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MIT Hobby Shop Demo Series

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Project ended on March 14, at 11:59 PM EDT
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MIT Hobby Shop Demo Series

Our Campaign

The MIT Hobby Shop wants to launch a lecture and demonstration series for our members, sharing new techniques and inspiring them to embark on more adventurous projects. Our first installment, will feature Ben Cowden, Machine Mixologist. Those who make a $75 donation will have an option of attending a post-lecture party with Ben and his mixology machine in the Hobby Shop.

Over the next 18 months, we aim to host five to seven hands-on demos with expert craftspeople and artists!

These talks will be filmed and shared online with the broader community, hopefully becoming a great educational resource for anyone interested in exploring new skills. In order to bring in the most interesting speakers with the coolest ideas, we hope to be able to fly in folks like Jerome Ranft, Rob Godshaw, and Kristin LeVier, and to offer reimbursement for their time at MIT.

To fully fund this new series, we’ve set a goal of $10,000—and with your support, we can reach it!

Take a look at Ben Cowden's mixology machine below:


About the MIT Hobby Shop

The MIT Hobby Shop is a fully equipped wood and metal shop that teaches students the art of thoughtful design. We have machines suitable for cutting, shaping, and drilling a wide range of materials, from metal to textiles—we have everything from an industrial sewing machine to a Shaper Origin to one of two micro water jets in the world!

The Hobby Shop has been fostering MIT’s spirit of learning by doing for over 80 years by providing tools, training and assistance to all MIT students, faculty, staff and alums interested in turning their ideas into reality.


How to Help

Donate now: Your contribution will help our team towards our aforementioned goals.

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Our way
of Thanking You


Water Jetted Bottle Opener

Receive a one-of-a-kind OMAX water jetted bottle opener.

5 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2019


Hobby Shop T-Shirt

Receive the first run of the new Hobby Shop t-shirt design!

14 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2019


Post-Lecture Party Invite

Receive an invitation to a cocktail party after Ben Cowden's lecture, and see his magical mixology machine.

7 of 30 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2019


Dedicate a Machine

Get a custom engraved plaque on the tool of your choice inside the Hobby Shop. Machine availability is based on a first gift/first choice basis.

2 of 20 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2019


Hobby Shop Jump Suit or Romper

Receive a Hobby Shop fitted work jump suit or romper with the Hobby Shop logo.

0 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2019
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