The Planting, Lock Making and Lessons Learned

You might have seen a few newsletter’s ago, we spent a Friday building the prototype of a DIY lock making/breaking workshop. Since then it’s evolved, improved and become something a little bit awesome thanks to Phil’s tireless (maybe slightly panicked) efforts in the couple of months since.

The Edge at The Planting Festival

The Edge Lock Making/Breaking workshops at The Planting Festival


But, what we didn’t say back then was the reason for this madness, and now is as good a time as any to explain ourselves.

They Edge was invited to Woodfordia to deliver workshops at The Planting Festival – the Woodford Folk Festival’s mid-year gathering. We took our lock kits and sheets of kombucha into the mud and sun, under a tent roof to deliver Edge style learning to a group of super enthused festival folk.

There, they built locks and fashioned kombucha accessories. Those locks were picked – we didn’t provide a key – and we learned that the kit wasn’t perfect; which is what delivering these kinds of projects are all about. It’s really easy to assume that something works after you’ve been staring at the thing day-in-day-out, living and breathing it. You fill in the gaps with logic and professional assumption, making intuitive jumps and fixing problems without realizing that there is a problem in the first place.

Then, you put your invention into the hands of community and watch as your best-laid plans go a little awry. The adage that no plan survives contact with the general public is as true today as the first time it was said. That doesn’t mean people don’t have a good time – everyone in those tents had a ball and it was the best kind of learning – the kind that goes both ways.

There was also mud and camping and awesome food and other amazing things to see and engage with. That’s the Woodfordia way of things; awesome times.

Would you like to see what we got up to at The Planting Festival? Check out all our photos in the Facebook Album.


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