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Introducing the team!

The MakeShop is excited to introduce the newest members of our team.  We are incredibly lucky and proud to have such an amazing group of individuals.  These people are some of the best makers and educators in the area and will be available to work alongside our visitors. Lisa Brahms, Research Fellow and MakeShop Project Lead Adam Nye, MakeShop Manager Amy DiPlacido, MakeShop Coordinator Kevin Goodwin, Facilitator Jer
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MakeShop is Coming Soon

The new MakeShop exhibit will be located in a large, better equipped space that will allow our visitors to make in many different ways! The MakeShop will include some of the following specialty areas. WoodShop – Use real woodworking tools to shape wood and build your own projects, like birdhouses and more! SewShop – Learn to use a sewing machine to upcycle clothing, sew a stuffed animal, handbag, scarf &#
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Exciting News

The MakeShop space is currently being renovated and the exhibit will open on October 22.  Please visit this blog for more details!  We will be posting staff biographies, pictures and a sneak peak at what the new exhibit will look like.
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Sewing Circuits, Part 2

On Tuesday, Pei and I hoped to replicate the success of last Sunday’s workshops. We soon realized, however, that it was a beautiful day outside — after so many unpleasantly hot and sticky ones — and the attendance rate of the museum was therefore lower than we had anticipated, as all of Pittsburgh was busy enjoying the novelty of not having to swim through the humidity in the air. By the time 1pm ro
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Made at MakeShop!

Here are some of my favorite highlights from the first week of MakeShop! Hopefully we’ll be getting more visitor-submitted photos soon to add to our growing collection over at Flickr! A wooden grasshopper. Or was it cricket? Either way, it was awesome! The airplane “Kindness” That is one hefty looking car. Or tank. TV-themed puppet-theater booth! Sky’s beautiful birdhouse Carson and his car
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WoodShop Begins

It’s been quite a change, moving from the malleable and forgiving materials of SewShop to the hard-bodied solidity of wood, and making the adjustment from electrical-powered sewing machines to a cadre of hand-powered tools. Already with WoodShop I am discovering a completely different kind of reaction to the tools and materials we’re using. Hammers and nails are nearly ubiquitous, and most visitors are aw
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