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Gaylen Hamilton: DIY Surgeon in action!

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Surgery at Mada!

Hackett cut himself. Bad. He was attacked by a piece a metal. A sharp piece of metal. A sharp and mean piece of metal. Gaylen can now add “surgeon” to his resume. Coming soon: new class! Gaylen teaches DIY Surgery!

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Banner Test

Rivka and I tested the banners for the chariots. They are looking good!

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2 more classes: Molding and Knot Tying

———————— Knot Tying (w/ Lindsay) ———————– Learn basic knot tying skills from the Bowline to Trucker’s Hitch. Impress your friends with knowing how to tie a knot and when to use it.One of the single most useful skills, and the best way to fake all-encompassing competence- step up out the background and tie a clever […]

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playing with scale

Here’s some pics of the signage that my Queens Museum english class has produced so far:

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Upcoming MIG Welding classes

This month and next, Madagascar Institute is offering 3 welding classes with 3 Artstars. The class that made Madagascar Institute famous. Impress your friends, your older brother, and that cute bartender with your tough new skill. This 3-hour introductory welding class will teach you the very basics of MIG welding and familiarize you with the […]

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signs/banners/backdrops update

So, we had a lovely day arting in tents outside the Queens Museum… Here’s an update and some images of what we did, we’ll be continuing to work next week Sunday from 1pm-5pm and it would be most awesome if any of you joined. Banners (posters) Jet Ponies – underway Voodoo Lily – underway 360 […]

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today was a day of motors

Jhosef and I started off taking apart the tiny carb for the go-ped little mini scooter, that had a former life serving Erok as his playa ride. We got the thing apart into lots of tiny little pieces and pulled all the mystery bits of red rubber out, and re-assembled it back on to the […]

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plant wheels

New layers are being added to the carousel, and its slowly transforming into a man-eating plant!

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Madagascar Institute finally does something for the children

At Maker Faire San Mateo, ran The Wheel aka the carousel for lots and lots of people, including packs of children. Most of them couldn’t even reach the pedals, though many tried. We had about 5 or 6 people fall off the ride, none of them children. I guess that jungle gym training is good […]

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carousel time elapse

Gaylen set up a time elapse camera above the carousel at Moscone West, so you can see the whole spiel, from setup to party to teardown:

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The Carousel at GadgetFest/Google I/O

No one got hurt, though we had about 6 people fall off. The stagehands were super helpful so we got out in record time. Next, Maker Faire!

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Mada in Popular Mechanics

See for yourself, a Popular Mechanics love song to our very own Hackett! Some of us were behind him while it happened: Welcome to the Academy of Mechanical Arts and Ballistic Sciences

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the next carousel test, now with fire and LEDs!a

Thanks to J&M Special Effects just down the Gowanus four blocks, we ran a completely legal test of the entire carousel complete with 4 propane cannons and a tower of LEDs, all powered from the electricity generated by the generator on the middle. That means it all works! Sure, there were some kinks so now […]

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carousel at a party

Thanks again to Drew and Josh and all for letting us use their space! We worked all week on the carousel and had plenty of room to build, test and ride it. Then a party showed up at the space, and so we added that extra special mada touch to the party. Plus Mia brought […]

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back when we built things with jets

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how do we get this damn thing together?

After a big production push in the mada shop, we moved over to the super big Gowanus Hotel space for the final assembly. Up until this very moment, we had a clear, simple idea of how these 8 custom plywood-wheeled bike things would go together. We threw that all out the window when we got […]

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It’s alive!

Yesterday, we finally figured out the angle on one section, so we had to take it for a spin. The whole thing was just held together with C-clamps so we were fucking stupid to be going that fast. Everyone survived and much fun was had. Today was the first test of the whole thing bolted […]

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carousel progress

The carousel is coming along, tomorrow is the big first test! Here’s where we were as of last night:

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Upcoming Classes

We have three classes coming up this month: Beginning Mig Welding with Hans, $50 ($30 for members) plus a $10 materials fee. Sign up here for: tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13th 7-10pm Thursday, April 22nd 7-10pm Lis is also teaching the ever popular Make Your Own Absinthe in two sessions, 4/27 and 5/4 at 7pm. Sign […]

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