Peter has been a Steward at the Cave for almost our entire existence and has seen many projects come and go. Learn more about him and his favorite part about being a Steward.
Tell us about yourself
Growing up in Seattle my father built two sailboats in our backyard. The first was a 32-foot long Sefair sloop. He purchased an Alaskan cedar shell (hull deck and cabin) from a local boatyard and spent evenings and weekends finishing the interior and cockpit. My brothers and I were tool fetchers, and board holders (boy clamps). We learned how to use a variety of tools and swear when things didn’t go well.
Why did you become a Steward?
The arc of any project is satisfying. When you break it down; what begins as a thought, forms into a design becomes parts which take shape and ends as a finished piece. As a Steward, I get to help people’s make their dreams come true!
What is your favorite part of being a Steward?
As Stewards, we help nurture the DIY/maker community in Bend. When I give tours to visitors, I’ll tell them, “You’ll join for the tools but stay for the community.” It’s so cool to see what other DIYites are working on. They share their ideas and experience, and in turn, I get to share my projects and things I’ve learned too. When I’m stumped with a problem, it’s helpful to draw on the collective expertise of the members, Stewards, and owners–our DIY community.
What skills are you hoping to improve on while being a Steward?
I have been a Steward for nearly three years, and my tool knowledge and shop skills are light-years ahead of when I started–just ask the owners. I am currently learning to use the Glowforge and design using Inkscape. I would love to learn to machine and turn metal.
What is your favorite project you witnessed while spending time at DIYcave
It’s tough to pick only one. When I started, a woman was building a side-car for her motorcycle so that she could take her dog to Alaska. That project captured the maker-space spirit: “I want this, no one else is doing it, I’ll make my own.” Other memorable favorites are Curry’s 4th of July easy-rider tri-person tricycle and John Sweet’s upcycled cabinet-wood First Aid Kit.
The Lichtenberg Burning Technique is the coolest innovation/process I’ve learned to do. Watching rivulets of glowing embers flow and form random fractal patterns is mesmerizing on its own. The finished result is unique and beautiful.