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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.

Latest from Gareth Branwyn


After Foundry editorial director Sean Ragan gave me a knife for my birthday this year, forged from a length of steel wire cable, I fell down a rabbit hole into the world of knife-making videos. The backyard knife forging “scene” on YouTube is its own strange little maker subculture. Here’s... Read more »


As someone who keeps an art journal, this is a technique I will definitely be trying. The idea couldn’t be easier. You take analog photos, get them photocopied on a toner-based copier (or laser printed), and then apply a blender pen (available in arts and crafts stores) to the reverse... Read more »


Colossal reported earlier this week that Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang (who does a lot of pyrotechnic-based art) had finally succeeded in executing his Sky Ladder piece. Readers may remember Guoqiang from his gunpowder art and that time he filled the Guggenheim with suspended LED-exploding cars. Sky Ladder was realized at... Read more »


The website TwistedSifter posted a gallery of pipe welder Scott Raabe’s handiwork that you have to see to believe. Here’s what TwistedSifter had to say: Scott Raabe is a Texas-based welder with nearly a decade of professional welding experience since graduating from Texas State Technical College with a degree in... Read more »


In this Tested video podcast, Adam Savage talks to Will Smith about his latest mobile tool caddy project and his concept of “First Order Retrieveabilty.” Wha? Basically, it’s Adam’s shop layout philosophy of minimizing the need to go through things to get to other things–the things you need! I.e., as... Read more »

The Silver Wolf. ZumA2's first gun, inspired by Metal Gear Sold 4.

ZumA2 is a cabinetmaker from Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture who works in steel. When he’s not hammering out desks and filing cabinets, he’s using the tools of his trade to fabricate the most gorgeous sci-fi-inspired rubber band guns. ZumA2 has so far fabricated some 30 different guns and even begun to... Read more »


As part of the British Museum’s Pompeii Live film promotion, they posted the following on their website: In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The British Museum asked Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the... Read more »