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BrickWorld 2009 workshop with Arthur Gugick

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BrickWorld Thursday Morning Workshops

Registered attendees were able to sign up (in advance) for workshops on Thursday. The morning’s sessions were Art & Architecture by Arthur Gugick, and MLCAD 101 by Jeremy Spurgeon. As much as  I really want to learn more about MLCAD and the LDRAW group of programs, I’ve admired Arthur Gugick’s ingenuity for building for a while.

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Arthur Gugick

Arthur is a highschool math teacher, and apparently is accustomed to speaking to groups of people and connecting with an audience. His presentation was tremendous.

One of the first things Arthur did that was veeeery helpful was pronounce his last name. 🙂 The first “g” is hard, the second one soft, so more like goo’ – jick.

For those not familiar with Arthur Gugick’s work, check out his stuff on MOCPages.

Arthur told us a bit about how he went through a more of a Dim Age than a Dark Age (Dark Age is typically what’s referred to as the period of time when you stopped building LEGO as a kid until the time you picked it up again as an adult). And that when he started getting into building, before he discovered BrickLink, he would take pocket fulls of LEGO when he took his kids over to other kids houses to swap out for pieces he needed for his collection.

The “Taj” Movie

Arthur’s biggest current claim to fame is that one of his versions of the Taj Mahal plays a key role in an upcoming film called “Taj.” When Arthur was first contacted by the director he thought he was being “punk’d” by one of his old college buddies. But after money started showing up in his paypal account he became more convinced. He ended up building two versions, and was flown to Australia to get everything set up.

Spencer Rezkalla

Spencer also spoke for a few minutes. He is a builder I wasn’t previously familiar with, though he’s done some pretty awesome stuff, too, though I’ll be quick to admit I’m more interested in Arthur’s work.

U.S. Capitol Building Model Build

Much to my surprise and delight, Arthur gave us the pieces for a recent model he’d constructed and walked us through how to build it. Much to my chagrin, despite the fact that there was a limited sign-up for the workshop, at least twice as many people were there than were supposed to be. So Arthur had a box with red and blue 1×1’s in it and we passed the box around and everyone picked a color. After we all picked, he told us the correct color was blue, so everyone with blue got to do the set. And we got one — which was fortunate b/c when it got down to Maria and I there were only 2 blues left (no reds). We took one and passed the last one on to the next person in line. There were still about 8 more people (over the 50 who got to pick) who didn’t get a chance to pick.

But here is the completed build:

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