Maker spaces are a hot topic in Kathmandu. Karkhana is well known for its space, and for extending its activities from technology to science education. It has also supported maker space work in both private and government schools.
Nepal Communitere is a Nepali run non-profit founded after the 2015 earthquake, which provides a collaborative space for the community. It gives individuals and organizations the means to develop innovative solutions and become self-reliant. A key part of its work is maker spaces for clothing, ironwork, and other media.
There are also Maker Faires, maker keti’s (especially supportive for girls and women), and many other examples.
Yesterday I happened upon another, but this one, as far as I can tell, is an individual effort.
Jenish showed me his car. It’s 16 inches long. There are wooden wheels, six of them, much like an extra-terrestrial rover might have. That’s useful for the rough street it has to navigate.
Steering is controlled through a normal sized wheel. It’s made of a hose, bent into a circle and held by tape. The main structural elements are from bamboo, a widely available resource. The steering is just reliable enough not to be frustrating, and just unpredictable enough to be fun.
View from our balcony this morning, showing part of Balthali, fog, and the LangTang Himalayas beyond.