Tag Archives: Creative Edinburgh

Edinburgh Tool Library

For many makers, the cost of equipment can really limit the scope of their projects. Across North America and parts of Europe, community tool banks have been popular for years .They allow creatives to realise the full potential of their imaginations by lending a range of kit and providing the expertise and support to use them.

Earlier this year Chris Hellawell launched the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first of its kind in the UK. ETL loans basic tools, offers expert advice and demonstrations, and provides employability training for young people in the city.

Come and meet Chris and the team at the Mini Maker Faire, learn about the services on offer and even offer your own expertise. The Edinburgh Tool Library provides the resources letting you dream big!

Maker Focus: Up To Much

Up to Much, aka Sandy Noble, is returning to the Mini Maker Faire with his incredible Polagraph, and this year it is even bigger and better than ever!

Polagraph 1 Polagraph 2
Simply put, a polagraph is a machine that draws a picture using a normal pen, some motors and some string. Inspired by art created by the AS200 drawbot and Harvey Moon’s drawing machine, draftsmen might recognise this as a primitive, gravity assisted pen plotter. An awesome one. It’s called a polargraph because it uses a dual-polar coordinates system internally, rather than the regular cartesian system we (and computer systems) tend to use.

Polagraph 3
Sandy runs a very small company called Up To Much that he uses to bring some of my designs to market. He likes machines and mechanisms, furniture and using modern industrial magic to create bespoke technology for individuals.

Polagraph 4
Don’t the chance to check out Sandy’s new, HUGE, polagraph and some of the breathtaking artwork it creates!

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire wins Creative Edinburgh Unite Award

We were delighted to receive the Unite award from Creative Edinburgh at their 2nd Birthday party and awards ceremony at The Bongo Club last night.

Creative Edinburgh is a not-for-profit membership organisation offering creative industry businesses and individuals in Edinburgh a channel to connect to available support, programmed events, business-to-business networks, skills development and investment opportunities.

The Unite award was presented for the 2013 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire – in recognition of the way the event brought creative people from across the maker community together. We were thrilled to win and all enjoyed showing off the award itself – a lovely set of knuckle-dusters complete with Unite emblazoned across the front in shiny gold letters, made by Bonnie Bling.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s Mini Maker Faire and made it such a brilliant day.

p.s. Have you heard about our call for makers for 2014? For your chance to get involved complete the application form here.