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No September EatFoodTalkShop, instead NYC meet-up later this month!

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No EatFoodTalkShop this month, instead let's meet in New York!

We're going to Maker Faire NYC later this month. So we're going to have the first-ever BWC NYC Meet-up while we're out there. We're very excited about it! If you're in the area, we'd love to see / meet you.

So no September EatFoodTalkShop, instead it's a NYC Meet-up. EatFoodTalkShop returns next month!

We'll have details posted to our blog and twitter feed later this month on the NYC Meet-up. We'll see you in New York! Thanks everyone!

Meet us at Maker Faire NYC

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See us at Maker Faire!

We proud (and totally jazzed) to be participating in this year's Maker Faire NYC!

We love NYC. And we love Maker Faire. And we really love giant stainless steel globes from the future-past.

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How could this not be awesome? Maker Faire NYC is being held in Flushing Meadows, which is where the big world's faire in the 60's was held. There are still some relics left behind, all amazing in their own way.

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We'll be giving a talk on going pro as a Maker. It's a revamped, hot-rodded, redone version of the talk we gave at Maker Faire in San Mateo. See you NYC!

Jeffrey McGrew wrote a chapter for Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011, which is now out!

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The wonderful Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture series is one of the standard books on Revit. Highly recommended. Put together by this crew of knowledgeable folks, it's currently available from amazon and soon as a downloadable version.

In additional to all the BIM basics, there are extra chapters on all sorts of great work being done via Revit. The one on Revit in the movie industry for set design is stunning! We got to help out on this one too, in that we wrote the extra chapter on BIM-to-CNC fabrication.

So go and grab your copy today!

Jeffrey McGrew is now a California Licensed Architect

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We're proud to announce that Jeffrey (finally) got his paper from the state. While I passed my final Oral Exams a while ago, the paperwork took a bit (as always).

So say hello to Architect Number 32623 (a palindrome! Awesome!).

This is a big deal to me, for you're not allowed to call yourself an Architect and have anything to do with the building industry unless you're licensed. You're also not allowed to do anything other than houses, some interiors, and furniture, for you can't stamp the drawings for permits.

You may have cleverly noticed that those three things I just mentioned are the majority of what our company does. Now you know why! With this licence, we're hoping it will open us up to a whole new market (and not just new lawsuits! ;-) )

The California licence is the hardest to get, covers the most ground, and transfers to other states more than any other. I hear rumor that they are changing the Orals into a written test or something, so I'll also get proper bragging rights that I had to do it 'the hard way back in my day'.

Business Talk at reMake Lounge as part of Make:SF meetup tonight

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We're giving a repeat of our Maker Faire small business talk "Turning Pro: Becoming a Professional Maker" at The Remake Lounge tonight as part of the monthly SF:Make meetup.

The talk was a hit at Maker Faire, for it's all about basic business lessons we've learned from the perspective of a professional Maker.

Come check it out, and hope to see you tonight!

July 8th 2010 EatFoodTalkShop

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Please join us for a night of project sharing, summertime story swapping, and some CNC demonstrations!

It's time for our regular 2nd-Thursday-of-the-month open house / project salon / OMGBBQWTF called EatFoodTalkShop! We're going to get these going again from their brief hiatus due to moving. So count on a monthly show-and-tell for Makers! Bring a project, or a story, or just curiosity and questions.

Please drop by and help us eat food, drink libations, and share project stories. We'll be showing off our recently finished projects for Wikipedia and Bookrenter. Frank will strut his stuff as well with a few demos.

We'll have some food and drink, you bring some more and your friends! Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words.

Thursday, July 8th 2010

6:30PM - 9:30PM

Please note that we've moved!

2500 Kirkham St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Hope to see you there!

Lost? Lonely? BWC help line: 510-922-8846

Business Talk at Techliminal as part of Make:SF meetup tonight

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We're giving a repeat of our Maker Faire small business talk "Turning Pro: Becoming a Professional Maker" at Tech Liminal (an Oakland technology salon) tonight as part of the SF:Make meetup.

The talk was a hit at Maker Faire, for it's all about basic business lessons we've learned from the perspective of a professional Maker.

We'll be giving it again later this month in San Francisco as well.

Come check it out, and hope to see you tonight!

Woven Twist Coffee Table

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Twist coffee table

Woven Twist Coffee Table. Sustainable Maple and Walnut ribs weave together into this modern yet organic base. Another custom piece design for an office interior in San Francisco that we're working on.

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The two opposing spirals create a delightful visual tension (and give the form strength) while the frosted top adds mystery to the 'fingers' holding it aloft. Let us know if you'd like something simular!

Eat Food Talk Shop June 18th - Our first big open house at our new location!

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Eat Food Talk Shop June 18th, 6:30PM-9:30PM. Our first big open house at our new location! Lots to celebrate...

Please join us for our first open house at our new location. We've got lots to celebrate!

From finally finishing up our big move, to our great new fabrication studio & offices, to Jeffrey's passing his orals for his Architect license, to this fine hot summer that seems to finally have arrived... Boy we have so much to celebrate we're bursting at the seams!

So please drop by and help us eat food, drink libations, and share project stories. We'll be showing off our recently finished project: our new digs! Frank's got upgrades, our new office rocks, and the fabrication studio is all setup for fast production.

We'll have food and drink, you bring the friends! Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words.

You can find us at our new digs:

Because We Can
2500 Kirkham St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 922-8846

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