It's tool nirvana.
NewMakeIt has them all at its new facility at 621 Timothy St.
The not-for-profit organization provides a collaborative workspace and tools for members of the Newmarket community interested in creating "things", NewMakeIt co-founder and director of business development Derrol Salmon said.
Things made of wood, metal, plastic, electronics and software — and any combination of them.
In addition to hobbyists, NewMakeIt provides valuable resources to local entrepreneurs. NewMakeIt can provide prototyping and small batch services, in addition to knowledge, space and tools.
NewMakeIt is also diversifying into the artisan fields with jewelry-making workshops currently being offered and has recently acquired a furnace to melt glass for the creation of glass objects.
According to Mr. Salmon, NewMakeIt may add blacksmithing in the future.
Workshops are available for those who want to learn how to use the tools and make things.
Founded in 2016, NewMakeIt moved to its new facility, prepared especially for it by the Town of Newmarket, at the beginning of this year. The building was part of the former Town Operations Centre, now being used by Central York Fire Service as a training centre.
NewMakeIt is funded and supported by the Government of Ontario, the Regional Municipality of York and Town of Newmarket.
Salmon added that he is excited NewMakeIt is now located close to downtown Newmarket with all its amenities and cultural attractions. He hopes for continued collaborations with the cultural community, such as the light towers that NewMakeIt created for last year's Splash of Culture presented by the Town.
You can check out NewMakeIt on its website or come to the open house this Sunday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 621 Timothy St.