Communal making has had a long history in America. Paul Revere worked in a silversmith shop. Betsy Ross ran a family upholstery and flag-making business. George Washington Carver pioneered the mobile maker lab — his  “Jesup wagons” brought education, tools and techniques to farmers in the field. Today, maker spaces provide people with the resources to prototype a product, learn new skills, find a like-minded community and even launch a business. The last few years have seen a renaissance in maker spaces, with the independent shops, startups and community organizations opening shared workshops in every state.

In upstate New York, Etsy co-founder and former CEO Rob Kalin recently started The Catskill Mill, a community of ceramicists, woodworkers, leatherworkers and textile artisans all under one roof in a former furniture factory. In San Francisco, a group of feminist activists founded Double Union to support women within the maker movement. In Nashville, Fort Houston is an incubator for 70 local artists and designers — it even includes a motorcycle shop! And in Portland, design destination Beam & Anchor reserves its second floor studios for local designers and craftspeople. The common thread between all these organizations is an interest in sharing space and knowledge to help grow local economies.

For makers seeking studios, or even just anyone interested in the maker movement, we’ve rounded up a short list of spaces in every American state. To keep the guide going, add your recommendations in the comments below!

west elm - The Field Guide to Maker Spaces In All 50 States

Alabama

Red Mountain Makers, Birmingham

 

Alaska

MakerSpace, Anchorage

 

Arizona

Local Works, Flagstaff

 

Arkansas

The Innovation Hub, Little Rock

 

California

Double Union, San Francisco

Maker City LA, Los Angeles

MakerPlace, San Diego

Shared, San Francisco

 

Colorado

Creator Hub, Fort Collins

I Made It Workshops, Denver

TinkerMill, Longmont

 

Connecticut

Make, Hartford

Make Haven, New Haven

 

Delaware

Barrel of Makers, Wilmington

 

Florida

MakerSpace, Melbourne

Moonlighter, Miami

 

Georgia

The Maker Station, Marietta

MASS Collective, Atlanta

 

Hawaii

Maui Makers, Kahului

Oahu MakerSpace, Honolulu

 

Idaho

Open Lab Idaho, Boise

 

Illinois

Catalyze, Chicago

Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago

MAKE, Chicago

 

Indiana

Ruckus, Indianapolis

 

Iowa

Area 515, Des Moines

MakerSpace, Ames

 

Kansas

Hammerspace Workshop, Kansas City

Lawrence Creates MakerSpace, Lawrence

 

Kentucky

Kre8Now Makerspace, Lexington

 

Louisiana

IDIYA, New Orleans

 

Maine

Open Bench Project, Portland

 

Maryland

Catylator, Silver Spring

Node, Baltimore

 

Massachusetts

Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville

Lowell Makes, Lowell

 

Michigan

GR Makers, Grand Rapids

i3, Detroit

Maker Works, Ann Arbor

Mt. Elliott MakerSpace, Detroit

 

Minnesota

Nordeast Makers, Minneapolis

 

Mississippi

MakerSpace, Jackson

 

Missouri

Arch Reactor, St. Louis

Hammerspace Workshop, Kansas City

 

Montana

MakerSpace, Bozeman

 

Nebraska

Makeshift, Lincoln

 

Nevada

Bridgewire, Reno-Sparks

 

New Hampshire

Port City MakerSpace, Portsmouth

 

New Jersey

Bergen MakerSpace, Hackensack

 

New Mexico

Community MakerSpace, Santa Fe

The Toolbox, Taos

 

New York

Atlas Studios, Newburgh

Buffalo Lab, Buffalo

The Catskill Mill, Catskill

SALT Makerspace, Syracuse

Spark Workshop, Brooklyn

Staten Island MakerSpace, Staten Island

 

North Carolina

The Forge, Greensboro

MakerSpace, Raleigh

 

North Dakota

Unglued Market, Fargo

 

Ohio

Idea Foundry, Columbus

 

Oklahoma

Prototek, Oklahoma City

 

Oregon

ADX Art & Design, Portland

Beam & Anchor Studio, Portland

 

Pennsylvania

NextFab, Philadelphia

Woodworks, Philadelphia

 

Rhode Island

AS220, Providence

The Steel Yard, Providence

 

South Carolina

MakeLab, Charleston

 

South Dakota

MakerSpace, Brookings

 

Tennesse

Fort Houston, Nashville

 

Texas

10BitWorks, San Antonio

The Maker Co-op, Austin

MakerSpace, Dallas

MakerSpace, Houston

 

Utah

Make Salt Lake, Salt Lake City

 

Vermont

Generator, Burlington

 

Virginia

757 MakerSpace, Norfolk

Nova Labs, Reston

MakerSpace, Staunton

 

Washington

The Foundry, Bellingham

Metrix, Seattle

SoDo MakerSpace, Seattle

 

West Virginia

Tamarack Foundation, Charleston

 

Wisconsin

MakerSpace, Milwaukee

 

Wyoming

MakerSpace, Powell

 

Illustration by Kristen Solecki

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Josh @ The Kentucky Gent

June 21, 2016

I’ll have to check out Kre8Now Makerspace next time I’m in Lexington!

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