Open Bench Project: Portland

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“I can’t imagine losing my membership. I’ve just had so many opportunities come through here for my business.”

“7500 square feet of awesomeosity. A maker space extraordinaire. I love this place.”

“Is it wrong that I never wanted to leave?”

“Open Bench has been SO important to me in my journey to America.”

“AWESOME location and resource. Looking forward to seeing how we can integrate that resource in our school…”

“Open Bench was a great space to “mess about”.

“OBP was the perfect place…a makers dream. You couldn’t hurt the place.”



Distributed workshops

Distributed workshops

One of the first things we are doing to help get the maker community together here in Portland is to organize some Skills classes at various people's shops. We have recently organized a youth soldering / electronic workshop as well as a few welding workshops. If you...

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A Collaborative Effort

A Collaborative Effort

Over the last month I have been working on a new collaborative project for the Open Bench. Or rather, I should say "we" have been working, for it is though the efforts of many different people that this project is coming together. We have begun a collaborative effort...

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A visit and a vision

A visit and a vision

Last week, I was lucky enough to give a tour of the space to a group of youths from a local school. They were off for a day of adventure visiting places and meeting "Self Made Makers". Frankly, I was flattered. We spoke at length about what we hope to accomplish at...

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971 Congress Street Portland ME, 04103
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