Read why craftspeople, makers, and the curious alike are heading to Citadel Mall
Membership at Reforge Charleston allows 24-hour access to the space; wood-cutting laser (left)
Set inside a 3,800-square-foot space within Citadel Mall, Reforge Charleston is best described as an adult version of elective class. Members can use the impressive collection of professional tools—think 3D printers, commercial sewing machines, woodworking apparatus—to pursue hobbies or complete DIY projects. Officially, known as a “makerspace,” the communal workshop provides equipment, support, and training for all experience levels.
The recent move to Citadel Mall from Leeds Avenue has increased visibility and upped the nonprofit’s member count to nearly 40, says president Tim Taylor, an electrical engineer and one of Reforge’s seven founders. A $50 monthly fee grants 24-hour access to the space, but classes are also open to nonmembers with a suggested donation. “The introductory classes with the most sign-ups are 3D printing, vinyl cutting, and soldering,” Taylor says.
In addition to educational outreach programs, like a potential grant opportunity with the Citadel, Reforge is committed to supporting tinkerers of all kinds. “We’re constantly getting new tools to expand our capabilities,” Taylor says. A recent acquisition can create plastic molds for everything from jewelry to chocolate forms.
Visit reforge.io for a class schedule.