years!


These are just a few of Colby's many art projects. Imagine what Colby will do with the tools at Franklin Gear!!!


Next Steps

once we sign the lease we'll:

put down a new floor.

put up a few walls

run some electrical

Install security

paint some stuff...

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