Can’t you feel the excitement in the air?! Dublin Maker is on this Saturday! From bitter experience we know that all the Makers will be at this entire week. And as we here at TOG are a caring bunch, we’ll be holding our traditional post-Dublin-Maker BBQ (now with added pizza!) on Sunday, 26th July, from 2pm-5pm.
It will be a chance for the Makers to unwind in an understanding and supportive environment. But it’s not just an event for official Dublin Makers! Now is a great opportunity to finally take a look around TOG, or to get to know our members better. It’s a chance for anyone, and everyone, to chill out with some interesting people, who do interesting things, while filling their bellies. So come one, come all, satisfy your curiosity, and your appetites!
Our pizza oven was built as a bit of a hack over Christmas and New Year. After 5 months of operation, a bit of maintenance and a few minor mods were in order. A better flue, some re-jigging of insulation and foil and some re-pointing of bricks were done.
On Saturday 20th June, we fired it up for our regular open social event. It all worked as good as usual and everyone got fed! We had plenty of first time visitors to TOG too, who got the grand tour of the space. They’ve been keeping in touch with us on meetup and twitter. Pics of the maintenance here.
This Saturday is our monthly Open Social. We are trying something new this month with having a talk on during the night too. We will have all the normal madness with project demo’s, beer tasting , pizza making and general chatting all round but with a short talk by Daniel Cussen.
Our doors will be open from 7pm with the talk starting at 9.30pm . The event is free and all our welcome.
Talk Title : Creating a Satellite Ground Station
Talk Description: This talk will be about the experiences of setting up a Satellite Station to talk to the International Space Station. From more information you can view an article in Echo Ireland on the project.
Loads of pics here
First we had to set some cavity blocks. There’s quite a slope on TOG’s yard so the left side was about 20mm lower than the right. The left side blocks had to be raised to compensate. After the bottom 4 blocks were set, the others were simply stacked on top. Lengths of timber, painted with bitumen paint for waterproofing, were laid across the top, Now we had a suitable platform to build on.
Next we built a timber frame 100mm high, as a mold for a lightweight insulating concrete. Filled the frame with dry vermiculite to find out how much was needed. Made up some wire mesh for reinforcing, some wire rope as a carry handle, and some lengths of cable to make holes for temperature probes. Mixed up 6:1 vermiculite to cement. Levelled out the mix in the frame, then left it to set.
Laid out red bricks to decide the best size and shape. Decided on 3 bricks wide (lengthwise) and 8 bricks deep. Stacked up bricks to make the sides. Used small amount of weak cement/sand mix to seal the gaps in the bricks. Cut 25mm angle iron to support the bricks used for the roof. Lit a small fire to get some heat into the oven and really dry it out. Covered the sides with aluminium foil and rockwool slabs for thermal insulation.
Connected up a makeshift flue and lit a fire directly in the bricks. After a few hours the dial thermometer was almost off the scale at 300 deg C. Time to start cooking! Made a peel from a baking tray and brush handle. Pushed the fire to the back and brushed the hearth clean. Made about 20 pizzas from both readymade bases and dough. There were no leftovers
They were cooking in about 3 to 4 minutes, with one turn half way through cooking time. 12 hours after letting the fire go out, the inside was still at 101 deg C! Pizza oven makes a great patio heater too
- Carrot Cake
- Apple Jam
As we’re well into December by now, we can talk about the C word all we want! As is tradition by now, the final craftnight of the year will be a sugar-fuelled glitterfest where we try to finish Christmas gifts while raising our blood glucose levels. By the time your insulin sorts that mess out, the crochet class on Saturday 14th will let you return to the scene of the sugarcrime and see what you recall.
Sugar craftnight kicks off from about 6:30pm in TOG on Tuesday December 10th. All are welcome, and all sorts of tasty treats are welcome too! There’ll be hot chocolate to wash down the Christmas cookies, and I’ll have some spare felt and sparkles for anyone who’d rather build decorations than destroy their pancreas (of course you can do both). Coordination of baking will happen through the craft mailing list (anyone can join the list and get regular reminders of craftnights during the year). As with all craftnights, you can just pop down on the night. Our first craftnight of 2014 will be on January 7th.
There will be a crochet bauble workshop run on the afternoon of Saturday December 14th from 2:30pm till about 4:30pm. Participants don’t need any prior experience at crochet, and will still make a pretty netted bauble for the tree. The class will cost €7 including materials (or €2 for members for the materials). Sign-up form for the class after the break.
Making and showing off can be such hard work, that’s why Tog are helping out the makers of Dublin Mini Maker Faire by hosting a wind down barbeque on the day after. Last year’s BBQ was a great success, and with more makers at this year’s faire, it can only be better!
The BBQ will be hosted in Tog on Sunday the 28th of July from 2pm. Weather permitting we’ll be sitting in the yard, enjoying the smell of burning coals, otherwise we can huddle indoors and enjoy ourselves. Food will be provided, but you’ll have to bring your own beer (this way you can pick your favourite beer!). Makers who were involved in the Faire will get free-in with their badges. If you’re not a Maker, don’t fret, you can still join us for the reasonable sum of €5.
If you’re not a member, it’d be great if you can RSVP in the comments or by email, so we can plan for you. We don’t want anyone to be left short of food!
Plenty of food for those who come, let us know in comments below.
A 3rd beer homebrewing session is coming to TOG, this Sunday 14th April!
Award-winning brewchamps will be giving attendees detailed instructions, tips ‘n’ tricks, and generally giving the benefit of their expertise.
Beginner, intermediate and experienced brewers attend the brewing session, leading to in-depth, interesting and informative discussions for all.
We’ll start sometime between 10-11am and finish about 3-4pm; brewers tend to go round the corner to the Bull & Castle to socialise after.
Attendance is free and open to all (there may be a whip-around for donations to TOG tho).
If you want to come, why not sign up and say hello to Capital Brewers on their forum here:
Also follow them on twitter for the latest updates, brewdays, competitions, tasting sessions etc:
Looking forward to seeing you there!
All are welcome to come along to this first free brewday of 2013, on Sun 27 Jan from 10am till 4pm. We will demonstrate extract and all grain brewing, and welcome any questions and discussions on the day. This is also a nice social day out for the more experienced brewers. Please sign up so that we have an idea of numbers!
See you there!