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Tinkercore is an aesthetic that is focused on two central points, making things yourself and or moving parts/dealing with energy, then anything that relates to those two points. Anything from a knife, to a chair, to a robot, if it's made yourself, and deals with energy, then it's probably tinkercore. Places such as makerspaces, woodshops, welding shops, and engineering labs all fall under the tinkercore category.

Tinkercore has a pretty wide range of what people do with the aesthetic. It can range from wood to metal to code. Tinkering can be found in many places, like makerspaces, for example. Makerspaces can contain 3D printers, laser cutters, bandsaws, and even more tools that a tinkerer or maker can use to work on almost whatever they'd like.


Tinkercore activities are the main point of the aesthetic. They are any activity that deals with making things or moving parts/dealing with energy. Tinkercore activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning out a design
  • Collecting components
  • Cutting and shaping stock material
  • Brainstorming ideas for projects
  • Holing up in a workshop and only leaving for food.
  • Customizing and messing with your tools.
  • Disassembling and Reassembling things to figure out how they work.
  • Browsing for project Ideas on Instructables.

Tinkercore has more specific activities that deal with more specific processes like:


Tinkercore visuals range quite a bit, but the main aspects would be:

  • Tools, hand tools, computers, almost any type of tool
  • Projects "on display" or lying unfinished, usually on a workbench
  • Working industriously, hunched over a project
  • Designs everywhere
  • Sparking electrical things, probably a welder or soldering iron
  • Shelves and cabinets, lots of them
  • The use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), goggles, glasses, ear muffs, a welding hood, etc.
  • Usually good lighting or movable lighting for working