Photos From Open MAKE: Tools at the Exploratorium in SF

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Photos From Open MAKE: Tools at the Exploratorium in SF

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Last Saturday’s Open: Make at the Exploratorium in SF had a theme of Tools, and it was a wonderful scene, as always.  I’ll share some of what I saw in another, non-gallery post, but here are some great photos of the happenings, taken by Gregory Hayes. See the MAKE Flickr page for his notes.

If you don’t know about Open MAKE, it’s a collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE Magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios in which a diverse array of makers run hands-on activities and demonstrations in the back of the Exploratorium from 10am to 2pm. Then the “Meet The Makers” session takes place in the museum’s theater at 1pm– featured makers do short, fun presentations followed by Q-and-A and discussion. Don’t tell the fire marshall, but the theater is so packed during Meet the Makers that I wonder if occupancy exceeds the maximum allowable.

Last Saturday’s Meet the Makers, hosted by Gareth Branwyn, featured mechano-amusement designer, cartoonist, and television host Tim Hunkin (favorite tools: lathe, vise-grips, MIG welder, and angle grinder); textile artist Moxie (dry felting needle); chef Elizabeth Falkner (bare hands, mortar and pestle, blowtorch); makers David Lang and Eric Stackpole (the OpenROV underwater vehicle, which is a “tool for adventure”); and mechanical artist Benjamin Cowden (sketch pad, 2-D CAD, and TIG welder).

Click here to watch the Meet The Makers session in full.  The next Open Make is scheduled for  Saturday April 21 with a theme of Trash, but check online for updates and more information.

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Paul Spinrad is a broad-spectrum enthusiast, writer, maker, and dad who lives in San Francisco. He hatches schemes at

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