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.

Latest from Gareth Branwyn

Laying out the design for his Wave holster clip using blue layout fluid and a C-Thru ruler.

In this Tested: One Day Build video, with Adam Savage and Will Smith, Adam decides to upgrade one of his Leatherman Wave cases with a belt-borne, one-finger-access clip holster. He decides to use a scrap piece of aluminum for the build. He also plans to upgrade his previous design of... Read more »


On Create Digital Music, our friend Peter Kirn has posted an exciting piece about an artist and maker, Jerobeam Fenderson, who has figured out how to generate dynamic musical drawings on an oscilloscope. Peter explains: Graz-based artist Jerobeam Fenderson is out to solve an age-old problem in the literal fusion... Read more »

"And there it is all done!"

I love this watercolor tutorial using a scene from Mad Max: Fury Road as the subject. Well-known artist/illustrator Scott C. (Scott Campbell) shows you how he uses reference shots from the film, does some preliminary sketches, composites the scene based on those sketches, and then, casually step-by-step, how he went... Read more »


Gamer Daniel Fisher used an old golf ball balancing trick to test the integrity of his D20 gaming dice. To set up the test, he mixed 6+ tablespoons of salt with 1/3 cup room temperature water in a small glass jar. By floating and spinning a die in the jar,... Read more »

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The Chinese have a saying: “It doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white as long as it can catch mice.” While often attributed to the late Chinese leader and architect of economic reform, Deng Xiaoping, it is older. But it is fitting that people attribute it to Xiaoping... Read more »


On his YouTube channel, Applied Hacking, Samy Kamkar has posted a series of clever and devilish Master combination lock hacks. In this installment, he shows how easy it is to manually defeat a lock with little more than some fiddling with the dial and entering the results into an app... Read more »


I love my Dremel tool. Actually I love my Dremel tools. I have several, at different sizes and types (corded, battery-powered, different RPMs). And I have tons of bits and accessories. These are amazing tools that I wouldn’t want to live without. But the accessory bits you buy for the... Read more »