Category Archives: Workshops

Glass etching workshop pics

Here’s some photos of the glass etching workshop that we ran recently. Thanks to all who came and made it a success!


Some quotes:

Using and learning new ways to do an old craft.  Felt like a true co-operative rather than a profit making ‘course’. Thank you.


A hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.

Woodworking with hand tools skill share

skillshare Tuesday 7th July. Doors will open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. 10 tickets available.

Woodworking with hand tools. An introduction to using hand tools such as planes, chisels, saws and scrapers; and how to keep them sharp. I’ll introduce a variety of different hand tools with a brief explanation and demonstration of each.
I’ll then get the participants to have a go at planing rough sawn timber, sawing squarely and accurately, using a chisel to make a housing joint, and sharpening a chisel.

Eventbrite - Woodworking hand tools

Glass Etching


Tuesday 2nd June. Doors will open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. 12 tickets available.

Learn how to etch designs into glass using acid etching cream. We’ll use a Craft Robo vinyl cutter to cut out a vinyl stencil, then transfer that stencil to glass and etch the exposed glass using acid cream.

Please bring:

  • A laptop. If this is not possible please bring your design on a USB stick.
  • Glass to etch. This can be anything made of glass, but it cannot be curved in two directions. That is, cylinders and cones (tumbler, martini glass) are fine; spheres (wine glass) are not.

Here is an example of what you might make:

Eventbrite - Glass Etching

Actors and Directors, Arduinos and Raspberry Pis


Tuesday 5th May. Doors will open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. 10 tickets available.

We will look into what kind of controller you should consider for your project – should you use a Raspberry Pi type SoC or an Arduino microcontroller or a hybrid of the two.Participants will each program an ‘actor’ for a miniature stage show directed by a Raspberry Pi communicating over i2c.You will need to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed. This can be downloaded from

Eventbrite - Actors and Directors, Arduinos and Raspberry Pis

Mitch Altman Workshop 2013

Mitch Altman is coming back to Bristol!

Mitch Altman is a co-founder of the Noisebridge Hackerspace in San Francisco and is a major figure in the global Maker movement. He’s also the inventor of such excellent gadgets as the TV-B-Gone and Trip Glasses. He and Jimmie Rodgers (inventor of the Lots-of-LEDs Arduino shield among other kits) are in the UK for the Maker Faire in Newcastle on 27th and 28th April, after which they’re touring a few Hackspaces, including ours!

Mitch and Jimmie will be running a public workshop at Bristol Hackspace on Saturday 11th May at 12pm.

Mitch and JimmieThe workshop will be open to people of all abilities and ages (children to be accompanied by an adult please) and will involve soldering together their kits. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to solder, Mitch, Jimmie and members of Bristol Hackspace will be on hand to show you how.

The workshop will cost £10 for Hackspace members and £20 for non-members, and will last about three hours. You will probably also want to buy a kit or two.

Buy your tickets here:

The kits that will be available on the day are:

TV-B-Gone keychain £15 Turn off TVs in public places!
TV-B-Gone kit £15 Turn off TVs in public places at 50 meters away!
TV-B-Gone Pro £20 Turn off TVs in public places at 100 meters away!
Brain Machine kit £15 Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!
TripGlasses £10 Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!
Mignonette Game kit £20 Make your own handheld game console!
Trippy RGB Waves kit £10 for one, £15 for two Interactive blinky lights!
LEDcube kit £15 Animated 3D cube!
HELLO Name Badge kit

Sold out

£15 Wear your name in lights!
MiniPOV kit £15 Write messages in the air!
MintyBoost kit £15 Charge your USB enabled gadgets!
BoArduino kit £15 Make your own fully functional Arduino — for solderless breadboards!
Diavolino kit £15 Make your own shield-compatible Arduino!
Programming and Communications cable (FTDI Friend) £15 Program your Arduino clone with Windows, MacOS, or Linux!
Open Heart kit £15 Animate fun patterns in the shape of a heart!
LoL Shield kit £20 Lots of LEDs! for your Arduino!
Drawdio kit £15 Make noise by drawing lines with this pencil!
Atari Punk Console kit

Sold out

£20 Cool music synthesizer!
Microcontroller programmer kit (USBtinyISP) £15 Program all your AVR family chips!

