Ethan Goss, Sugar Shack Fordge
When I grew up my family had a small maple sugaring operation. We made just enough for our own family. Once my brother and I got older, we stopped sugaring and our little sugar shack was abandoned until I repurposed it and made it into a small forge and shop. My shop is the definition of Northeast Kingdom rustic.
Every tool, knife, or household item that I make in my sugar shack embodies Vermont ideals. Everything that I make is designed to be long-lasting, strong and durable, like the people of Vermont. Whether I forge a knife or a small hook, I make sure that it will last for generations.
Heather Hayes is a creative artist with a deep passion for product design and sculpture. Heather studied product design and photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is inspired to use many art mediums alongside communication, to reflect and inspire awareness, growth and empowerment.
Heather Hayes is a creative artist with a deep passion for product design and sculpture. Heather studied product design and photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is inspired to combine many art mediums, alongside communication to express her ideas and engage with others.
Andrew Giroux is Chief Engineer at Packetized Energy where he leads IoT hardware and software developments. He has 4 years of experience leading and engineering hybrid electric race cars at national collegiate competitions. Andrew has previously worked for Fortune 50 companies in both automotive and aerospace industries. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont with a focus on wireless communication systems.
Ben Colbourn is a digital designer with a background in 3D animation, 3D modeling, and photogrammetry, a form of 360-degree photography. He’s applying these skills and more to an ever-expanding array of maker projects at Generator, including fun, 3D-printed items (want your likeness reproduced as a Lego Minifigure?), intricately-carved wooden objects using the CNC mill, and forays into VR gaming and design. Ben also loves drones – building, repairing and flying them above and beyond the walls of Generator.
Mel Pulley joins us from Conant Metal and Light where she is the shop lead for Contract Manufacturing (and Safety Coordinator!). Raised in New England, where her father encouraged her to learn to fix her own equipment and build things in order to start her own farm. Mel has developed an appreciation for how much goes into metalwork and is excited to show others the joys and benefits of working with metal.
When she’s not at Conant or Generator, Mel’s likely working on one of a number of projects to design draft equipment for goats or doing her general farm chores, all part of a larger system for using animals and small equipment to raise food and take care of the land in ways that are both satisfying to the people involved, as well as sustainable and enjoyable for all parties involved.
Jim Shields is an all-around maker, board game designer and teacher at the Big Picture School in South Burlington, a proficiency-based school within SBHS that supports student learning through hands-on, student-directed opportunities. He’s currently leading a Member-build project to establish a local plastics recycling shop, based on blueprints and know-how from the international Precious Plastics movement.
Instructor: Corey Tillson is a fine woodworker with a wide range of experience, and project interests from bowl turning to picture frames to kitchen tables. We are lucky to have Corey at the Generator – it’s the fourth shop he’s worked in, and his second as a teaching artist and training instructor. Corey is also a mechanical engineer at SOH Wind Engineering in Williston. Click here to see some examples of Corey’s beautiful and varied woodworking projects.
Born In California, moved to Ocean Shores WA when I was 3. Started taking electronics stuff apart and learning how things worked around 9 or so, built cardboard forts, and random small stuff (out of cardboard) For my 16th birthday my Grandma took me to Egypt and inspired me to try to travel as much as possible. Raised in WA until I graduated high school in 2009. Didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I needed to get out of that small town and see what else the world had to offer, and had no urge to go to college. Joined the Air force as an Avionics Technician and left for Basic training immediately after high school. Other than training in Texas and Mississippi, the 7 years I was in was mostly spent stationed outside Kansas City, MO with a short 6 month tour overseas. My job involved testing and repairing aircraft electronics systems, managing logistics, taking 10 times as long to do absolutely every conceivable task and dealing with a lot of imaginary problems. Started “woodworking” building stuff out of 2x4s and plywood in my spare time. Bookshelves, a bed frame, storage drawers for my truck, benches, tables, going away gifts, etc. Also spent a lot of my spare time learning how stuff worked and how to fix things, one of my biggest passions. My truck, other people’s vehicles, household appliances, electronics, furniture, etc. Also did an annual 9000+ mile road trip about 4 years out of the 7 MO-FL-CA-WA-MO to visit family and to satisfy my need to travel.
Deployed for 6 months overseas a year before my contract was up, and started looking into where I wanted to go after I left the military. Found Yestermorrow Design/Build school in Waitsfield, VT and decided to enroll in their 11 week woodworking certificate that started the month after I got out. Also looked into alternative living situations, and discovered the tiny house movement. Inspired when I got back stateside, but without a lot of time or money, picked up a 6×12 enclosed cargo trailer to bring my stuff up to Vermont, with the idea of converting it into a temporary living situation for a couple years as I re-acclimated to being a civilian again and figured out what I wanted my life to look like. Also planned to design a full tiny house on a larger trailer, but wanted the freedom to work on it at a slow pace without having to pay rent. Began the woodworking certificate at Yestermorrow at the end of 2016, Really enjoyed everything about the school, Vermont, the surrounding area, and especially working with wood. Took a break to visit family in Florida for the holidays, took a 2 week Timber framing course in Costa Rica in January I heard about through Yestermorrow, and returned to Vermont to Apprentice under the woodworking certificate director Justin Kramer for the same program I had just went through. Learned just as much if not more the second time around, and also got a fair bit of experience teaching the skills I had just learned months before. Stuck around the school and took some shorter courses in design and building, did work in the facilities as an intern for a couple months, and also took their 6 week Natural Building certificate, learning how to build with natural materials like strawbale, cob, clay, dirt, etc. Was interested in continuing woodworking, but felt isolated in the area around the school, and was interested in moving to Burlington. Heard about Generator from people passing through Yestermorrow, and became a member in July 2017. Started as a front desk volunteer, but made it back to the woodshop and became a tech volunteer and instructor teaching woodshop safety and helping people with projects, while using the space to work on my own projects as well as build out the Tiny house trailer.