What is FredWorks?
FredWorks is foremost a community of makers who explore and extend their ability to create, maintain and repair the things they use. Makers may be motivated by self sufficiency, scientific or technical curiosity or the satisfaction and appreciation gained from doing things themselves. Regardless of their motivation our community of makers seeks to extend their skill set by learning from others and spreading that knowledge through classes, seminars, mentoring and community interaction. FredWorks is also a Virginia non-stock corporation being run as a not for profit operation that is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit as of 2014.
We are currently partnered with Fredericksburg Academy who has been allowing us to use their facility in exchange for their students and faculty having access to our equipment and expertise. We hope to continue this partnership into the future as we grow and expand.
Our primary goal is to build a sustainable and durable maker community in the local area by providing information, resources, tools, facilities and and organizational framework so that anyone who shares our interests can easily get involved. FredWorks is offering classes and lectures on a variety of creative and/or technical skills and we invite the community to join us if you have such a skill and are looking for a place to share it with the community. We are also planning for the future by raising funds to expand our inventory of tools available to the community and eventually wish to have our own facility where members can access them as needed.
History of FredWorks –
FredWorks started with the Google Plus community “Fredericksburg Hackers” in 2013 and which is made up primarily of a group of people from Fredricksburg, VA and surrounding counties. Previously, we went under the title of Frederickswerken before changing the name to FredWorks in 2014. We all share an interest in applying, learning and teaching a variety of traditional and modern fabrication skills. We are part of growing trend of people who enjoy working with our hands and minds to create and maintain things specifically designed to our needs and tastes. By learning and spreading these maker skills and arts we hope to develop a group of savvy self sufficient makers who can help themselves and their community thrive in our rapidly developing and chaotic social and technical world.
Most people affiliated with FredWorks reside in and around Fredericksburg, VA and the surrounding counties. We try to regularly interact with other maker communities or organizations that might share some of our goals. While our focus will continue to be the Fredericksburg, VA area we see the maker movement as a global phenomenon that we want to take part in.