Winter Arduino Workshop


Beginner’s Arduino workshop: A beginner’s introduction to micro-controllers using the popular Arduino prototyping platform.

We will cover:

C programming basics,
motors and actuators,
making music
shift registers
DACS (digital to analogue converters)
An understanding of these topics will enable you to:

Make LEDs light up in different colours and patterns
Detect switches, lightness/darkness and touch
Make sounds
Drive motors and other mechanical devices
Control lots of lights and make complex sounds
Communicate between a computer and the Arduino
trigger sounds on a computer using environmental sensors


10th March ‘2012 – 11th March ‘2012. We will run from 10am to 5.30pm both days.


Pervasive Media Studios, Bristol. Website Location

What you need to bring!

lunch for both days
your arduino and kit of parts if you have one already
your laptop with the arduino IDE already installed

Sorry tickets have sold out.


We are holding Hackspace sessions every Thursday evening at 7pm at 100 Stokes Croft. This Thursday it is bristlebots for the Drawbot project.

The Drawbot project is a Dorkbot Bristol project enabled by the empty shops scheme. We have rented 100 Stokes Croft from 1st of November till the 17th of December. We open the shop on Saturdays from noon till about 6pm to the general public. Currently we have drawing robots, restored pen plotters, sub-woofer drawing, lasers! and much more. Have a browse through the flickr pool and Richard’s pics to get an idea.

How To Make Cool Things With Microcontrollers

Hackspace Workshop PosterMitch Altman, creator of TV-B-Gone and co-founder of Noisebridge the San Francisco hackerspace will be giving his workshop ‘How To Make Cool Things With Microcontrollers’ at the Bristol Hackspace. Mitch says: “At the workshop I have lots of projects that anyone can make and take home, even if they’ve never made anything before.” You can see a list of the projects below.

The workshop will run from 1pm to 5pm on Sat 27 Mar 2010 in the Hackspace in Hamilton House on Stokes Croft. There will be some time spare to finish up at the end if we run over. Also feel free to join us for lunch in the Canteen cafe/bar on the ground floor from 12pm.

The half day workshop costs £20, or £10 if you join the Bristol Hackspace as a member (which also gets you hefty discounts on future workshops). Parts are extra, costs vary depending on what you make but start from just £5. See the list below for details.

There are limited spaces available so book now to avoid disappointment.

Here’s a list of the projects you will be able to build

And here are some pictures of them.

Mignonette Game kit @ £30 each
A way fun, way low-resolution hand-held computer console that you can use to create your own games.
Trippy RGB Waves kit @ £5 each
Waves of colours follow your hand as you wave it over these.
TV-B-Gone kit @ £15 each
Turn off TVs in public places from up to 50 meter away!
USBtinyISP kit @ £15 each
A programmer for AVR microcontrollers.
MiniPOV3 kit @ £15 each
Display messages of your choice through the air you wave this through.
Brain Machine @ £15 each
Hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns while you drift off into fabulous meditation.
MintyBoost kit @ £15 each
With 2 AA batteries you can charge anything with a USB charging input (such as an iPhone).
Drawdio @£15 each
Fun and annoying noiseamaker that changes noise as you draw on paper.
LEDcube @ £15 each
3 x 3 x 3 cube of LEDs with animated sequence.
DC BoArduino kit @ £15 each
Arduino clone kit
FTDI cable @ £15 each
This is not a kit — it is required to communicate with the BoArduino (and many other open-source projects).
TripGlasses @ £25 each
This is not a kit — it is a ready-made version of the Brain Machine. Hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns while meditating!
EU TV-B-Gone @ £15 each
This is not a kit — it is the ready-made keychain to turn off TVs in public places (with a stealthy batman-like look).
NA TV-B-Gone Pro SHP @ £30 each
This is not a kit — it is a ready-made version, the size of an mp3 player, that turns off TVs in public from up to 150 meter away! One model for the entire world! Comes with built-in rechargeable batteries and a charger.
Open Heart kits @ £15 each
I’ll probably also have some of Jimmie Rodger’s Open Heart kits, too. These kits are super easy — they have 27 LEDs in the shape of a heart that you connect to an Arduino (or BoArduino) to animate blinky-light sequences.