People with do-it-yourself ethos are increasingly coming together in cooperatives known as hackerspaces: places where people can build things, and learn from others with similar interests.
A Tucson hacker collective, Xerocraft, is opening at the renovated Steinfeld Warehouse downtown on Sept. 7. The hackerspace recently obtained 501(c)(3) status, which makes it a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.
"A hackerspace...is a place that supplies tools, equipment and machinery for people to come in and use, or learn how to use...," said Connor Barickman, president of Xerocraft. "Xerocraft is a place that also creates a sense of community, and helps people gain an understanding of how things work."
Barickman said these groups are great spaces for people to collaborate on projects, whether they involve electronics, crafts, woodworking or metalworking.
"...There is a lot of knowledge, a lot of skill and a lot of fun just learning how to (build) stuff," he said. "I think there's this kind of resurgence of people wanting to get back to knowing how the stuff they use everyday works, and how to make it better."