Tell us about yourself
My wife Erica an I have been living in Bend for almost two years now, and we love it! I grew up on the Oregon Coast in Manzanita have always enjoyed using my hands. My father is a glassblower, and I started working with him back in high school. We have a lighting business together that specializes in blown glass pendant lights. When I’m not at the Cave I would generally be hiking, biking, surfing, exercising or exploring.
Why did you become a Steward?
I was living in Las Vegas for the last few years while my wife was finishing up school and despite being a very odd and transient town, I discovered my first maker space full of amazing people. I was instantly hooked! I love learning new skills and always seem to have a few new projects going at any given time. One problem with working from home is the lack of social interaction. You can feel a little isolated at times, and I do much better being around others. Being a Steward is the ultimate. Learning new skills and sharing them with other … What could be better?
What is your favorite part of being a Steward?
My favorite part of being a Steward as others have mentioned is the connection with other people through their projects. Every day new people come in with new projects and new energy. You get a chance to be part of things you wouldn’t usually do. Inevitably you learn something along the way that then can be applied to your own life to further help others. I love win-win scenarios, don’t you?
What skills are you hoping to improve on while being a Steward?
That’s a hard one… When I started out at the Cave I was a little lost. I had too many projects around the house that all required different tools and skillsets and so was a little “deer in the headlights.” At first, I only had bits and pieces of certain skills, but the longer I’m at the cave, the more gaps I’ve been filing in. Currently, I’m more focused on the wood and tech side of things.
What is your favorite project you witnessed while spending time at DIYcave?
Everything in my random skillset started to connect over the last few months with the addition of the Glowforge Laser. I’ve always wanted to create something that combined my love of the outdoors with my passion for art. Enter Topo Trail Maps! Being an avid hiker and mountain biker, I’ve used plenty of trail maps, but this project turns your favorite trail into a work of art! Using the Glowforge, I figured out a way to turn any trail in the world into a detailed 3D topography map unlike anything currently on the market. I’ve only just scratched the surface of the possibilities, but I’m really excited to show these maps to the local community soon! I can’t thank the DIYcave team enough for all the advice I’ve received along the way. It really is a special place.
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