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Making It Through 2020

2020, it’s been a year, right? There have been serious hardships for many people. I don’t in any way discount the very real and difficult losses felt but so many. But also, it feels remiss to not acknowledge the examples of resilience, kindness, and bravery that this year provided. And, I’ll admit, some good news is needed. So allow me to highlight some of the positive moments to come out of MakeHaven this year.
 
When supply chains went down, makers stepped up

Workaday Hack - Office Re-Entry Issues

So during the Work-At-Home period, my architectural design team got into a rhythm of MSTeams meeting and communicated pretty well. However, we encountered a technical challenge after re-entry to our office. (like other workspaces, we 're slowly filtering in with masks, strict hygeine rules, distancing, and a cap of 50% occupancy). We're still relying upon MSTeams because of travel restrictions and because some teammates are still at home.

A Message About Racial Disparity at MakeHaven and What We Can Do

MakeHaven's reason for existence is to empower people through access to tools and learning, thereby affording them opportunities that otherwise would not be available. We are committed to having a membership that reflects all of the communities MakeHaven serves; one of the guiding principles of the organization is: “Our makerspace community is stronger when everyone is meaningfully involved and represented”.

Workaday Hack - DIY Phone Cradle

If you're working at home (I feel lucky to be doing so...some people aren't lucky enough to be working at home or to be working at all) this 30-60-90 degree cradle can make it easier to manage a phone next to a laptop during video conferencing. The double notch allows portrait or landscape orientation and it should be sized to hold your wetsuited phone snug. Flip it over if you'd like a more dramatic view of your nostrils. Made with 5/4 pine but anything thick enough to not tip over will do fine.

From Sketches to functional prototypes. MakeHaven also facilitates academic research!

I came to New Haven for a 4-month academic exchange at Yale University. Here, I collaborated with the Department of Cardiac Surgery to explore novel treatment options for patients with heart failure. With a biomedical engineering degree and an ongoing master's degree in Experimental Surgery, I aim to approach unmeet needs in the field of circulatory support for the development of improved cardiovascular devices.
 

Observations of a Makerspace Organizer at the Global Community Bio Summit.

Biology and biotech are exciting frontiers. As a makerspace I see it as our obligation to make exciting areas of technology more approachable by providing tools and experiences. For this reason our makerspace has been interested in becoming involved in the Community DIY Bio Movement.

Nour Al Ghadban AIESEC in Yale Intern in Make Haven from Kuwait

In the middle of the middle east between two bordering countries which are Iraq and Saudi
Arabia in front of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait is located. Its named from the word Kut in Arabic
which means fort . It's a small country its slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey in terms
of land area as in with the population its estimated at 4.5 million total.

 

Bowl Carving

So today I departed from my neoprimitivism to see just how quickly I could bang out a bowl. I produced the a similarly goofy looking bowl as I did last time (this one has a sort of scandinavian boat motif) but this time I did it in 5 hours. Word of caution....the circular chainsaw grinder attachment I use for the fast rough-out behaves similarly to a chainsaw in that its very agressive and can pull one into a cut. This is not to be used in a careless way and should only be used with safety gear (face protection, hand protection and thick clothing.)

Mast and Boat Building

Last Winter I finally got time to layup and fabricate the Mizzen Mast and remake a better sliding cap for the cabin.  

The mast was made from Home Depote bought 2X3 by 8 wood that was scarfed on a 10 to 1 ratio and laided up into four 28 ft lengths using West Marine adhesive. The they were Glued together using PL premium The mast was then tapered and then cut in to 8s then 16s . The would had Grain denisty of  12 rings  or more per inch. The layup had to be done out side because of the shear size but the scarfs were cut and glued at Make Haven