Category Archives: Maker Monday

Meet your Makers: The Stump Artist, Jesse Toso

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This is Jesse Toso, aka the Stump Artist. He’s the creative force behind Toso Wood Works. He also likes to carve things with a chainsaw. Jesse has been an award winning chainsaw carver for over 10 years and demonstrates his talents in shows and competitions across Canada.

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Toso Wood Works sources salvaged, wind fallen or beach combed wood to create unique pieces that reflect a west coast lifestyle. They love wood with a story, like their spalted maple coffee table created from a stump salvaged on northern Vancouver Island, or their tables made from trees that fell in the 2006 storm that ravaged Stanley Park.

Jesse will be at Maker Faire with his chainsaw so you won’t want to miss him!

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Meet Your Makers: Obscurius

The Obscurious duo (comprised of Amy Fielder and Niel McLaren) combine the art of needle felting with programmable lighting and whimsy to bring you a bazaar of impossible creatures.

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At their booth, you’ll see glowing wool sculptures brought to life with embedded LEDs. Sculptural needle felting is a relatively young art form developed in the 1980s. The technique uses notched needles and wool to create 2D or 3D designs.

Amy and Niel discovered needle felting at the 2015 Eastside Culture Crawl and were excited by the enormous variety of shapes that could be created, and are now combining this textile medium with computer-controlled LEDs and EL wire to create soft, glowing sculptures. They are interested in exploring the lighting, colour, and shape of deep sea creatures, viscera, and fungi.

Amy Fielder is a designer for children’s cartoons, a portrait painter, and a fan of the humourously grotesque. Lately, she’s been translating her sketchy weirdness into creating huggable things. Niel McLaren likes to create interactive experiences. He is interested in different conceptions of time and space and in crossovers between computer algorithms and natural forms.

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Micromouse robot building contest

Today we’re featuring a fun robot building contest hosted by Dan Royer of MarginallyClever.com. Dan is a lifelong maker and robot builder that has been to (and presented at) every Maker Faire in Vancouver as well as quite a few of the international ones. He’s famous for his Makelangelo drawing robot among other robot creations he demonstrates at his booth.

At this year’s Faire, the Micro mouse robot contest will award cash prizes for the top three fastest robots that can solve the giant maze. You can build your robot using just about anything you want and you can form a team to collaborate on a robot build.

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Please note that you will need to build your own robot (following the rules linked below) BEFORE the event in June. You’ll then race your robot at Maker Faire.

Entries will be accepted until June 7th and the Faire is on June 11th & 12th. There is no entry fee but you will be required to gain admission to the Maker Faire yourself (robots get in free!).

Watch this brief video clip to see what kind of robots compete in this challenge:

Head over to the contest page for the full details on the robot competition and to register. Start building!

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Anderson Prototypes #MakerMonday

Meet Jim Anderson who runs Anderson Prototypes.

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Jim is a returning maker to this year’s faire and always brings an exciting collection of tools and machines from his shop in Port Moody. A long time machinist, Jim branched out on his own about nine years ago helping individuals and companies realize their ideas using his wide array of skills and tools.

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If you can dream it, Jim can help you make it a reality. A self described ‘possibility generator’ (which is an awesome title for what he does), Jim’s work for his clients have covered the gamut from specialized hand tools, movie props, metal stays for bustiers, signage, and hundreds of other items even including a custom wheelchair for a dog that lost his legs. This variety helps Jim keep his creative juices flowing to bring his ideas and wealth of knowledge to his client’s projects.

He’s planning on bringing more machines this year for his biggest booth yet which will be operating throughout the weekend event.

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In addition to showing how his CNC mill can quickly mill out a hands in wood for attendees, Jim will also be showcasing a number of different manufacturing methods using the other machines on display in his booth.

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He’s also got a few interesting giveaways planned for the faire so make sure you stop by and get the scoop from Jim directly this June!

Check out Jim’s website for more examples of the projects he works on.

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