I’ve been meaning to write about Because We Can for a while now. Started a couple of years ago by our good friends Jeffrey “Toast” McGrew and Jillian Northrup (an unstoppable husband and wife team), Because We Can is a design and build company that makes amazing things from a variety of materials using automated CNC (computer numerical control) fabrication in their in-house shop in Oakland.
Because We Can is a prime example of the kind of company embodies the Maker spirit (a term used to describe type of DIY people and projects that are profiled by Make Magazine) and they have been actively involved in last two Maker Faire events.
Recently they completed work creating a fantastic steampunk meets cephalopod interior design for the San Francisco offices of game developer Three RingsDesign, Inc. Here are Jillian’s photos of the installation, which were also featured in a Wired photo gallery.
Lately Because We Can has been working with artists, helping them to extend their work into new mediums. They worked with sculptor Michael Christian create some smaller sculptures (normally he creates his work on an extremely large scale) and they created some wonderful wooden boxes for Attaboy’s new Quezshun figures.