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, blacksmithing, 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 for maker skills. Creative folks making products or practicing various types of art, music and science shouldn't have to wade through endless YouTube videos and blogs or purchase impersonal online courses produced for mass use. Steve envisioned skill sessions for individuals and small groups where 1-on-1 time with the instructor was guaranteed. Abacus was created shortly after.
Abacus is not just another e-commerce site, webcam service, or depot for impersonal, outdated, or mass produced online courses, instructional videos, or tutorials.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 virutal platform (like Zoom, but made with education and community building in mind), and provides far greater flexibilty for makers than ETSY.
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.