Mountain Makers

14 rue des écoles, 63410, Manzat, France

Makerspace Coworking space Fab Lab Third-place Residency

Space size 300 m²

Opened in June 2020

Structure type Association (NGO)

Explored in February 2021


Mountain Makers is a rural makerspace including houses to host up to 6 international residents ! We aim to renovate by ourselves barns and a garage on site. Makers are there almost everyday to work on the renovation but the makerspace is not officially open to public yet. Feel free to contact and make a stop to meet the local makers community !

Main interests

Technology - machines & tools Community Residency Makers

This workshop is great for:

Non-profit organisations Seniors Craftsmen Hobbyist makers Adolescents between 12-18 Every single person & organisation! Farmers Makers residency

MAKER RESIDENCY 2022 - MOUNTAIN MAKERS

⬇ RESIDENCY 1 → Distributed manufacturing ⬇

Take part in a nationally distributed manufacturing project. From open-source design, help us to make and build furniture for local social inclusion needs.

  • TYPE OF ACTIVITIES: Build open-source furniture
  • PERIOD: 11 weeks
  • DATES: 1st march to 15th May (flexible)
  • TRANSPORT: Included
  • ACCOMMODATION: Included (full guest house)
  • FOOD: Included (3 meals/day)
  • EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORT: 100€/week (+400€ prime if the project is done at time)
  • HOW MANY PLACES: 1
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31 January 2022

Start your Journey

(If the orange button doesn’t open well, please, just send us an email on residency@vulca.eu with:
- Object: MAKER RESIDENCY 2022 - MOUNTAIN MAKERS - DISTRIBUTED MANUFACTURING
- Message : Short presentation of yourself + when you’re available for a video call)

⬇ RESIDENCY 2 → OPEN DOOR ⬇

Every summer and for a week, we invite 20 international Makers to the village of Manzat and its surroundings to come and carry out activities related to the makerspace but also to discover our region.

  • TYPE OF ACTIVITIES: P2P workshop and renovation of the makerspace
  • PERIOD: 7 days
  • DATES: 8 to 14 August
  • TRANSPORT: Not included
  • ACCOMMODATION: Included
  • FOOD: Included with donation possible (3 meals/day)
  • EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Not Included
  • HOW MANY PLACES: 20
  • APPLICATION DEADLINES: 1st July 2022

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Start your Journey

(If the orange button doesn’t open well, please, just send us an email on residency@vulca.eu with:
- Object: MAKER RESIDENCY 2022 - MOUNTAIN MAKERS - OPEN DOOR
- Message : Short presentation of yourself + when you’re available for a video call)

Interview & guided tour

Meet someone from the team & discover the space by yourself!

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

🏞 OPEN DOOR WEEK 🏞 Every summer and for a week, Mountain Makers association invites European Makers to the village of Manzat and its surroundings to come and carry out activities related to the makerspace. We hope the makers will discover our region and in return make local citizens aware of how the makers movement can make a change!

The next open door week will be between the 7th and 14th August 2022. If you are interested to join, email here: makersdesmontagnes@gmail.com

20 places are available. Selected makers will be hosted for a week free of charge if they can get here.

The project has started with the physical reconstruction of abandoned old farms and garages where they will gather together a local makers community.

They are creating a rural Makerspace that will be accesible every day, both to local members and international residents.

This will create an eclectic community of young volunteers, curious citizens, entrepreneurs, international artists or makers, where they can feel free to use the space and facilities as a part of the community.

This includes:

  • local homes to host international makers and workspaces
  • educational facilities to combine digital and analogue knowledge, processes and capabilities
  • pop-up workshops based on expertise of makers-in-residency

… all of them created to work in concert with local projects

The project aspires to highlight the power of the makers movement in the reinvention of and contribution to a sustainable future, created in ways that are replicable and open sourced.

About +20 active members come regularly to the makerspace and every week, we have new visits.

The Mountain makers’ community is very diverse. The youngest member is 15 years old and the oldest 83 years old.

