Larry Spring was a self-taught inventor and creative thinker who was fascinated by science, especially radio and television. This life-long passion was sparked by visiting the science pavilion at the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in nearby San Francisco. Just a few years later, Larry served as a pilot in WWII with a specialty in radio wave transmission, and used his own plane for experiments in wind drag and resistance.
The former workshop of a self-taught inventor and creative thinker who was fascinated by science – a true Mendocino original
On returning home to Fort Bragg after the war, Larry opened the only television sales and service shop in town, on East Redwood Avenue. Much as he had with his plane during his war service, Larry used his own TV repair equipment to independently measure the speed of light, among other home-grown experiments. When he wasn’t experimenting or investigating the laws of nature and physics, Larry was a gifted craftsman, making delightful creations from found materials, some of which can still be seen today at the museum bearing his name.
When Larry retired from the TV business, he converted his shop into the Larry Spring School of Common Sense Physics, where he taught students about his experiments, inventions, and philosophy. Today, Larry’s former shop and school is the Larry Spring Museum, highlighting Larry’s experiments, hand-made creations, collections, and artworks.
The Museum shares the space with Lost Coast Found, a charming shop with mid-century home goods, such as vintage lamps, tableware, and pottery. The Museum also hosts special events from time to time, such as film screenings and workshops. There is much to be learned and delighted in at the Larry Spring Museum, the legacy of a true Mendocino original.
The Larry Spring Museum is located at 225 East Redwood Avenue in Fort Bragg. They are open on Saturday from 12 to 5 pm. Call (707) 962 3131 for more information or to confirm hours.