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Flowering Elbow – budding community

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Last month we held our first open workshop event and signed up our first members – very exciting! The name Flowering Elbow, when it came to us, partly appealed because

Conduit-Shelving Instructable

Monday, July 15th, 2013

We’ve written up an instructable about how we made our conduit-shelf project, which we have been using in the FE workshop for some time. It is basically a weld up of some reclaimed heavy duty metal tubing into a conduit for part of our electrical distribution. The twist is that it doubles as a set […]

Musings on Mending @ Mendrs

Monday, July 9th, 2012

So, Flowering Elbow attended the first Mend*rs symposium 29th June-2nd July. Organised by three inspired menders and scholars: Jonnet Middleton, Guiseppe Salva and Beck Collins with the aim of: ‘bring[ing] together an emergent community of research around issues of repair. By research we include practice-based research, arts-based research, activist research as well as traditional academic inquiry. We want to […]

The Joy of Upcycling (into a Dust Sniper)

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

One of the best things ever is when you can change the context of an object and make it live again.  There is something special about thinking up a new use for something other people have deemed worthless, and having it not just become useful, but actually excel at performing its new function.  The ongoing […]

Whisked away in a cyclone (dust separator style)

Monday, May 10th, 2010

You could call it getting “horribly sidetracked”, “cascading project proliferation” or “autonomous task sprawl”.  But on the other hand one could just as easily describe it as being gripped by a fortuitously unplanned and fascinating problem. The oak double doors have been on the go for a while now.  In their process we also seem […]

DIY Boots

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

This Instructable seemed too cool to go un-tried, so try it I did