Monthly Archives: December 2011
We’ve been making tops with Explainers, and with visitors on the floor. They are such simple devices, yet mesmerizing to watch, compelling to spin, and complex to make. What’s not to love?
In preparation for the open:MAKE season, we’ve been trying out a lot of new experiments in the Tinkering Studio over the past couple of weeks. Last Friday, we brought out some kaleidoscope experiments that Nicole has been working on as … Continue reading
And not just any snowflakes, laser-cut computer-generated fractal snowflakes courtesy of Nicole and Dan!
Although we’ve been experimenting with all types of top-making materials over the past few days, I think that my favorite toy was made using only one ingredient – masking tape! “Tape helps” has been an unofficial mantra for solving consistency … Continue reading
In many of our favorite activities, visitors to the Tinkering Studio often use materials in entirely new and surprising ways. For example, even though we’ve been doing Marble Machines for years and years, every once in a while someone will … Continue reading
We are getting ready to try a little Sumi Ink Club experiment soon, and so covered a wall in our prototyping space with white paper, so that if the muse should strike, we can pick up a brush a doodle … Continue reading
One of the many experiments with tops in the Tinkering Studio
To really get a sense of the color, motion, and story behind Scott Weaver’s holiday masterpiece it’s necessary to hear the man himself give a tour of the winter wonderland. Enjoy some of Scott’s insights on the process of making … Continue reading
We all know Scott Weaver makes amazing toothpick sculptures, solos on the drums, and juggles knives and frisbee, but he is also the star attraction every holiday season for tens of thousands of visitors to his home in Rohnert Park. … Continue reading