Wowser is a place to unleash your creativity. We provide access to tools and instruction for makers and artists of all skill levels.
Members have access to our 20,000 square foot facility and a wealth of tools and machines related to metalworking, woodworking, sewing (fabric and leather), bicycle building and repair, jewelry making, computer-aided design, 3D printing, and more.This is what you need to know about becoming a member.
Your 1 year membership in Wowser covers:
- Your coverage under our insurance while you are in the building
- Free use of the shop when not using power tools
- Your Wowser ID Badge, which everyone is required to have when in the building
- The Orientation and Safety class which is required before using tools, or taking workshops
- Member’s pricing on workshops (non-members pay an extra $25 for every workshop.
We have changed our pricing plans. (It was way too complicated. This is much easier.)
Applying for membership
Membership is open to those 18 years and older, or (with parental consent) to those 14-17 years old. All Wowser members must pass the required safety and orientation class. The use of tools and equipment is subject to the member being certified as competent by a Wowser instructor.
1. Adults – OVER 18 years of age. $300/year (no extra fees)
- Adults must complete a membership agreement, available at Wowser.
- Membership fees are normally paid by cash, check or PayPal (through Wowser’s web site).
- Work trade is available under some circumstances for adults. A minimum payment of $20 is required and 30
hours of work must be completed within 90 days of signing the membership agreement.
- Download our Membership application form for adults (18+) by clicking here.
2. Minors – under 18 years old. $300/year (no extra fees)
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany a minor (people under 18 years old) who applies for membership,
and the parent must sign the membership agreement in person, at Wowser. A visit to Wowser can help a
parent know that their child will be safe, and that there is always a responsible person at Wowser [the Prefect]
who can be contacted about their child, if necessary.
- Where the membership fee presents a financial hardship, a “work trade” may be arranged for a young person
who is interested and willing.
- The membership fee can be satisfied by a nominal payment and 25 hours of work at Wowser (sweeping up,
putting away hand tools, etc)
- The hours of work must be completed within 90 days of signing the membership agreement.
- Download application and minor release form here for people under 18 by clicking here.
3. Temporary memberships
- People who want to take workshops without committing to membership may pay $25 for a temporary
membership that lasts for the duration of the workshop. This provides for insurance coverage while in the
building, whether or not the workshop is in session.
- Once a temporary membership expires (at the end of the workshop) the $25 fee may be applied to a full
membership within 60 days from the end of the workshop. (i.e., subtract $25 from $100, leaving $75 to be paid
for the membership.)
- Temporary members are insured while at Wowser, but are not permitted to use any power tools outside of the
4. Badge, and Orientation and Safety
Once you have signed your membership agreement, it’s time to get your picture taken and get your badge! Next step, take Orientation and Safety. Then it’s time to Learn, Make and Teach as a Wowser member. Wowser is OPEN from noon to 6PM every single day. (And sometimes later when we are already open for a scheduled workshop or other use.)scheduled workshop or other use.)
Call us at 707 459-9697 or email us with questions and/or to arrange a tour!