Wednesday: 18 January, 2017

Breakfast grab at a little place down the street, and stopped at the hardware store on my way to work. Made it to Makerspace by 10am. Spent the whole day tearing apart the wood shop! Disassembled, cleaned, fixed, lubed, and waxed all woodworking machines with Goong, Golf and Ong, and evangelized the benefits of proper dust collection and PPE to protect eyes, ears and lungs, Woody would have been proud! I went with Nati and Mark to a jewelry supply store and another hardware store. The woman who owns the jewelry supply store was lovely and they have most of what we’ll need to set up a shop at Makerspace Thailand. I got conformation about my upcoming 4-day stint at Woodcarving Village, which will begin this weekend after the CNN filming and interviews. I am psyched! I’ll be studying under Master Carver Bua. She has over 40 years of carving under her belt and has been recognized by the Thai government on several occasions for her amazing work. Most recently one of her pieces was chosen as the feature piece in a new branch of the Museum of Cultural Art here in Chiang Mai. The piece is over six feet long and took over six months to carve. She will also be featured in the CNN segment. What an opportunity! Nati also finagled a free membership for me at Punspace, a 24/7 co-working space in the same building as Makerspace, for the time that I’m here. I immediately took the opportunity to attend an event there called Punspace Mastermind #3, billed as “a meeting of highly motivated folks who are looking to encourage and help each other improve in their business and get help on their own work”. A group of about twelve of us went around the room answering three questions:

*Something that is working well for you.
*Something that you would like help with.
*A resource (website, app, service, blog post) to share with the group.

The group would then respond to the individual and try to help them work through their problem by connecting them with resources or people, or giving them direction based on personal experience they gained from managing their own similar problems. All in all a great event! I learned a lot about targeted marketing, freelance software development and working remotely, and it was a great way to get to know other folks working at Punspace and living in Chiang Mai. I continued my nightly ritual of stopping at the street-food market on the way home and went to bed.

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