We’re going to start having regular pub meets to chat outside the clubhouse, where food and alcoholic drink are both available. They will be every other month, starting Wednesday 13th February, at the Charles Bradlaugh pub. See our Calendar or Facebook for details.
The next workshop to run at NortHACKton will be another session run by Martin Raynsford, based on his previous success with his useless machine workshop last year. This time you can build your own marble machine! Turn a crank to run marbles down a con
e, again and again and again. The workshop costs £12, which includes the complete kit. Ball bearings included.
- Wood glue
- Small pliers
- Craft knife
- Needle file
Well we had some delicious curry last week, and started a debate which will continue for some time; should we buy a laser cutter or a 3D printer? Opinions in the comments below or on the mailing list.
I was also going to write about the laser-cut Christmas baubles Martin made, but he’s already done it himself. Admire them on his website.
A surprisingly successful set of workshops were run over the last month, on soap-making, useless machines, and knitting decorations for christmas trees from chainmail. The useless machines workshop was run by Martin and was very successful. Those who missed out on buying a kit on the day may buy direct from him on his website. For those who don’t know what a useless machine is, participant ntoll wrote it up, including a video.
The soap-making workshop started with some serious demonstrations of melt and pour soap and how to add dyes and pigments, but got very rapidly experimental. Unfortunately there are no picture’s of Mat’s mustard-dyed “soap”, which is probably all for the better.
Pat ran the chainmail workshop, and taught how to make simple European 4-in-1 and European 6-in-1 with coloured rings to make trees. This went well and the chainmail forest is shown below.
On the success of these workshops, we shall definitely organise more, although not quite so many together. Any suggestions for workshops to be made via comments, Twitter, Facebook, the mailing list. And roll on GeekSanta 2013!
We’re going to have a Christmas curry this year, on the 10th December. The current plan is meet in the Malt Shovel on Bridge Street at 7pm onwards, and then move to Aladdin’s Balti Hut for 7.30pm. Comment on the mailing list if you’re coming so I can book the table