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Burner Happy Hour July - Playa Pendants Edition

Oh my WOW!!!! I can safely say that was the most fun I’ve had at an SF Burner Happy Hour so far ;)  It was great to meet all you new Dusty Artists, and to see familiar faces too.  I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to work on art together and hear about your plans for the Burn. 

About 15 camp leaders came to this meetup to laser cut pendants for their camp.  We booked three laser cutters at TechShop SF and assisted in getting their designs printed on wood.  

If you missed this Playa Pendants edition - no worries, we’ll be repeating it again later this year.  But the Burner Happy Hour happens every month on the 2nd Thursday, so hopefully I’ll see you sooner rather than later!

Working on the laser is my happy place and I hope you enjoyed seeing it in action.  And the “real” reason for me hosting the event…. we made out like bandits with all these pendants! (I have an unhealthy obsession with swag, but can you blame me??)

BUT In all the joy of Laser Cutting and Illustrator fun, I completely spaced and didn’t collect attendees’ contact info!  I like to grab your emails at the meetup so we can keep in touch after the event.  

I spoke with some of you about cutting out more pendants at a later date, and I'd be happy to extend that offer to everyone!  If you drop off material at TechShop and provide the files we created, I’ll cut some pendants for you before the Burn.  

So please join the the SF Burner Happy Hour email list for updates of future events and to pick my brain about all your dusty art projects :)  Sign up here:


Burner Happy Hour March - Intros and Lil' Art

Last Thursday was the 1st Burning Man Happy Hour in San Francisco!  We’d like to thank everyone who took time from their busy schedule to come talk about playa art.  Despite the short-notice announcement, we had ten dusty artists join the meetup, which happened on Thursday, April 14.

The first edition of BMHH was thrown together at the last minute, yet unfolded with great participation and burner fabulousness!  While the monthly “happy hour” event had been in planning mode for a while, we decided to host the FIRST event in April (about a week earlier!!!).  So, the actual announcement came just a few days before the event.  

We announced the Burning Man Happy Hour on TechShop’s Meetup page, local burner groups on Facebook, and to the members of TechShop.  Even with busy schedules all around, we had a great turnout.  Some people brought samples of their projects, and we gave informal tours of TechShop SF to newcomers.


All the attendees had great stories and information to share, whether they were Burning Man regulars or planning their first trip to playa.  A few guests also brought some in-progress projects to share and discuss!  Ryan and Griffen were at TechShop that night to work on the ShopBot Alpha, a CNC machine.  They popped into the meetup before going down to the woodshop - they were cutting out panels that will eventually become the stage at the Burning Man camp Dustfish.  

Mark from DeMentha camp had two awesome personal projects to share - both were in-progress but still quite impressive!  He is building a wearable el-wire heart infinity mirror, and he plans to make multiples and give them to camp mates.  And as cool as that was, it doesn’t compete with his Da Vinci-inspired, functioning wings!  He brought a video of them in action and it was impressive to see them in motion.  In the next few months, he’ll be working on a way to skin the wing frames that keeps them light.  I can’t wait to see all of these finished projects on playa!

If you’re interested in attending the next Burning Man Happy Hour, we’d love to have you!

The meetup is held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at TechShop SF.  For updates, please submit your name and email!