Mill City Skill Share

The Mill City Skill Share is a day of free community-led workshops in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell Makes has hosted the Mill City Skill Share since 2017. This event is open to the public; you do not need to be a member to teach or attend a class.

2021 Mill City Skill Share: Saturday, October 23

This will be a hybrid event with restrictions on in-person attendees and options for virtual participation. Please see COVID-19 precautions below.

Options for Attendance
IN-PERSON (MASKS REQUIRED): reserve your free ticket:
VIRTUAL: rsvp to the live event:

Ticket required to attend in person.
*Starred events will also be livestreamed for virtual attendees

12:00pm Intro to Dye Sublimation with Christy Matte in Cosplay*
Clay Throwing Demonstration with Neil Fallon in Ceramics
12:30pm Intro to Leather Working with Ben Towle in Cosplay
Clay Throwing Demonstration with Neil Fallon in Ceramics*
1:00pm Crochet Flowers for Beginners with Allison Hodges in the Lounge*
Wood Turning Demonstration with Jim Richard in the Woodshop
1:30pm Make a Leather Cuff with Jan Goplerud in Cosplay*
Wood Turning Demonstration with Jim Richard in the Woodshop
2:00pm Make a Picture Frame with Jon Goplerud in the Woodshop*
2:30pm Intro to Stained Glass with Sam Burdett in Cosplay*
3:00pm Beeswax Paper with Caroline Read in Cosplay*
3:30pm Bike Tour on a Budget with Caroline Read in the Lounge*
  • In-person attendees will be limited to 30 in-person attendees in the building at a time; all other attendees are invited to tune into our Live Stream on Facebook.
  • All attendees must wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status (instructors and hosts may temporarily remove masks while they are speaking to the camera).
  • All attendees must have a (free) ticket and must sign in at our visitor station.
  • Event may go 100% virtual depending on COVID-19 risks as the date approaches. In that event, our instructors will be in person, but there will be no in-person attendees and all events will be broadcast virtually

Skill Share Archives


On May 2 2020, our Mill City Skill Share was a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We livestreamed for 5 hours and hosted 10 sessions. The result was our highest turnout ever, with close to 900 attendees throughout the day.

Original Facebook event

Click each session for a video recording:

11:00 – 11:30 AM | Kite Making with Glenn Davison

11:30 – 12:00 PM Relationship Marketing: Creating a Habit of Gratitude with Dot Richards

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Crocheting 101 with Paulina Migalska

12:30 – 1:00 PM | How to be a LLAMA: Participating in Mutual Aid

1:00 – 1:30 PM | Mozzarella Cheese Pulling with Beth Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers

1:30 – 2:00 PM | What is a Lapidarist? with Jim Pecora

2:00 – 2:30 PM | How to Make a Dog Bandana with Amy Wilson

2:30 – 3:00 PM | Kitchen Knife Skills with Ben Brown

3:00 – 3:30 PM | Selling or buying your first home during COVID-19 with Mindy Dopler Nelson

3:30 – 4:00 PM | DIY Book Making: Make your own notebook with Resi Ibañez


Original Facebook event

Schedule of Live Events:

10am – 11am
Molding & Casting Pewter / Classroom / Bob Gampert
Jam Jar Candles / Electronics Area / Amy Wilson
How to Make a Cheese Plate / Kitchen / Beth Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers

10am – Noon
Sewing Basics: remake a man’s shirt into a summer top / Downstairs Workspace / Susan Ellis

11am – Noon
Black Holes / Conference Room / Ben Brown
Learn to Crochet / Downstairs Lounge / Billy Heath
Make your own “IKEA” furniture / Woodshop / Jon Goplerud of Drip Edge Furniture and Caroline Read

Noon – 1pm
Astrophotography / Classroom / Frank Masciulli
Homemade Bread and Yogurt / Kitchen / Rob Watson
Respirator use for crafting/workshops / Electronics Area / Bob Naylor
Making a mess with Epoxy! / Downstairs Workspace / Brad Powers

1pm – 2pm
Backpacking Gear Shakedown / Classroom / Sam Burdett
Learn to Crochet / Conference Room / Michelle Jerry of The Emerald Stitch
Copper Trees / Electronics Area / Derek Karalekas of @NorthEastBirch
Basic Bike repairs for Women/Trans/Femme people / Downstairs Workspace / Jess Schumann

2pm – 3pm
Weighted Blankets for Sensory Regulation / Downstairs Workspace / Allison Rugg

2pm – 4pm
Learn to play Dungeons and Dragons / Classroom / Brad Powers
Cold Process Soapmaking / Kitchen / Michele Albert