Also, be sure to check out craftzine.
Making Springs on a Small Lathe
Here is a good article about making your own springs including heat treatment using steel wool in a toaster oven. http://www.deansphotographica.com/machining/projects/springs/springs.html
Events & Activities
HMS Beagle Science Store - voted Coolest Store in Kansas City
Check out these other great Maker Friendly groups:
Local Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups
Regional Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups