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Note: Thanks for all the recent feedback! Please don't take any of this too seriously right now. Use this repo to bounce ideas and share novel ways people are solving established problems.

A wigwam is a project that reduces reliance on battleships.

More specifically, a wigwam is a reasonably-established project that provides alternatives to bloat/cruft.

Remember, wigwams aren't better than battleships -- they're not even boats! Let's celebrate novelty and learn to build together.

started stable goals
RepRap 2005 yes βœ‹πŸ’°πŸ°
Precious Plastic donate 2013 yes 🌲🏑🏰
mu 2015 no πŸ‘πŸ°β™Ώ
Zig donate 2016 no πŸͺΆπŸŽοΈπŸ°
sourcehut 2019 no πŸͺΆπŸ’°πŸ‘
Gemini 2019 no 🏑πŸͺΆπŸ°
Roc donate 2019 no πŸ°πŸŽοΈβœ‹
Learn MYOG 2020 yes πŸ‘πŸŒ²πŸ’°
Uxn donate 2020 no 🌲πŸͺΆπŸ°
Hare 2022 no πŸͺΆπŸ°πŸŒ‹
Freewheeling Apps 2022 no πŸ‘πŸ°β™Ώ
Dusk OS donate 2022 no πŸŒ²πŸ°πŸŒ‹

Wigwams we want:

  • affordable DIY motor vehicles
  • a dirt-simple OS for practical use and reuse
  • tools/guides for "kit" homes that can be constructed from nearby materials, e.g. how to clear patch of forest and build cabin with lumber
  • tools for converting suburban sprawl into human-scale walkable infrastructure
  • simple/predictable query languages and databases (email Taylor for ideas)
  • a simple, open search engine
  • scalable diy paper production and printing presses
  • expressive but small visual markup languages
  • kits/guides for making everyday clothes out of fabric and scraps
  • alternative to YouTube that smells more like podcasts than cryptocurrency (email Taylor for ideas)


  • promote "slow tech" over hype
  • organize project landscape by goals
  • match talent quickly and effectively
  • sustainably fund unsexy infrastructure
  • keep projects on-schedule and within budget
  • maintain list of "open problems" in need of new wigwams


  • more wigwams
  • rss feed
  • more wigwam details
  • dedicated site
  • sorting/filtering?
  • detailed wigwam suggestions
  • learning resources
  • wigwam commit history stats
  • wigwam quality stats
  • talent matching


Feel free to open a PR or send me suggestions.


🏎️ speed
πŸ’° affordability
🏑 local
🏰 reliability
β™Ώ accessibility
βœ‹ ergonomics
πŸͺΆ size/weight
πŸ”’ privacy/security
πŸŒ‹ existential
🌲 sustainability
🌈 fun
🧠 educational