Last Thursday for the Tinkering Social Club we brought out power tools, serious cutting implements, copper tape, and LEDs, and let visitors go to town on a bunch of unsuspecting pumpkins. Beautiful and odd creations ensued.
We started the night by inviting staff and explainers to start off the carving. This seems to be a nice idea so that by the time we open the gates around 7pm, there already is a 'critical mass' of people working on a project.
Some of the tools available were dremels, exact-o blades, wood block cutting tools, scrapers and food knives. We also had a table set-up with copper tape, LEDs, soldering irons, and battery holders.
We also handed out pencils and pens so that people could plan out their designs. Andrea sketched out this awesome looking angler fish!
As staff kept working on their pumpkins, we invited more people to come in and start working on their creations.
Most people started off by using a hole saw bit to drill an opening in the bottom of their pumpkins. This was pretty exciting for lots of people who had never used that tool before.
Next people took their pumpkins to the tool table to start carving out their designs. Dremels made the job easier for more intricate designs like this example of pumpkin pi!
Others added electronic lights using copper tape in an adaptation of the paper circuit activity. If the soldering iron slipped, it just cooked the pumpkin a bit.
Adam made this punk-rock pumpkin that used a glowing candle flicker LED as the tip of a cigarette.
Dana created this 'dia de los muertos' skull that used both traditional and power tool carving methods as well as incorporated candle flicker LEDs strung in parallel across the forehead.
Dremels were used to great effect to create swirling vine patterns and spooky night scenes. We borrowed lab coats from the biology lab to protect people's clothes from the fine mist of pumpkin sprayed out by the tool.
Iphones left on the table however were unguarded against the relentless pumpkin particle dusting.
The angler fish looked amazing at the end of the night with creative use of pumpkin seeds and a dangling LED lure.
This fellow spent about 3 hours perfecting this beautifully carved and slightly creepy face on the surface of the gourd. This was mostly accomplished with Ryoko's wood block carving tools.
At the end of the night he found a unique way to display his incredible creation.
Click here for the rest of the pictures of the night. It was another great TSC with lots of conversation, collaboration and fun. For more info about future social clubs please subscribe to our newsletter here!
Tinkering Social Club is possible through the generous support of Autodesk.