Chimera

Nonprofit Community Arts & Makerspace in Sebastopol, CA.

Repair Cafe

freeDana Woodman
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Every 3rd Saturday of the Month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Chimera hosts a general repair workshop: bring any items you have in need of repair or mending! Our maker volunteers will help guests get started on the process of fixing various items with the resources and equipment available in the space. DIYers encouraged! Open to the public and free (donations accepted).

Sampling of tools and resources available:

Saws, wrenches, drills, soldering, sewing, gluing, grinders, screwdrivers, 3D printer, laser cutter, assorted basic spare parts. See below notes about phone repair and metal welding/soldering.

Commonly repaired items:

Lamps, corroded electronics, clothing, small appliances, wooden objects, missing screws, objects that can be bent, bolted, or glued into place, items that just need a broken part diagnosed and replaced (come back after ordering).

  • A professional phone/tablet/computer repair kit is available, but replacement parts are not and work may need to be done by owner as it is often time-consuming.

  • Welding and jewelrywork are available but broken metal pieces are usually easier to replace than solder/weld due to specialty metal alloys and casting processes that most consumer products use. For example a wedding ring should be repaired by a professional, but a bent-wire earring hook can easily be re-bent or reattached. A cast and painted pot-metal statuette would be difficult to weld adequately, but a piece made entirely of non-stainless steel or iron could be reattached.