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Crazy April! We spent a lot of time working on our new headquarters (“Camp”) – more specifically the back porch that has already been used for morning stretches, multiple happy hours, hammock time, multiple guitar pulls, and a dinner for 16 prepared by one of Austin’s finest Rene Ortiz. The back porch also proved to be a good place to design and critique the “Virtual Fire” sculpture that was designed by Jack and Spence Kellum for the Waller Creel Pop-Up Adventure Picnic. Next was the first Austin “Camp Design Build Adventure: A Design Build Adventure in Heavy Metal”. The three day workshop brought 6 strangers into our shop to design and build custom metal furniture or art to be sold at Sunday’s Cocktail Party benefitting Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. (Read about “Heavy Metal” in the New York Times). The participants (with the aid of our food and beverage sponsors, and musical guests) created some pretty bad ass “heavy metal” and raised over $2700.00 for HAAM. In the shop we were hard at work on our steel and brass BILLY REID sign and custom brass hang bars / shelves for the new Georgetown location. Custom furniture for Studio A and our “sandlot kitchen” clients on New York Avenue (East Austin). The Adventure spent the last week of April in College Station working on some serious landscape edging. Top the whole month off with Jack’s art in REFUELED Issue 11, and sometime Adventurer Taylor Tehan is on the cover.
Adventurers: Katie Ford, Jack Sanders, Spence Kellum, Adrian Larriva, Philip Burkhardt, Dan Dyer, James Rosinbaum, Adolfo Moreno, Jaime Lovell, and Daralee Fallin. Photos by the Adventurers (really good ones by Adolfo Moreno).
Check out the El Cosmico Camp Design Build Adventure June 5-10 in Marfa, Texas HERE.
April 21, 2013: Day 3 — the final day — of the Design Build Adventure in Heavy Metal, benefitting HAAM, began nice and easy with stretching on the back porch, breakfast tacos and coffee. Adventurers then quickly got to work, putting the finishing touches on their heavy metal masterpieces. As the sun got low on the horizon, everyone gathered for a celebratory dinner, prepared specially by Austin executive chef Rene Ortiz. Afterwards, friends of Design Build Adventure and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) gathered for an evening of live music under the stars and a silent auction, which featured the metalworks of the adventurers, a grill custom-designed by Rene Ortiz, and donated items from Farmhouse Delivery, Billy Reid, Folk Fibers and Jack Sanders. We raised $2,773 and every dollar went to HAAM.
The musical lineup included Sarah and Andy Sharp, Michael Fracasso, Dana Wheeler and David Pulkingham, and Jon Dee Graham and William Harries Graham. All the musicians who participated in the design build adventure weekend graciously donated their time. We’d also like to thank Real Ale Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Progress Coffee and Farmhouse Delivery for their support.
We are very proud of our adventurers, all of whom accepted the challenge, learned something new, and applied themselves 110 percent in helping us raise money and awareness for HAAM.
“Don’t let the fear strike you out!”
April 20, 2013: Day 2 of the Design Build Adventure in Heavy Metal, benefitting HAAM, kicked off with Stretching with Jack on the back porch. Adventurers then participated in a design discussion over a breakfast of migas and coffee before heading out to the shop to start bringing their ideas to life. During lunch, Jack and the adventurers finalized plans to ensure each person’s project would be successful, given available materials and time allotted. Adventurers also got a quick lesson in how to use a water level. The afternoon was dedicated to more collaborative work in the shop. Day 2 culminated with another campfire happy hour with live music provided by Mark Nathan and Jesse Ebaugh of Heartless Bastards, Dan Dyer and Tift Merritt.
Come out this Saturday, April 13th to Palm Park (E. Cesar Chavez and IH-35) for the Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic and see the installation DBA has built for this great event. The images above are a time lapse sneak-peek of the final design… We can’t reveal it just yet.
CAMP DESIGN BUILD ADVENTURE explores new perspectives on the built environment in our lives. This 4-day workshop focuses on locality and community in design – not just the materials and the construction techniques, but how climate, geography, socioeconomics, personal relationships and even factors like the food, music and art of a place can and should influence design. More than just a how-to clinic, CAMP DESIGN BUILD ADVENTURE is about creating meaningful experience as we work. We believe that an important part of the design process takes place in shared communal moments around the camp, dinner table, and bonfire. More info and Camp Registration can be found here. Sign up now!
March 1, 2013 – we moved to the new headquarters, Camp Design Build Adventure.
March – Hillside Retaining Wall, Castrop Gates, Bike Shed Trellis “X”‘s, development of Waller Pop Up, front porch, back porch, plumbing, y mas
March 27, 2013 – Adrian and Dan depart for the DOONANNY.
April 13, 2013 – Pop Up Adventure Picnic, PALM PARK
April 19-21, 2013 – A DESIGN BUILD ADVENTURE IN HEAVY METAL
June 5-10, 2013 – Camp Design Build Adventure El Cosmico Marfa, TX
This past weekend, the Texas Playboys Baseball Club gathered at the new Design Build Adventure headquarters (affectionately known as “The Long Time”) to test the batting cage, break in the front porch “music stage” and partake in a ridiculously delicious potluck picnic. (You haven’t lived until you’ve tried one of Lucy‘s Scotch eggs.) We’re happy to report that The Long Time, situated on five acres, served as the perfect setting for such a gathering.
We can’t wait to host our first weekend workshop here in April: A Design Build Adventure in Heavy Metal, benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). No matter your experience level, you will get the opportunity to design and build something out of steel — while supporting a great cause.
Spots are filling up fast, so let us hear from you. To sign up for the April design-build adventure, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all music enthusiasts and creative types. On April 19-21, we’re hosting A Design-Build Adventure in Heavy Metal. During this 2.5-day workshop, you will get the chance to flex your creative muscle, learn a little about design, work with power tools and create something entirely unique out of steel. The adventure will culminate with a special, invitation-only party and silent auction that showcases the heavy metal masterpiece created during the workshop. Auction proceeds and donations collected at the party will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
A Design-Build Adventure in Heavy Metal will take place at the recently relocated Design Build Adventure studio in Hornsby Bend, just nine miles east of Austin on FM 969. Five acres of Central Texas prairieland — marked by sprawling pecan trees, a campfire pit, main house, tool shop and small performance stage — will serve as the setting for all activities.
This weekend workshop is not a formal school or certification program. It’s about engaging in the creative process while supporting a nonprofit that keeps Austin’s creative community healthy. People with all levels of design-build experience — and that includes having no experience — are encouraged to come on this adventure. Adventurers will learn basic metal-cutting, bending and welding techniques and participate in a collaborative design-build project.
HAAM and Heartless Bastards bassist Jesse Ebaugh are working together to ensure A Design-Build Adventure in Heavy Metal incorporates plenty of live music.
A $550 tuition includes:
* a design-build adventure starter kit;
* 20 hours of design/build instruction and working with tools and materials;
* breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday;
* campfire happy hour with special musical guests on Friday and Saturday evening;
* Sunday dinner by Rene Ortiz, executive chef of Austin’s La Condesa and Sway;
* Invitation-only HAAM silent auction and party with special musical guests.
ABOUT HAAM: The mission of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
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