Meet The Truckee Maker Community

Apr 26, 2016

The Truckee Roundhouse will eventually open at the airport this summer. In the meantime, it's hosting classes at a local coffee shop, and a maker fair at Truckee Tahoe Lumber.
Credit Courtesy Truckee Roundhouse

Truckee's first maker space is set to open this summer. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has this progress report.

At a potluck for the Truckee Roundhouse, future members of the maker space mingle, eat chili and talk about what tools they still need.

"Fireside Pizza just signed on to buy us a table saw, Truckee Lumber is getting a CNC  and Marg's Taco Bistro is pitching in with a forge...," says Truckee town councilman and vice-mayor Morgan Goodwin.

"My name's Nick Pollen, and by day I'm a real estate broker in Tahoe, but I've always been really obsessed with sailing, so I'm restoring a boat, using carbon fiber composite parts."

Members will pay $50 a month for an all-access pass to the Roundhouse that includes use of materials and tools. The space will also host various classes.

"I really think we're going to see some local startups coming out of this, which is exciting!" says Pam Hobday, who sits on the board of directors of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

n the lead-up to its official opening, the Truckee Roundhouse will host its first maker show in June at Truckee Tahoe Lumber. Anyone in the area is welcome to come and showcase anything they make. Or as Goodwin puts it, "that cool project in your garage that you show people when they come over? We want you to bring it down and tell us why you're passionate about making it. Because ultimately, that kind of infectious energy is the best example of what we're trying to do here."

Details on the Truckee Maker Show:

* Sunday, June 12, 2016

* 11:00am -5:59pm

* Truckee Tahoe Lumber, Church Street, Truckee, CA, 96161


Click here for info on upcoming Truckee Roundhouse classes (held at Dark Horse Cafe)