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Wood is the theme for this month’s Open MAKE/Young Makers program at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Four featured makers will be interviewed by MAKE’s Dale Dougherty in the McBean Theater, between 1pm and 2pm, and they’ll be talking about their work and process, and taking questions from the audience. Makers include:

  • Scott Weaver will talk about his passion for working with toothpicks, and what drove him to spend 35 years on a single massive project.
  • Bernie Lubell has installed a wooden collaborative machine in the Tinkering Studio that will allow visitors to slowly whittle a dowel down to a single toothpick, which will then be added to Scott’s piece.
  • Jess Hobbs will talk about the massive wooden structures that she installs on the playa at Burning Man.
  • And finally, Saul Griffith will bring these four months of Materiality to an end, by talking about his elephants that he built in each of our four highlighted materials: plastic, cardboard, metal, and wood.

Between 10am and 2pm, other Bay Area makers and Tinkering Studio staff will be sharing build activities with the public, including making a personalized laser-cut lantern, learning proper nail-driving with Tinkerer in Residence Gever Tulley, learn other basic woodworking skills, how to build a fire without matches, and Renga Arts will be showcasing some of their wooden music boxes. Plus much more!

See more details, get directions, etc. at the Tinkering Studio website.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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