Friday, April 29, 2016

Lund University Day 5 - the end

We already write day 5 in our diary ...and while yesterday our students put a lot of efforts into their models the day started very slow today and we thought nothing will happen today...but then in different corners of the building finished prototypes appeared.

While we gathered the finished projects in the studio, a few were still busy in the workshop. And talking about the workshop we also have to mention Claes Dorthe the head of the workshop. He is an experienced woodworker and maker running also an own shop and sells lovely furnitures, but also leather bags and cases...he knows his stuff and it was a pleasure to get in contact with him during the busy week.

He is actually the copy of our Dr. Bucky Lab during the building weeks, except that Marcel is able to get a rest after a busy two weeks of mayhem in the shop, Claes have to face it every day, also dealing with students every now and then who did not have an idea how to put two pieces of wood together. So he is not only responsible for the students safety but also have to give them an insight in his set of skills.

Without a guy like him and his team of course a workshop like that would not be possible, we were very thankful being able to use the shop for an entire week, getting all the support wee needed.

We ended the day with a slice of pizza and an alcohol free beer ( some universities alcohol rules did not match with Dr. Bucky Labs motto: work hard, party harder ...) and the students shortly showed their prototypes.

Honestly we did not expected such a great result, being busy with an entire architectural design for a desert climate we thought the students would have difficulties to dive into a more product related assignment for just one week. But we were wrong and totally astonished by the students passion and willingness to learn something different and new. They all accepted the challenge and got their fingers dirty ! Learning by experimenting, testing by doing was something they had not done before in this way, but all of them had fun and enjoyed the time in the workshop.

Marcel will leave Sweden with some great memories and a couple of new friends. Thanks to Susanne and David for the great time and Lars-Henrik for having me !