Abacus is a Washington startup that aspires to be the leader in creative entertainment, virtual skills acquisition, practice and edutainment by adding creative means to creative minds.

Abacus was born from an idea by its' founder, Steve Cherewaty. A maker himself, Steve often received requests for help learning maker-related skills like welding, 3D printing, prop-making, carpentry, and the like from friends, coworkers, acquaintenances, and followers of his social media accounts. The more he shared with the world, the more his home quickly became a makerspace in the evenings and weekends as more and more people began scheduling time with him to learn a new hobby or make a custom product or prototype. Steve began to wonder why there wasn’t a connection service or peer-to-peer marketplace for maker and artist skills. Producing handcrafted products or practicing various types of art, music and science often involves wading through endless YouTube videos and blogs or purchasing impersonal online courses produced for mass use. Abacus was created soon after this revelation and serves to eliminate this waste time and effort by cutting through the searching and learning curves. Abacus live experiences, tutorials, kits and kit assemblies always put the learner in direct interaction with a real maker.

Abacus is not just another e-commerce site, webcam service, or depot for impersonal, outdated, or mass produced online courses, instructional videos, or tutorials. Our listing structure is unique, includes access to our virtual platform and provides far greater flexibility and opportunity for connection than traditional e-commerce platforms.

Why spend time searching for low-quality instructional videos that don’t quite hit the mark when you can find someone who actually practices what you want to try? Our friends, coworkers and neighbors have incredible skills! We offer a way to connect with them, support them and share our passions as we increase our creative capacity. Abacus was originally intended to connect makers and curious tinkerers in local communities for in-person, hands-on sessions. We still have this in mind but we’ve had to adapt and as a result now offer ways to connect creative makers, crafters, artists and inventors all across the world!

Abacus live sessions enable you to get your tinkering questions answered in real time and have real discussions about anything and everything artist and maker-related.

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