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Adult poses behind a metal structure with multiple rods suspending rolls of tape.

Adam Savage and the MAKESHOP Tape Rack

Today @therealadamsavage came to #MAKESHOP! We talked about important things like: weaving on looms, storage solutions and the great noise a #polaroid camera makes. Thanks for visiting our #makerspace, Adam! A photo posted by MAKESHOP (@makeshoppgh) on Oct 5, 2016 at 3:32pm PDT On occasion, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has received a visit from a familiar face, from Mr. Rogers to the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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Adapted Tools

In MAKESHOP we believe in offering “real stuff” to everybody in our maker space, regardless of age, but not every space does this. Part of the problem is that some tools aren’t meant for the hands of a six year old, and using an adult-sized tool can be difficult and dangerous. Luckily, using some of these same real tools, we can make modifications to improve grip, and ultimately, safety. A rasp like
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Shop tips: Sandpaper

Sandpaper is a great tool, which we often use in our workshop.  It is very safe to use, compared to some tools, so even our youngest visitors can experience wood shaping. Sandpaper is essentially, as the name suggests, sand stuck on paper.  These hard particles will scratch into wood, plastic, and other materials.  The size of these particles determines the roughness of the sandpaper.  This is called the ‘grit&
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The cover of Press Here (Hervé Tullet, 2011).

Books for Makers, Part 1: Selection

Because “making” can be hard to define, at least in the MAKEHSOP context, finding books that are a good fit for our visitors can be a challenge. Last summer, fellow Teaching Artist (and fellow librarian) Henry and I started picking new books to add to the MAKESHOP book collection so we could begin our Maker Story Time program. In this blog series, I’ll share some of the ways in which we go through t
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Adventures in Attachment: Lesson 0

Attachment Lesson 0: Don’t unattach it in the first place! Plenty of creations are made through processes which take away material from a big piece.  Nothing is added, and therefore nothing has to be attached.  These processes which take away material are called “subtractive”, while processes which add and attach more pieces are “additive”. Sculptures in stone are a great example of subt
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Running stitch example close up

The Running Stitch and the Whip Stitch

  ​​When visitors sew for the first time, they often worry about the tools, like how to thread a needle and whether they’re going to poke themselves with the needle once it’s threaded. Once they start, however, they shift their focus to making a stitch. There are lots of ways to make a stitch, but there are two stitches that new sewers tend to start with: the running stitch and the whip stitch. Both
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