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I'm thinking of hosting an afternoon or evening event where people bring crafts they've been meaning to work on or items they've been meaning to repair. For instance, I have some pants to patch, a wooden tortilla press to build, and a chair whose seat needs re-caning. By holding an event, I'd like to arrange for three things:

  • If I bring together people who like building/repairing things, they will be able to pool knowledge and tools to mutually support each other's projects.
  • There would be social pressure to actually get shit done instead of getting distracted by YouTube and the like. (There's no TV in our living room, and I would ask people not to use their pocket TVs either.)
  • An excuse to have relaxed social time with friends.

So, this post is to gauge interest and work out scheduling. Here are some prompts; answer as many or as few as make sense to you.

  1. Would this be of interest to you? (What about some variation that you think would be better?)
  2. What are your scheduling preferences? (Weeknight, weekend morning/afternoon/evening.)
  3. What sorts of projects would you like to bring? What sorts would you like to help with?
  4. Are there any tools you would need that you don't have? Are there any tools you could bring that someone else might need?

This would be in the 2nd floor living room at our house in lower Allston. We also have a basement work area, complete with bandsaw of unknown usefulness and a random assortment of hand tools.

I'm also sending this out as an email, but I actually don't know either the LJ/DW names or the email addresses of many of my friends and acquaintances! So I've almost certainly left out some folks by accident -- if you know a friend who didn't get this and really should, feel free to pass it along!

Date: 2014-02-09 08:43 pm (UTC)
sorcyress: Drawing of me as a pirate, standing in front of the Boston Citgo sign (Default)
From: [personal profile] sorcyress
1) Yes yes yes! I am super interested in having an excuse to break out the sewing and the cosplay prop making and the origami and the whatever else I'm supposed to be doing with my hands, and go do it! I'm also _really_ interested in the idea of a bike one (and if you don't have sufficient yard space to host a bunch of geeks with their bicycles, I totally do.)

2) Wednesday or Thursday weeknights, or weekend early afternoon. (like 11:00AM-4:00PM or so.)

3) I am not super useful at helping people with the creative side of things, but I'm pretty good at "hold this steady while I..." or whatever.

4) I own like...screwdrivers.

~Sor

Date: 2014-02-10 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocorua.livejournal.com
I think favorably of the concept, but it's a long drive to town and many of my projects aren't portable.

Date: 2014-02-10 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xuth.livejournal.com
I too am in the "it's a long drive (flight?) to town. These things can be good but possibly for a limited set of crafts.

Date: 2014-02-10 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] larksdream
It's of interest to me, but most of my "crafty stuff I need to get done" is sorting & doing work on photos on my laptop, so I don't know if that would really be what you're looking for. It's what I do at other craft nights, though.

I would be willing to help other people on their stuff, even if it's just "hold this end in place" or whatever.

Timewise, I could only make weekends, and only Sunday afternoon / evening for the next few months.
Edited Date: 2014-02-10 02:57 am (UTC)

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