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Local Inventor Introduces the New Craft of Craft Stick Bending at the Puget Sound Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition
Brad Griffith owner of IMPACT Product Development & Marketing LLC has invented the new craft of Craft Stick Bending.com. This is the new art, craft & engineering of craft wood of all kinds for the purpose of making new crafts, toys, gifts and more. Griffith teaches these new skills on How-to DVDs for crafters of all ages. Griffith hopes to teach popsicle stick bridge builders, a new twist for future competitions.
Seattle, WA, February 02, 2012 –(PR.com)– Brad Griffith, owner of IMPACT Product Development & Marketing LLC from Sequim, Washington, has invented and will introduce his latest creation, Craft Stick Bending™, at the Puget Sound Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition being held at the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle on February 11, 2012.Craft Stick Bending™, (wwwcraftstickbending.com), is the new art, craft and engineering of bending, molding and shaping craft wood of all kinds, for the purpose of making crafts, toys, gifts and more. “In more than three years of research and development, we have discovered nothing similar in terms of developing these kinds of skills and passion to inspire creativity in young minds,” said Griffith. “Our how-to tips and tricks DVD will show an all new twist to gift and craft making.” Local and national craft stores, hobby shops and
web sites will carry the DVDs.Craft Stick Bending™ is sponsoring the Bridge Building Competition by providing the 40 thousand food grade, made in the USA popsicle sticks used in this engineering feat. High School teams from western Washington will make popsicle stick bridges and test them in a hydraulic press smashing hours of hard work. See more information and photos at seattleASCE.org.Griffith hopes that future competitors will use his bending skills to build the popsicle stick bridges of the future. “Our goal here at Craft Stick Bending™ is to inspire and encourage young minds towards the S.T.E.M. fields to create tomorrow’s engineers.”See their videos on YouTube (“Craft Stick Bending Videos”) For more information or interviews please use the contact information above.Contact:
Brad Griffith
IMPACT Product Development & Marketing, LLC
360.461.4686
brad@pioneeringcompetitions.com
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Brad Griffith
360-461-4686
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Not the new Lego

Published on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 by Amanda Winters, Sequim Gazette

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Brad Griffith’s laundry room is full of surprises; yardsticks that wind around like corkscrews, a clock made of craft sticks bent at extreme angles and a toy tank equipped with a plow made of Popsicle sticks and a camera that swivels on top.Griffith is a “contractor gone inventor” who over the past three years has developed techniques to bend craft sticks, craft wood and even sticks from the yard into just about anything.Since Griffith also remodeled the former Sequim Dungeness Co-operative Creamery building — the Cays family home from 1933-1997 — and established a unique courtyard at the house, which he offers to Sequim Middle School employees and students to use on their lunch breaks, the creativity of the crafts should come as no surprise.He started with simple gentle bends, finding the best ways to alter the shape of the rigid craft sticks.“It’s gotten quite complex,” he said, pointing to a freight train he built by bending craft sticks and other forms of craft wood.Now, with a collection that includes small fences, pencil holders, bridges, shelves, home decorations, jewelry holders, toys and accessories, and even all the letters of the alphabet ­— upper and lower case — he wants to teach others how to do their own craft stick bending projects.Griffith, whose main industry for the past 13 years had been construction, is in the process of creating instructional DVDs and starter kits so people can enjoy a new hobby.“It’s quite unlimited,” he said of the things that can be made with craft sticks.In February, Griffith sponsored the Puget Sound Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition by having 40,000 food grade, made-in-the-USA Popsicle sticks shipped in from Maine. He displayed some of his craft stick creations at the show and people found the projects quite amazing, he said. Many signed up for his newsletter.Along with developing the craft as a hobby, Griffith sees it as a learning tool for teachers — especially in the science, technology, engineering and math arenas.Aside from the engineering that goes into building projects like bridges, catapults and chariots, there also are experiments that can be done using food coloring and water, he said.“We need science and technology,” he said. “I’m not just making ‘the new Lego.’”To learn more, go to Griffith’s website at www.craftstickbending.com.Reach Amanda Winters at awinters@sequimgazette.com.