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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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Some Reflections on SewShop

Last week we wrapped up SewShop, sorted through all the scrap fabric, put the bear-repair teddies out of their misery and put our sewing machines back in storage (for now). Many of the visitors (not just the youngest ones!) were completely new to the world of sewing and textile manipulation. Quite a few had never cut fabric before, never held a needle, never even thought to examine the seams inside their clothes! Of
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MakeShop tour May 14th

Zach A and I made this video on Saturday May 14th to show off the MakeShop space.  MakeShop is coming along nicely.  We look forward to adding more and more opportunities for making in the future. The space currently has four different stations.  The first station you will see in the video is Take Apart, where you can use different screwdrivers to take apart broken electronics.  The second station is the Fabrication
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ElectricShop: intro to Arduino

Join us on Thursday May 12th, Friday May 13th, and  Saturday May 14th from 10:00 – Noon and 1:30 – 5:00 in the MakeShop to explore the Arduino board.  We will have several Arduino Uno, Netbooks, and parts to make simple Arduino projects. If you our unfamiliar with the Arduino board check out this link and visit the official website here. Paul
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