in spring 2014, i contributed to a kickstarter project called "original pin'. it's a 35mm pinhole camera kit, and something about the simple, beautiful wooden aesthetic really captured my eye. last week, i finally received a little package in the mail: a bag full of parts.
i was a little surprised. there were no instructions - just a link to a video tutorial (seriously, that was the biggest bummer. please, please, please make a pdf, so i'm not reliant on an internet connection and scrubbing repeatedly through video when my hands are full of pieces and glue and tools. that really blew). and i'm not particularly mechanically inclined.
it took longer than i expected, and not everything fit together at first, but with the persuasion of files, sand paper and a mallet, i eventually had all the pieces in place. when was the last time you actually built or made something - even if from a kit? the treasure here isn't just the finished camera, but the whole process of putting it together was enormously satisfying. the first roll of film is in there now - it remains to be seen what the images look like. but it was still a great project for a few summer afternoons...
more info about the camera, in case you want one, too: