Lasers Los Osos 14 years to create his craft
When she was five, she was knitting. Now, at 14, she manufactures with a laser cutter.
For Los Osos student and artisan Zoë Hendricks, creativity comes naturally. Hendricks maintains A rights in all of his classes, while taking the pseudonym @lasercraft_lososos on Instagram. Through social media platforms, Hendricks takes and fulfills a variety of custom decoration orders. She manages and markets her brand almost entirely on her own.
Hendricks, near the start of the pandemic, was given a Glowforge, a homemade quality laser cutter by his mother, Rachael Hendricks. Rachael Hendricks said she was inspired by her only child, Zoë and her independent efforts.
“When she was five, she stopped loving, you know, traditional toys,” Rachael said. “So we bought her a sewing machine and she made a quilt that she won first place.” [with] in the fair by 4-H, all by itself.
Hendricks describes his mother as both his biggest inspiration and his hardware manager.
For this young professional, most days start with school around 9 a.m. Hendricks joins his mother at Trust Automation, an engineering manufacturing company, where his mother works as a human resources (HR) manager.
Here, Hendricks participates as a hybrid in-person and online school where students have cabin workspace and can participate in their Zoom classes.
Caroline Rossi, the Trust Automation School Space Coordinator said Hendricks maintains and inspires an independent personality.
“She is [Hendricks] definitely an old soul, and even with learning new things, [she’s] teach me new things about how to, you know, become a strong woman and keep me going, ”Rossi said.
Hendricks attends class until 11:45 am, works on homework until 2:00 pm and comes home around 4:00 pm. Then she starts working on her laser cutting boards. She said she worked evenings until around 8:30 p.m. and then went to bed.
Since receiving the latter material, Hendricks has become a laser manufacturing jargon breaker. She starts by collecting her ideas on Pinterest, then incorporates most of the ideas into a variety of programs.
After writing down her ideas on these programs, she sends instructions to her Glowforge and the laser cutting begins.
Most of what Hendricks learned about laser cutting comes from YouTube, although her mother was able to put her in touch with Morgan Crawford, a fellow Los Osos man Rachael met via a shared Facebook group, who also participates in the laser cutting on a much larger site. climb.
Rachael reached out to Crawford so that Hendricks could take a closer look at a more industrialized laser cutting process, fill in his knowledge gaps, and have a mentor in this niche hobby.
Crawford, a social services worker in San Luis Obispo, primarily laser cuts materials for custom projects for Airbnb that he manages.
He said her impression of the interaction between him and Hendricks is that she has a solid understanding of how laser cutting works.
“At first, I loved that his mother supported [her] in such a way, ”Crawford said. “Seeing parents equip their children is very precious to me. I love that she contacted me. I love that Zoë is going. “
He thinks his biggest contribution to his efforts was simply testing out supplies and giving advice on where the mother-daughter duo might get their supplies.
Hendrick’s father, Steve Hendricks, a professor at Cuesta College, said he enjoyed seeing his daughter and wife bond at the end of the night. He feels that as long as Hendricks enjoys what she does, he’s ready to continue supporting her. If that ever changes, Steve Hendricks is ready to support his daughter’s next dream.
“If it ever becomes [like] a job for her and then stop doing it, ”Steve said.
For now, Hendricks has said she remains happy with her activities and the purpose she finds behind them.
“I think it’s really cool because I can make the dreams of a lot of different people come true,” Hendricks said.
She recently worked on a project where she carved a cutting board for a woman whose daughter had died. The cutting board was engraved with a recipe in the girl’s handwriting.
“I feel really special to be able to be a part of these people’s lives,” said Hendricks.
Hendricks, after discovering his love for laser cutting, is now part of a three-year accelerated engineering program offered by his high school. While not sure what she wants to do when she grows up, Hendricks said she was sure she wanted to attend Cuesta College before gaining her independence and moving to a university away from home.
The Hendricks family speculates that Hendricks may ditch the tech and take a more liberal arts oriented path as a major in drama in college.