YMakers – The Week So Far

Too busy Making to write concise blog posts. Here’s a mess of photos from the last week or so. Click each one for more info!

 

Presidio YMakers Learn New Tools

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Maker April learning to use the wood burning tool to make some incredible art.

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We learn how making is an art form.

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Carter just can’t contain his enthusiasm for the new wood burning tool!

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Maker Casper working with the wood burner.

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Jeff teaching younger makers to use big tools, safely.

YMakers reflections

Read what these YMakers have to say about their time in our makeshop. Fun times had by all! (I’ll translate some of their chicken scratches)

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“I made a boat and a car” -“I learned that some tools can be dangerous,” and “I loved that I got to use some cool tools.”

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“I made a race car stadium “, “I used the band saw”
Addendum: this YMaker did, in fact, build a large model of the Titanic with his pals during later workshops at the Y. It was pieced together from scrap wood that they’d salvaged from older projects, and the team built it entirely on their own. They are proud of their hard work and dedication to their project.

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This maker later told me that he was glad to be in our program because it was a place where he knew he was trusted, when he didn’t often feel trusted elsewhere. He said he would show people the things that he leaned and practiced at YMakers so that they would give him more trust.

Making Y Swag

Silkscreening is cheaper and easier than you think! Our makers can use their screens to create custom shirts, hats, bandanas, posters, art work… You name it! They’ll print it!

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Making GOOD

These YMakers are making a difference. Answering a challenge from YouTube maker mentor, Steve Ramsey, they’re making airplanes to support Make-A-Wish! For each airplane made, Mr. Ramsey has pledged to donate $5 to the organization, and his sponsor has agreed to match it. Our YMakers students get to keep their plane, or give it to a friend, or they can take it apart and make it again. No matter what they do with their plane, that maker has done a good deed for someone in need.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.makerscare.org, and look up Steve Ramsey’s YouTube channel (my personal favorite): Woodworking For Mere Mortals. I’ve learned more about woodworking from Steve than from just about any other source.