Rosa combines drawing and doodling with woodwork. She likes jigsaws, which she has used to make a jigsaw (puzzle), but is more commonly found using them to make stencils of her idols. She is interested in the relationship between feeling, action, and thinking, and sometimes philosophises about such things. Rosa loves facilitating philosophy discussions in schools and community groups, and is planning increasingly immersive sessions, where movement, making and creating inspire reflection and discussion. Find out more: https://www.rosahardt.com
Jimbo is a registered Clincal Engineer working for the NHS specialising in designing custom equipment to assist people in overcoming physical impairments. He believes if you have the tools and inclination anyone can make anything. Over the last year he has finished converting a transit to a camper van, made a chicken coop out of old pallets, is currently working on making some childrens toys and his next project is making beds for his wee’uns.
Evan works at the University of Edinburgh as a researcher and software engineer. He’s more comfortable around computers and soldering irons than lathes and saws, so takes more responsibility for looking after the Forge’s online presence and accounting. Evan once connected people’s heart beats to the lights of the London Eye, and enjoys getting involved in interactive lighting and sound projects. One of his highlights of being involved with the Forge was helping children build go-karts from up-cycled wheelchair wheels.
Leon is one of the founding members of the Forge. He loves working collaboratively to find ways of getting people curious about the world around them. He has created exhibitions, workshops and events, designed new products, run training programmes and written and recorded an album with his band, Sink. In 2018 Leon helped to make the Pianodrome – a 100 seat amphitheatre built entirely from discarded pianos. The Pianodrome was installed in the Botanic Gardens during the Edinburgh International Festival.
James is an Analytical Scientist with a background maintaining plant machinery. Primarily interested in wood turning and machine-building, he has branched out into metalwork, sculpture and joinery by combining a methodical mindset with a pragmatic approach.
He is a perpetual presence in the workshop and is always keen to introduce new members to proper tool usage.