From humble beginnings, a con is born:
Goldvein, VA — FredHack’s (Fredericksburg, VA) first ever DangerCon! — A Maker/Hack convention featuring the more traditional (and dangerous) of the maker arts — was held July 21st thru 22nd, 2012 at the house and workshop of FredHack founder Russell Hubbard.
Early morning rain couldn’t keep the makers away from metal working on both a coal and hand-cranked charcoal forge, pyrochem lessons taught through homemade model rocket engines, welding rebar into art, and creating a 6-foot bamboo dart.
Born out of a partnership between FredHack and Nova Labs, the goal of DangerCon! was to create a camping-style retreat and venue where makers could experiment with craft generally considered too dangerous for city-based makerspaces. What resulted was something truly original, the first and only maker con of its kind (that we know of). What follows are some pics and video highlights. But to truly experience DangerCon!, you have to be there.
Like the name suggests, many of the activities can easily become dangerous. Luckily, there were only a few very minor incidents.
Other metal working included both mig and tig (stick) welding. For some attendees, this was their first opportunity to experiment with welding and the results were better than expected. Makers cut and welded rebar into a cube.
Another major area of interest was pyrochemical applications. Makers made their own model rocket engines and fired them off. Many failed due to structural breeches, but Russell’s knowledge gained over many months of experimentation was instrumental in getting the rockets to fly. As demonstrated in the video below, Keith passes Pyrochem I.
Russell and FredHack refused to charge for this event. However, there are real costs that need to be covered. In addition, we are very grateful for the hospitality provided by Russell and FredHack for hosting this event at his property and inviting us into his home. Attendees and friends at Nova Labs are encouraging the maker community to voluntarily support the costs of DangerCon I and help ensure that DangerCon II is even better!
Send your support in any amount to:
c/o Russell Hubbard
3400 Thompsons Mill Rd
Goldvein, VA 22720
Nova Labs is offering Summer Camps for Teen Makers and Youth Robotics!