The Tool at Hand(s)

One Tool
Mark Lindquist, Dowel Bowl, Hardwood Dowels, Glue, 5 1/2″ H x 36″ D, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Lindquist Studios – All Rights Reserved

You may remember Kevin writing about the The Tool At Hand, or maybe you saw this wild video… either way, I just wanted to remind you that The Tool at Hand Milwaukee Challenge is happening this Saturday, March 17th, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm.

So what is this “one tool/tool at hand” thing all about? Here’s a description:

“Milwaukee is a city full of creative people. The Chipstone Foundation has invited makers in the city to explore the concept of creating a work of art using only one tool.”

Yup… just one tool. Does that mean one tool with 500 attachments, or does it really mean just “one” tool?

I’m not entirely sure, but I’m not just posting this so you can check out Kevin’s work… We’ve got a number of Milwaukee Makerspace members involved and showing what they’ve created with just one tool. If I recall correctly we have Kevin, Shane, Jason H., and myself all showing work.

Also, does anyone else like the fact that they specifically used the word “makers” instead of “artists”? :)

Contact Mic & Circuit Bending Workshop with CMKT4 January 28

Join the members of the circuit-bent rock band CMKT4 for a workshop on building your very own EconoMIC Bottle Cap Contact Microphone (from Creme DeMentia). CMKT4 will show you how to solder up a piezo-electric pickup and house it sturdily in a recycled bottle-cap housing of their own design! Stick around for a set from the band as the tool-handle dip on your freshly built contact microphone dries.

CMKT4 is also going to offer their Build a Bending Buddy workshop. Attendees should bring simple electronic toys that make fun noises for experimentation. There will be some examples of some already bent toys and a little show and tell/performance. CMKT4 will provide literature on how to wire up different bends and ICs, for which the Bending Buddy will be good preparation.

Additional take-home kits and other surprises will be available, come build a mic and see and hear some of the circuit-bent instruments you’ve read about on www.GetLofi.com up close. Bring your own instruments and objects to amplify!

The Contact Mic workshop will be $15 and the Bending workshop will be $20. You can do both for $30. Additional kits will be on sale for $10, and there will be fully assembled mics in several varieties for sale as well. We’ll have some other fun goodies also. Interested onlookers are encouraged to donate if they don’t want to build a kit.

CMKT 4 are Austin Cliffe, Zach Adams, and Jeff Cox. The circuit-bent/rock trio has made it their mission to leave no hackerspace behind on their way to their next Maker Faire; they want to bring new devices, sounds, and ideas to your town. They are constantly working to make new and interesting devices and music.

The workshop is from 1-6PM on Saturday January 28th, 2012. We hope to see you there making some noise with us!

Holiday Make-A-Thon 2011 Photos

Wow! We had a great turnout at the Holiday Make-A-Thon, and besides teaching people to solder, and providing blank ornaments to decorate, we just generally had a good time.

Here’s some photos from the event:

Soldering

Here’s Royce teaching someone to solder with our Tie Pin Kit. We plan to have these at all the events we participate in so we can show people how easy it is to get into soldering.

Ornaments

Here’s Brant working on some ornaments. We used the CNC Router to cut out a bunch of different shapes for people to decorate.

Ornaments

Here’s a collection of finished ornaments.

Penguin

Here’s a dried gourd that was transformed into an awesome penguin.

Some crazy looking reindeer Brant made out of scraps from one of my projects…

And finally… Starclops. (Does Starclops really need any sort of explanation? I think not.)

Thanks to everyone who came out to make this event awesome!

Thursday Night Time Lapse

A time lapse video complied from the Milwaukee Makerspace CCTV system. 7 hours of video compressed into 4 minutes. All events took place between 4:30 and 11:30 PM Thursday, September 29, 2011.

Activities include:
– Rich welding
– Chris and Rich working on their electric cars
– Chris driving his electric car in and out of the shop
– Tom, Adam, and Royce working in Diptrace
– Bret, Rich, Royce, and Adam blacksmithing items with the forge
– Various people working on misc. projects and chatting
– Royce, Brant, and Adam etching and tin-plating circuit boards
– Pete working on his Makerbot 3D printer

Makerspace Represents at Made in Milwaukee (Sept 3rd)

Made in Milwaukee

CATHEDRAL SQUARE PARK – September 3rd, 2011

We here at the Makerspace are always looking for ways to reach out and raise awareness in the community of our existence.  When an opportunity like Made in Milwaukee comes along, how can you pass that up.  We will be at this festival (click image above for more info) all day showing off our inspiring creations and supervising hands-on maker activities.  So please stop by our tent and show us some love!

BarCampMadison

MadCamp

BarCampMadison (also known as MadCamp) is this Saturday, August 27th, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

BarCamps have been great events to connect with other makers, and at last year’s BarCampMadison, Mitch Altman was even in attendance and gave a talk on the Hackerspace Movement.

This year there are some proposed sessions which may be of interest to makers, including How I built a 2-axis CNC laser out of (mostly) junk from my basement, Learn to Solder (from the Sector67 folks) and one I’ll be leading, An Introduction to the Egg-Bot.

If you can’t make it to this BarCamp, don’t worry… we’re about 5 weeks away from BarCampMilwaukee6. :)

Bay View Gallery Night is Friday, June 3rd at the Makerspace

Friday, June 3rd is Bay View Gallery Night: The Milwaukee Makerspace is hosting our own artists, and artists from Bay View Arts Guild to show their work. We have over 20 confirmed artists, plus two bands and more!  Stop by the Makerspace between 6pm and 10pm!


BVAG Participants:
Janet Falk / fiber
Karen Costello / jewelry – recycled stuff
Terry Nichash / photography
Ian Pritchard / photography
Donna Pogliano / jewelry
Cali Thomas / paintings
Anita Burgermeister – paintings
Stan Doty – wood carving
Erich Ebert – poetry & installation

MM Participants:
Brent Bublitz – sculpture
Jackie Steffen – illustrationsc
Kevin Bastyr – sound sculpture
Pete Prodoehl – drawing robots
Matt Neesley – sculpture
Amanda Endries – collage
Jason Gessner – interactive audio
Matt Gauger – interactive audio
Ross Oldenburg – interactive audio

Community Participants:
Dani Schmidt – Vase Sculpture
Bill Arthur – Painting
Lisa Sim – jewelry

We also have two bands playing: Makerspace’s own Ross Oldenburg in his band The Plane to Lisbon, followed by Steve Cohen.