TAP lab stories

Traditional and modern woodworking techniques working together

Traditional and modern woodworking techniques working together

Gerry is a very experienced woodworker and normally does all his puzzles and games from his own workshop. We were able to use the laser cutter to help with a few aspects of his process to leave him more time to focus on the parts he loves. It was great to see that technology doesn’t have to take over but can be utilised to support traditional woodworking.

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Adventurers gear up!

Adventurers gear up!

As part of 'We Read' Auckland we wanted to encourage people to make things as a way to celebrate their favourite characters. Delving into the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy the participants in our foam sword making workshop were able to learn fundamental skills from our...

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Hogwarts is calling!

Hogwarts is calling!

As a part of the 'We Read' Auckland Council initiative, we collaborated with the council to set the scene and immerse the community in their favourite magical world in our own little way. This week people could come in to fill out a sorting hat quiz about things they...

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ANZAC Wall Tiles

ANZAC Wall Tiles

ANZAC display at the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre For ANZAC day this year Simon (Rox Designs) put together a beautiful display dedicated to our fallen soldiers that fused traditional craftsmanship and modern-day technology. Simon designed and crafted 12 laser...

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Geek Out for Pride

Geek Out for Pride

Prop sword and shield workshop This year as part of Pride Month we were lucky to be part of Geek Out for Pride. This is a rainbow community pop culture event featuring gaming, cosplay, comics and workshops in a friendly, supportive environment. Unfortunately it had to...

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ShieldsUp COVID-19 face shield

ShieldsUp COVID-19 face shield

Art teacher Martin Vieregg printed many of the mask pieces for ShieldsUp. Photo Source: NZ Herald As NZ went into lockdown in March 2020 the ShieldsUp initiative sprung into action. Makers from around NZ were united (while isolated) to meet the PPE needs of frontline...

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