About

What is TinWhiskerz all about? 

This blog is a space where I can document and share my various maker projects. I dabble in open source software, hardware, 3D printing and making fun/nerdy/geeky projects I can share with others.

Where does the name come from? 

Tin Whiskers is an unusual metallurgical phenomenon that occurs in electronics and similar fields. Ever see an old circuit or tool develop tiny little hairlike tendrils? I’ve seen these on circuits and even some random tools out in the shop. What sounds like it may be a cute and innocent thing to look for it has caused satellites to fail in space, major infrastructure system (like power plants) to run into issues and of course more mundane failures as well . The problem has become more of an issue in recent years with the switch to lead free solder.  You can learn more about it on Wikipedia here.

Beyond that, I am also known for my beard which has been getting more gray and can also be considered a set of Tin Whiskers. 🙂

Who is Bill Rainford? 

My day job is working as a Senior Principal Software Engineer at RedHat — the world’s largest Open Source Software company. I have Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science from Boston University and I am a graduate of the 2 year Preservation Carpentry program at the North Bennet Street School — the oldest trade school in the US. Over the years I’ve developed and taught workshops and courses on traditional woodworking at the North Bennet Street School, Historic Eastfield Village and The Boston Architectural College. I’ve also written articles for Fine Homebuilding, Popular Woodworking, Fix.com and other similar venues.

You can find me on my Facebook page for my woodworking, the Facebook page for TinWhiskerz, LinkedIn, Thingiverse, and Twitter @TheRainford and @TinWhiskerzBlog

Don’t I know you from somewhere else? 

I also have a longer running blog to chronicle my traditional woodworking, teaching and writing activities called ‘RainfordRestorations.com‘  — If you like that sort of making as well I encourage you to check it out.

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Electronics, Maker Projects, 3D Printing, Social Learning