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West Oakland in the news

We are so proud that our local area of West Oakland has received some great press this last month.
Celebrating the custom fabricator and "Maker" scene that has been growing here for years. It is nice to see some thoughtful pieces being written about this area and it's future!

Metropolis Magazine wrote a cool piece on our local area, focusing on two large community based fabricator establishments, The Crucible and American Steel.

Make Magazine and Tech Hive wrote a pieces on what the future holds for the area, and how it has changed into a thriving custom fabricator mecca, with plenty of room to grow.

We are, and have been, excited to be part of this exciting and growing area!

The Long Now Blog did a feature on us!

Honored to be featured on our client's blog. They showcase our work, how we do what we do, and our work with them in transforming their space into something amazing.

Check it out! Both their blog and lecture series are top favorites here at Because We Can. We highly recommend signing up and following all the inspiring things The Long Now Foundation gets up to!

Vintage Modern home renovation, San Francisco

This home renovation we completed recently in San Francisco freshened up a historic home from the 1900's, while keeping and celebrating its vintage details.

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The woodwork now pops into view with its white paint job and the dark floors in the entryway, and all over the home.

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The kitchen and bathrooms were heavy and dark from their last renovation in the 1970's. We lightened and brightened and opened up walls were we could, even taking out some load bearing walls and replacing them with steel overhead to create a better living space.

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Raising the ceiling in the main living space and taking out those walls made such a difference!

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And, or course we could not resist a little BWC fun.... with this porthole window in the kids room.
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See more photos and descriptions on our project page here.

Summer 2013 BWC Open House, this first Friday August 2nd!

Summer has been amazing, so we're celebrating. So stop by and join us in the fun!

We are opening our doors for Because We Can's Summer 2013 open house.

We'll be starting early at 5PM and going until 8PM-ish.

We'll be dancing, drinking, snacking, talking, and showing off great projects recently completed and some currently underway. It's a great time to drop by and talk shop with us, too, if you want to learn more about what we do and how we do it. If she's brave, you might get to meet the new shop kitty too!

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words!

Friday, August 2nd

5PM - 8PM

2500 Kirkham St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 922-8846
Click here for the Google Map.

All are invited, so come on by! We'd love to see you.

Serpent Twins on the cover of this month's Make Magazine

A big congrats to our good friends over at Form & Reform for being this issue's cover shot for Make Magazine!

The article on them is great, all about the various art & fire things they are constantly up to. And it calls us out for our help with the The Serpent Twins tails!

Looking forward to more collaborations with this amazing group of people.

Brian Eno Designing Sound and Light Installations for the Long Now Salon

We are overjoyed (and kind of freaking out) to announce that Brian Eno is going to be doing the ambient sound design for the Long Now Salon project. He has also dedicated a light-painting installation for the space!

Brian Eno has been a longtime supporter & board member of the Long Now. We are HUGE fans of his work and couldn't be more excited! If you'd like to support this amazing project, then help us build it!

Shopbot's new Handibot!

Shopbot, makers of our beloved and tirelessly working robot Frank, have launched a Kickstarter to fund the development of their awesome new little CNC machine, the Handibot!

If you were at Maker Faire this year, you got to see this impressive little portable CNC router. Perfect for jobsite work! I'm expecting a big future for this little guy.

Great thing is that if you know how to use a Shopbot at all, you already know all you need to use this new robot. And if you don't, Shopbot is looking to team up with various app developers. I can see lots of small apps for this; apps to route door latchset pockets without having to take the door off its hinges, cutting perfect circles for bathroom fixture install (like they show in this video), and a whole lot more!

So you should help back their Kickstarter and put these empowering CNC tools into more people's hands!

Small Business Success Award!

We have the pleasure to announce that were awarded the "Small Business Success Award" from Autodesk.

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To promote the award, they made this cool video of our office & work shop....

The way this was edited implies that we fabricated the Serpent Twins completely here in house. Which could not be further from the truth! It was a whole crew of lovely people that help make the Serpents. We did made the tails & some details, which we have a nice project page on if you want more info. Other than that, it is a very nice video, and we thank the people at Autodesk for putting it together!

The Long Now Salon - Under Construction!

We are just beginning to break ground on the Long Now Salon project. The office and museum space is vacated, and the demolition has begun!

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If you are not familiar with The Long Now Foundation, they are an amazing non profit like no other; dedicated to the fostering of long term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years. Their lecture and event series is not one to be missed.

Because, like any non-profit, they are relying on donations, they have created a "Brick-Starter" of their own to help fund this Salon project with a several different pledging opportunities.

As this will be a Salon to commune with your peers over cerebral topics while enjoying a contemplative drink, the pledging tiers are complete with a complexly flavored Tea, Whiskey and Gin, among other things. The consumables all have wonderful stories of their production (as well as their taste). They are each an experience of long contemplation, either solo or with a group. This will truly be an interesting place to spend an evening.

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But the Salon space is not just for the evenings. Our designs for the space use the wonderful natural light that comes in through the historic windows of this Fort Mason building. The light illuminates their extensive library of civilization, the documentation of their ongoing projects, and the impressive clock prototypes on display. The Salon will have it's daytime hours, just as it did before, but now with the space to host small events and talks.

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In the evening the Long Now Salon will extend its hours. For those of you who could not get there during its daytime schedule, you will have the opportunity to spend some quality time within this Museum of The Long Now, as an evening Salon.

And The Salon will be complete that much sooner if you are able to help build it.
Thank you!

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A few things from Maker Faire

Maker Faire was another grand success last weekend. We had a blast of course! We were able to snap a few photos while we were there of the projects we helped design and create. Like these two Skee Ball machines!

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They were a great hit with the kids and took quite a beating....

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We also made a new accessory for the serpent twins project...
These tablet stands that let you control the internal lights from outside the serpent. They were specifically made for all the shows the Serpents have been going to lately.

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When not in the bright sun, they are also good for showing promotional movies on the project.

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See you next year Maker Faire!

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