Founder's Story

October 4, 2022 by Tony Nowell

One year ago, I had no thoughts of starting a makerspace. But now I've quit my job as an engineering manager to make it happen.

I have over a decade of experience building software and leading engineering teams. For years I have repeated a personal mantra of Create & Care. Creating wasn't just about software; I also loved building processes, teams, and organizations as long as it was all rooted in caring for people.

My first makerspace experience was at Metrix Create:Space in Capitol Hill (now closed) back in 2015 as part of a company team building event. It was a fantastic experience, and I walked away with laser cut pieces to replace the cardboard pieces from my Settlers of Catan game.

Laser Cut Catan Board

In more recent years, I rekindled the long-neglected start to my career in devices (embedded systems), and returned to tinkering with electronics (e.g. Arduino). Around the same time, I started to appreciate a family trade as I began tinkering in woodworking, and before long I was gifted a small CNC router.

My latest project was going to be an attempt to combine these interests. I even had aspirations to launch a KickStarter with it (ask me about it in-person). But it seemed I was always one piece of equipment (and garage space) away from doing quite what I wanted. One morning, early 2022, I woke up wishing for a nearby makerspace to enable me to really bring this project to life. After deciding there wasn't one close enough to home, I paused that project because I had an even stronger resolve: I was going to start a makerspace.

I created a quick placeholder website for a makerspace and spent a few months planning and connecting. I left my job in August, and in September 2022, I began to focus full-time on launching Crea.

And now I'm excited to see how Crea and the maker community in and around Renton evolves.

Renton Made projects sponsored by the Renton Municipal Arts Commission
Our Advent calendar features a maker challenge for every day of Advent leading up to Christmas.
Projects completed in September and October at Crea Makerspace!