To give you an overview, we can find several students involving in many different fields, also retired with a huge life experience, Engineer in Chemistry / Forge / Foundry / Dev’ and also more widely Carpenter, Plumber, Teacher, farmers, …

Since we live in a countryside, most of the members come from villages around but also from the large cities, such as Clermont-Ferrand (+30km).

The business model is a balance between membership, event and donations.

The project is jointly-led by several local and national partners, in a list that keeps expanding. These include :

🏞 OPEN DOOR WEEK 🏞 Every summer and for a week, Mountain Makers association invites European Makers to the village of Manzat and its surroundings to come and carry out activities related to the makerspace. We hope the makers will discover our region and in return make local citizens aware of how the makers movement can make a change!

The next open door week will be between the 7th and 14th August 2022. If you are interested to join, email here: makersdesmontagnes@gmail.com

20 places are available. Selected makers will be hosted for a week free of charge if they can get here.

The project has started with the physical reconstruction of abandoned old farms and garages where they will gather together a local makers community.

They are creating a rural Makerspace that will be accesible every day, both to local members and international residents.

This will create an eclectic community of young volunteers, curious citizens, entrepreneurs, international artists or makers, where they can feel free to use the space and facilities as a part of the community.

This includes:

  • local homes to host international makers and workspaces
  • educational facilities to combine digital and analogue knowledge, processes and capabilities
  • pop-up workshops based on expertise of makers-in-residency

… all of them created to work in concert with local projects

The project aspires to highlight the power of the makers movement in the reinvention of and contribution to a sustainable future, created in ways that are replicable and open sourced.

About +20 active members come regularly to the makerspace and every week, we have new visits.

The Mountain makers’ community is very diverse. The youngest member is 15 years old and the oldest 83 years old.

To give you an overview, we can find several students involving in many different fields, also retired with a huge life experience, Engineer in Chemistry / Forge / Foundry / Dev’ and also more widely Carpenter, Plumber, Teacher, farmers, …

Since we live in a countryside, most of the members come from villages around but also from the large cities, such as Clermont-Ferrand (+30km).

The business model is a balance between membership, event and donations.

The project is jointly-led by several local and national partners, in a list that keeps expanding. These include :

Machines & tools available

Arduino Uno column drilling machine circular saw drill bench Mitter saw Band saw Power tools

Technologies & processes available

Traditional tools 3D printing Wood working tools Metal working tools Welding

Services offered

Community center Residency programs Coworking space Exchange programs

Our best practices

The inspiring things we do here to run our collaborative space

Community-built Makerspace

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Documenting the workshop’s life Community Creating your workshop

A community in the heart of the project

Mountain Makers is a makerspace still under construction. We started having two old farms and a garage, and we want this space to grow in parallel with its community.

We are developing a sense of belonging of the local community by including the community from the very beginning in the renovation of the place. We build roofs together, pour concrete, dig the ground, anything and everything needed to build a space. And we learn a lot from each other! Everybody is an expert in something else.

But we also want to be internationally connected. This is why every year we organise a participative week where we invite 10-20 international makers to come, make and learn together.

We foster among our member’s exchanges, mutual aid, solidarity, the pooling of resources, sharing the good practices, knowledge, experiences, and trans-disciplinary and trans-generational know-how in order to facilitate the transition from idea to reality for the members of the association.


Our makers projects

Get inspired by the DIY projects of our team & members

Community-built Makerspace

Develop a feeling of belonging by building together our shared space

We believe that the renovation of a space will create a united community that will know how to use the makerspace as a whole and be resilient over time.


A long-term vision

It has the ultimate goal to launch and settle a makers community in middle France, to facilitate and provide an enabling environment for the current and next generation of makers.

  • EDUCATION and LONG LIFE LEARNING: To attract skills from diverse sectors that contribute to the empowerment both the youth and elders of local communities.
  • CULTURAL and SOCIAL INCLUSION: To attract international citizens to meet with local people, so they can inspire each other.
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP and INNOVATION: To attract talents from all over the world to contribute to the development of the region.

Come and experience for yourself!


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