What's happening now at Because We Can

Trees and vines for the kitchen

To match the dining room chairs we made for this client a while back, we recently added some tall pantry doors and screens for the existing cabinets.

The dining chairs we made are a set of all different patterns incorporating a tree design motif on the back.


Because the chairs are a focus point of the room, the client wanted a few custom elements for the adjoining kitchen to it all together.


We made a couple of these screens to cover plain areas of the cabinets.

And then created a design that matched the chairs for their larger pantry doors.


Once the framing surround for the cabinets goes in this will all be complete!


Friday, March 1st, BWC 2013 Winter Open House

Winter is almost over (yay!) and it's not freezing in the shop anymore. So stop by and help us join in the fun!

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

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

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

We'll be celebrating and showing off recent projects completed and those underway.
It's a great time to drop by and talk shop with us.

We'll have some snacks, some drinks, many new projects to show, and more.

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

Friday, March 1st

5PM - 8PM

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

Click here for the Google Map.

Bloom inspired Light Shades

For a loft renovation project in downtown San Francisco, we designed light shades inspired by blooming flowers.


Lots of other things are happening in this project, but for now I am just showing off the light shades. They came out really nicely and make a big difference already to the space!


Large frosted bulbs allow us to have the bottom of the shade exposed, and show off the details inside. When you look up at the shade you can see the aluminum plates that suspend above. The patterns cut into the plates throw fun shadows onto the ceiling.


Of course, the different patterns throw different shadows above.


We had a fun time designing these. Not one shade is alike, as the overlapping frosted panels fall in a different orientation on each. The patterned aluminum is unique on each as well.
More to come on this project as it progresses!


The LongNow Gin Tasting

As we've mentioned before, we are helping The Long Now renovate their space at Fort Mason by adding a Bar and Event Space into the existing museum.

The Long Now is a non-profit who's mission is to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

This new space is part of that mission. To help raise funds for this project, they have collaborated with non other than St George Spirits to produce a Gin from the Juniper Bushes at their clock site.

There are so many cool links in the above sentences I cannot even believe it.

Anyway, January 23rd, you can taste this amazing Gin and help support the project by coming to the Gin Tasting event at Fort Mason!


We will be there talking about the new designs, and generally mingling. Hope to see you there!


Newly installed Cat Transit System (CTS)

Our latest improvement to the Mad Scientist Home Workshop project just got its first cat friendly transportation.
Just look at this happy customer:


The tube system travels over the desks,


around three of the four walls, allowing cats to access the top of the Maker armoire.


There are viewing ports for engaging with humans though,


and hidden access points.


As well as lots of details to make it aesthetically pleasing. Including this operable wheel!


The first step to greater cat mobility throughout the room is here!


Autodesk University chess tables

Autodesk University was last week, where we had a great time taking cool classes, meeting new people and giving a presentation on Digital Fabrication. We also helped out this year by making a few tables for the Digital Fabrication Lounge area.


There were Checkers tables:

Chess tables:

And a Go table:

We carved different designs and text over each table...

And made matching stools:

Did you notice that the stool and table bases spell out "AU"?

See Jeffrey talk a bit more about the tables on the Core 77 blog here

Serpent Twins visit Peralta Junction

The Serpent Twins took a visit to Peralta Junction a week ago, and you should too before they close!


Peralta Junction is a great pop-up outside venue filled with live music, vendors and games. We look a night time trip there, but they are open during the day too on the weekends.

The Serpents were looking mighty fine that night in their glowing glory.



Who know what you will see there!

Meet us at Autodesk University Las Vegas 2012

Meet us in Vegas! We'll be presenting at Autodesk University again this year. Keeping it low-key this time after last year's keynote, we're just giving a single talk on digital fabrication. Thus giving us time to go to lots of awesome classes, meet up with great people, and visit a wonderful tiki bar. We'll see you there!

The LongNow's new salon space

We have been involved with The Long Now for years. They are just too cool for us to stay away. But recently they asked us to help them design their new salon space. Of course we accepted!

Their current space has an open office over a museum and book store that shows off all their various projects. They also try to use the space for receptions after their very successful lecture series they hold in a nearby theater within Fort Mason. They noticed that there are more people having more interesting conversations in these receptions, so they want to turn the space into one that could accommodate this use all the time.

We have been working closely with them to make the new layout a modular design that will fit their unique needs.


By day, the space will serve as museum, library, event space, and coffee bar. It will allow for The Long Now to expand upon their very successful lecture series into smaller, more intimate events.

By night a cerebral salon space that serves inspired cocktails and promotes conversations through the exhibits on display.


To help fund the project, artisanal bottles of Gin and Whiskey are being made by St. George Spirits, using the Juniper berries and botanicals from the clock site.


If you purchase one of these bottles, it will be kept at the salon, in traditional Japanees Bottle Keep style, for you to enjoy there. The bottle will be lowered down to you from the ceiling, where all the bottles are kept, like a full ceiling chandelier.



We are looking forward to seeing this project go into construction. And it will happen sooner if you all purchase a bottle!


It will not only serve as a fund raising vehicle for the non-profit, but act within the community and larger society to help further the primary goal of the Long Now: to foster and encourage long term thinking.

You can see our full project page for more images here.
And find out more about how to support The Long Now salon here!


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