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Michael Shiloh with some old-school breadboarding

Working with EL wire

REALLY old-school breadboarding

I love the concept behind the Bay Area Workshop Weekend event — take the inspiration and enthusiasm generated from Maker Faire Bay Area and present a series of workshops the follow weekend so that folks can learn what they saw at the Faire. Nearly 100 people did just that, on May 28 and 29. They participated in some 15 workshops at Tech Liminal, Hacker Dojo, The Crucible, Noisebridge, and other spaces around SF. Event organizer J.D. Zamfirescu tells us that the most popular draws were Sewing with Electronics, Sequence your own DNA, Distillation Basics, Learn to Solder, and Electroluminescent (EL) wire. Here are some pics from the weekend. There are few more after the jump and on their website.

Mitch Altman points out some distillation basics


We’re sure they meant to be wearing safety glasses!

Workshop Weekend

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.


  • Anonymous

    I wish there were something like this in Portland!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3X4RESQP6C4YYIFQMYU2Q63ZB4 AndrewS

    most people don’t need safety glasses to solder because they don’t stick their face into the joint they are working
    I know solder is supposed to be lead free now but that doesn’t mean the fumes are good for you.
    i wouldn’t like to be that lady.
    I dont imagine she has very good precision of either the iron or the solder with that kind of grip.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3X4RESQP6C4YYIFQMYU2Q63ZB4 AndrewS

    most people don’t need safety glasses to solder because they don’t stick their face into the joint they are working
    I know solder is supposed to be lead free now but that doesn’t mean the fumes are good for you.
    i wouldn’t like to be that lady.
    I dont imagine she has very good precision of either the iron or the solder with that kind of grip.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3X4RESQP6C4YYIFQMYU2Q63ZB4 AndrewS

    most people don’t need safety glasses to solder because they don’t stick their face into the joint they are working
    I know solder is supposed to be lead free now but that doesn’t mean the fumes are good for you.
    i wouldn’t like to be that lady.
    I dont imagine she has very good precision of either the iron or the solder with that kind of grip.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3X4RESQP6C4YYIFQMYU2Q63ZB4 AndrewS

    most people don’t need safety glasses to solder because they don’t stick their face into the joint they are working
    I know solder is supposed to be lead free now but that doesn’t mean the fumes are good for you.
    i wouldn’t like to be that lady.
    I dont imagine she has very good precision of either the iron or the solder with that kind of grip.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3X4RESQP6C4YYIFQMYU2Q63ZB4 AndrewS

    most people don’t need safety glasses to solder because they don’t stick their face into the joint they are working
    I know solder is supposed to be lead free now but that doesn’t mean the fumes are good for you.
    i wouldn’t like to be that lady.
    I dont imagine she has very good precision of either the iron or the solder with that kind of grip.

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