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Brian runs an LED Throwie workshop

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I’m building a Blinkybug. Kids LOVED the Blinkybugs… and the Mini-Monster kit.

Last weekend (Sept 28), Brian Jepson and I, along with the most awesome Esti Gerson, ran a mini Maker Square at DC’s venerable Crafting 2.0 event Crafty Bastards! It was a surprisingly fun day, given the fact that Brian and I were coming off of a round-the-clock book push and the sky kept on leaking heavily at regular intervals. (I asked one friend, who stopped by the booth, how long he’d been there. He said: “About three cloud bursts.”)

We ran LED Throwie and button ring workshops, and Teresa Levy did a paper bead workshop. We talked to a lot of enthusiastic MAKE and CRAFT readers, sold some merch, turned on some new folks to what we do, and talked up Maker Faire. A good time was had by all. If you’re in DC next year when the crafty bastards pitch their tents again in Adams Morgan, it’s definitely worth checking out. [Photos by Esti.]

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Pavel Ushakov

    Wow this is very nice. I wish I was there to check it out in person. Hope you had a lot of people attend it.