Steward Spotlight: Kevin

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Recently retired, Kevin has always been a maker. Learn more about why he loves the Cave and his advice for future makers.

Tell us about yourself
Born in Suburban Chicago, 32 years in Phoenix, six years in Bend. I retired from IBM last year. In one form or another, I have been involved with building and creating stuff most of my life. I love working with machinery and crafts.

Why did you become a Steward?
Access to a great facility with different folks with all types of skills, but we all share the creative gene. I love learning from others and like to share my experience.

What is your favorite part of being a Steward?
Learning from other folks and sharing the creative experience

What skills do you hope to improve upon while being a Steward?
Machine shop, welding, and woodturning.

What is your favorite project you witnessed while spending time at DIYcave?
One of our stewards (Doc) does a lot of work in turning wooden pens. It has been very interesting learning that process. One of our members recently built an extensive set of displays on the History of Rock Climbing. I learned a lot about the subject and equipment used. I learned that much of the technical equipment used in rock climbing was developed here in Bend. The project involved solving woodworking needs through using the GlowForge.

What advice would you give someone who wants to join DIYcave and start a project?
We have the tools and equipment for most any need, forging, machining, metal fabrication, CNC routing, CNC laser cutting, leatherworking, jewelry making, and woodworking.

Most importantly, there are skills and experience available to help you plan your project and solve a problem.

Talk with the Stewards; there is a lot of help available to think through a project. Don’t be shy; share your plans; there is lots of knowledge available… Most important is just to get started.

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