Photos from the DIY Spring Retreat 2013

The DIY Team spent the past week hanging out in Bolinas, CA where we built and raced box car derbies, discussed plans for the new DIY Headquarters, explored the beautiful hiking trails along the coast of California, and generally relaxed and enjoyed being off the grid (ok, not totally ;) ).  It’s been a great week and we’re now back in the office as wide-eyed as ever and ready to build out our plans for the future of DIY.

11 months ago 39 notes

Bio-Observer" by Maker horseboy on DIY.

A description of the project from the Maker: 

bottles reused for caterpillars. theywill make cocoons to live through winter. in spring i will put them outside and i hope they will still be there and become butterflies. the bottles are cut in two and the top is put upside down in the bottom. there is earth in the bottom and the leaves of the plant that these caterpillars eat. i have three bottles, they are 3 different butterflies so 3 different kinds of plants. my mum helped me look up the kinds of caterpillars on a special website and i looked on wikipedia to find out more about the host plants.

1 year ago 19 notes

Become a Tracker

Trackers read the stories that animals write as they move across the land. The depth of a pawprint, the angle of a broken twig, the splatter of a puddle – these are the patterns that a Tracker deconstructs. The easiest way to start tracking is to identify a set of tracks. Consult a tracking guide and cross reference it with the species known to be in your area. 

More challenges:

1 year ago 82 notes

Challenge of the Day: Make a Track Casting

You can create a lasting record of a track by casting it in plaster. Look in soft mud near water sources, damp sand, and other ideal surfaces to find tracks. Once you’ve found your track, plaster a footprint that can be later analyzed and used as evidence. This project solves a challenge for the Tracker Skill.

1 year ago 9 notes

18 Of the World’s Most Amazing Treehouses

The appeal of tree houses is fairly obvious: seclusion, sustainability, coziness, communion with nature. Of course, often times those are qualities that are felt rather than understood—there’s a reason that, for many youngsters, the first real architectural impulse is to want a nest among the trees. But tree houses can retain their magic for adults, too. And as a gorgeous new book from Taschen shows, when that childhood dream is realized with grown-up resources, the results can be truly stunning.

1 year ago 266 notes