Dispatches

From the Makery: Vintage Computing, Bump Studio, and Softening Stones

From the Makery: Vintage Computing, Bump Studio, and Softening Stones

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. A Short History of Computing A history of computing in 20 objects: from the paper and wooden rods of Napier’s Bones, to […]

Filling the Gaps: Street Level Response to Sandy

Filling the Gaps: Street Level Response to Sandy

“They’re evacuating the Rockaways,” says Tammy, identified by her duct-tape name tag. “The storm surge is going to be 3 to 5 feet.  I can’t send my volunteers into a dangerous situation.” “We’ve got that U-Haul truck of donated groceries,” replies Shlomo, wearing a green military-style cap.  ”The truck’s gotta […]

From the Makery: Stranded Explorers, Hatian Surprise Boxes, and Vintage Photoshop

From the Makery: Stranded Explorers, Hatian Surprise Boxes, and Vintage Photoshop

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Stranded Explorers In case you’re stranded by the storm, take heart: you don’t have to eat penguin. In 1914, Sir Shackleton aimed […]

Hurricane Hacks: Slogging through Sandy’s Aftermath

Hurricane Hacks: Slogging through Sandy’s Aftermath

Natural disasters, like the massive storm that just tore through the northeast US, have a way of bringing out the hacker in everyone.  Faced with a disruptions ranging from slow Internet to flooded homes, people take creative measures to have some sense of normalcy and comfort – just like the […]

From the Makery: Afghan Box Cameras, A Wal-Mart Library, and Chinese Military Shovels

From the Makery: Afghan Box Cameras, A Wal-Mart Library, and Chinese Military Shovels

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Afghan Box Cameras The Afghan ‘kamra-e-faoree’, a wooden box camera, was once a staple of street life. The camera uses no film, […]

Maker’s Dozen: Laser Cutting

Maker’s Dozen: Laser Cutting

A laser cutter, the tool at the top of every garage engineer’s wishlist, is capable of making incredibly intricate cuts in a wide variety of materials. The laser moves back and forth over a stationary bed, much like a CNC router or an architectural plotting printer. Traditionally used for cutting […]

From the Makery: Two Havanas, Chainless Bikes, and Viet Cong Tunnels

From the Makery: Two Havanas, Chainless Bikes, and Viet Cong Tunnels

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Two Havanas Havana has reinvented itself as a tourist destination, but just outside its borders the landscape looks vastly different. Wood-fired stoves […]

John Findra’s Pursuit of Imperfection

John Findra’s Pursuit of Imperfection

The Japanese term wabi-sabi refers to the acceptance of impermanence and finding beauty in imperfection. It could be a blanket, frayed from years of use, or a handmade pot that’s a little lumpy around the edges. For John Findra, it’s old automobiles that have been worn by nature, complete with […]

From the Makery: Goldfish Phone Booth, Lettuce Bot, and Sign Language Recognition Gloves

From the Makery: Goldfish Phone Booth, Lettuce Bot, and Sign Language Recognition Gloves

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Goldfish Phone Booth The era of cell phones mean old glass-and-steel phone booths sit empty across city landscapes, suitable only for use […]

From the Makery: Solar 3D Printing, Official DIY Repairs, and Low-Cost Infant Incubators

From the Makery: Solar 3D Printing, Official DIY Repairs, and Low-Cost Infant Incubators

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Solar 3D Printing Here comes the sun: Markus Kayser’s 3D printer uses the focused energy of the sun to construct objects out […]