Nancy Nagel works on shaping miniscule glass links while demonstrating her decades of glassworking experience at the TinkerMill's weekly open house on Sunday, August 30, 2015 in Longmont, Colorado. (Photo/Roxann Elliott)
Longmont's TinkerMill is more than a makerspace; it's an ecosystem of engineers, artists, students, entrepreneurs, and the perpetually curious. I attended their open house Sunday, an event they host ever Sunday during the summer to welcome members of the community and offer tours of their extensive facilities.
One of the resident tinkers is Nancy Nagel, an artist who's spent over thirty years working with glass and now provides individual lessons through the TinkerMill. While we spoke, she worked with deft precision to bend and shape glass links about the size of the tip of a pinky finger.
Nancy Nagel heats a thin glass rod while demonstrating her decades of glassworking experience at the TinkerMill's weekly open house on Sunday, August 30, 2015 in Longmont, Colorado. (Photo/Roxann Elliott)
Next weekend, the TinkerMill will have booths at Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest – that's Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Making – taking place at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a special guest talk from Temple Grandin on Sunday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m.
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