How to be a Time Lord

Folding the fabric of space and time is tricky work and probably best left to professionals, but I decided to risk the future fate of the universe anyway and spent October of 2013 teaching a series of workshops to kids and adults at the Multnomah County Library and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in just that- fashioning Sonic Screwdrivers and mind bending Tardis Journals that unfolded to be bigger on the inside.

Fashioned from painted Sculpty, brads and other trinkets the full potential of the Screwdrivers has yet to be proven but we do know they work well as pencils and look pretty bad ass.  The Tardis Journals were based on a design I found on another blog which  got streamlined a bit and I incorporated a carved linoleum stamp for the cover.  We also added extra decoy pages in the front as many of us plan to embark on lots and lots of adventures.

While the libraries pitched the workshops to a teen audience the actual participants really ran the gambit from freakishly smart four year olds (one of which I assumed was an actual time traveler who'd obviously taken the class multiple times) to full fledged grown ups.  My favorite afternoon was spent at the Central Library where the craft audience happened to be comprised entirely of middle aged men who hadn't crafted since 4th grade (let's assume the Tom Baker era).  Mid-way through the workshop we heard the noise of an incoming Tardis and EVERYONE in the room dived for their cell phones, it was magic.

I brought a larger  travel journal to all the workshops- it is a work in progress and recorded history of what time travel vehicle participants used to get to the event and whether they were visiting from the past or from the future.  The results of this particular diary are so stunning, they may get their own blog soon.