Introducing Sparkvent

We are really excited to announce what we’ve been working on – Sparkvent. Its an open source ventilator made from easy-to-acquire components.

Take a look at for more info, and check out the video below, or drop into for more info.

Sparkhaus News – June 2019 edition


Our lease is signed!! Say hello to Sparkhaus 2.0 with fellow collaborators Curious Legends, and Lovelorn Studios. Our new address is 2/24 John Hooker St, Islington, and likely this is our new forever-home.  The small industrial complex backs up to the Styx River/Throsby Creek, and is right next to the Islington Public School. Below you will see a couple rough ideas of 1. What the space looks like 2. An idea of what it could look like (thanks Benny for the concept drawing).

What this means for existing and potential new members – over the space of the next few weeks/months, a lot of our attention and efforts will revolve around moving and getting set up again in the new space, and the existing space will be in a bit of a shambles while we get packed and moved over. We apologise for the disruption – however, once we are moved in and settled, we think it will have been worth the wait.

In terms of logistics, THIS WEEK:  – we need boxes for moving, and sets of hands. Everything has to be cleared from the mezzanine before we can disassemble it. Possible shared 3T Pantech with Curious Legends; what we cannot send over this week, we will finish next week (July 1) We might also end up needing additional vehicles. If you have something that you might like to use to assist with moving, or even if you just want to come along and sweat with us while we haul stuff, hit us up on the contact page 🙂

*As soon as we get keys, keep a watch on the Members Nexus page for time and date of showing. Fingers crossed for Tuesday!  

Maslow CNC Build

Big big thanks to Pete Humble for ordering, Pete Micallef for helping pick up all the lumbar, Jeremy Funke for general engineering wizardry and problem solving extraordinaire, Ned Haughton and Felix for bringing badass programming and design skills to 3D print and laser cut custom parts for the router, Bernard for supplying the perfect router out of thin air and all the awesome construction, Murray for bringing an architects’ eye to the construction and making sure the thing was square, Drew and Paul Schiebaan from Newcastle Mens Shed Inc for the support and the bottle of wine to christen the baby. Well done!


Opening Day was a win

Every man, woman, child and dog…

So we kicked off with a lovely bang, great people, and a lovely vibe – kids and dogs and people from all over the place, old friends and new. The laser cutter was a big hit particularly with the kids (and the big kids), as was the retro video game machine.

The view from out front.

The view from the mezz
OMG, What the fluff?
Just laser cutting some sheep.
Angela and Sacha 3D printing stuff
Laurie and Sach taste-testing “The Legend of Red Beard” brewed in honour of Laurie for his awesome work building the mezz.

Thank you all to came along, especially those that made a bit of trek from out of town (Grant, Angela, and Juno). And thank you to who helped build this thing especially BOSS, Burners Without Borders, Newcastle City Council Community Place Making Grant, and everyone who put in some yards welding, nailing, building, (swearing), donating, writing, hash tagging, and making. And big ups to Laurie for the amazing mezzanine, and Leanna from magicking this thing out of thin air.

Here’s to the beginning of big adventure. Can’t wait to see what we make with this big beautiful thing.

Love and frickin laser beams