Young Mad Scientist alpha blocks

Young Mad Scientist alpha blocks

As at previous Faires, the editors of the magazine and blog got to give out Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbons to our favorite makers. It’s one of my favorite parts of the Faire experience. The makers are usually very excited to get a ribbon — like having the prize Holstein at the State Fair.

As soon as I got mine, I headed off to the Xylocopa booth. Run by a husband and wife team from Tucson, Arizona, Xylocopa make amazing laser-cut jewelry, beads, home decor, and other creations from wood, paper, bone, shell.

By far, my favorite thing they do is the Young Mad Scientist alpha blocks, an eye-popping set of laser-cut wooden blocks with gorgeous art on them. The blocks sport words/images like G is for goggles, D is for dirigible, C is for caffeine. I know what *I’m* giving my nerd friends for Christmas!

[Maker Faire Editor’s Choice winners will be announced soon.]

Mad Science Alphabet Blocks

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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