Steward Spotlight: Todd

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Meet Todd, Bendite who moved away and then returned! He’s used other makerspaces around the country so giving The DIYcave a try was a no-brainer. Learn more about him and why he loves being a Steward at DIYcave.

Tell us about yourself
I’m Bend’s prodigal son: after moving away to Southern California, Southern Connecticut, and Southern Arizona, I’m back living in Southern Central Oregon. I was a researcher in neuroscience and psychology labs, which made me realize I miss creating things with my hands other than computer programs.

Why did you become a Steward?
I had access to a couple of university makerspaces through previous jobs, which sparked my interest in manufacturing and resulted in a long backlog of projects. When I moved back to Bend and found out about DIYcave, becoming a steward was a no-brainer.

What is your favorite part of being a Steward?
Rummaging through the scrap piles! Just kidding. It’s learning from the huge amount of collective expertise available at the Cave, whether through classes or just talking to people about what they’re working on. I expected to learn something while working as a steward, but I’ve been blown away by the breadth of what I’ve learned.

What skills are you hoping to improve while being a Steward?
CNC processes and metalworking. I like messing around with electronics and microcontrollers, too.

What is your favorite project you witnessed while spending time at DIYcave?
Trevor’s topo trail maps. It’s been fascinating to watch him optimize the process of translating an image into a physical object and spin a business out of a creative endeavor. Trevor has a wealth of laser-cutting knowledge.

What advice would you give someone who wants to join DIYcave and start a project?
Don’t be intimidated! As long as you have a goal in mind, the DIYcave community is an excellent resource of constructive input and encouragement.

Interested in becoming a DIYcave Steward? Drop us an email to learn more.

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