MakerCast - The Podcast For Makers

This show is about being a maker and everything it means to be one. MakerCast seeks out makers of things and celebrates their uniqueness, skill set, and drive. Their stories, the themes that drive them, and the real answers to your questions are found here. Passionate people in the fields of CNC machining, welding, fabricating, 3D printing, education with STEM curriculum, and woodworking, to name a few. Whether in a makerspace or garage or barn, making is the heart of us.
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Sep 23, 2016

After leaving the Army and becoming burnt out at his job at Costco, Todd Clippinger struck out on his own in 1997. A “severely average” student from a blue-collar family, Todd launched a handyman business with no knowledge of or experience with handyman work. He credits his grandfather’s mentorship, his background as a combat engineer, and his personal quest for excellence for giving him the discipline and determination to succeed. Join our conversation with Todd as we discuss:

  • Finding your limits - and pushing them
  • Hands-on learning
  • The quest for excellence
  • The crucial role of attention to detail

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Sep 16, 2016

Self-described BMX kid and hack carpenter David Gagné uses his vivid imagination and colorful background to build all kinds of unique creations. As a fan of punk rock from a blue-collar family, David’s passion for making came from day jobs as a bicycle mechanic and construction laborer. Today, David has a “bicycle graveyard” behind his home and a collection of upcycled projects made from old bicycle parts and a growing YouTube channel, Elm City Vintage. Join us as we talk to David about

  • A passion for photography that fizzled when it became a job
  • The punk rock DIY ethic and its similarity to the Maker mindset
  • Learning to make things from readily available junk bicycle parts
  • Diving into new things head first and figuring things out as you go
  • Learning to crawl before you can walk
  • Making YouTube videos that stand out

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Sep 9, 2016

West Texas native Jeremy Crawford discovered a passion for teaching while serving in the US Coast Guard. That opportunity ended, but Jeremy wasn’t done with teaching. The search for another creative venue led to the creation of his blog - The Countryside Workshop and soon after, The Woodshop 101 Podcast

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Sep 2, 2016

Thanks to all the great guests of the show. The winner of the giveaway is revealed on this episode - plus a whole lot more!

Aug 26, 2016

Whether it’s saddles, belts, or other leather goods, artist Don Gonzales sells to cowboys, college students, and everyone in between. Don’s business, DG Saddlery, makes high-end custom saddles in Bryan, Texas. With a one year waiting list, Don’s saddles are made by hand, one at a time, and are covered in Don’s hand-tooled decorative touches. Join us as we talk to Don about:

  • His early aspirations to be a veterinarian
  • Leather as a medium for art
  • How a hobby became a side business became a full-time career
  • Finding direction as a maker and as a business

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Aug 19, 2016

Cristiana Felgueiras has a unique view of the world. An artist, musician, and maker from Porto, Portugal, Cristiana started making gifts for her parents and sister when she was still a small child. Early on, she recognized her hands-on approach to learning and the enjoyment she gets from being active, which has transformed itself into her popular YouTube channel, Get Hands Dirty. Join us as we talk to Cristiana about:

  • Never having a “real” job
  • The frustrations of the art world
  • YouTube as an exhibition space / digital gallery
  • The appeal of functional artwork

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Aug 12, 2016

A woodworker for most of his life, Carl Jacobson is best known for his unusual and unique woodturning projects. As part of the YouTube Maker community, Carl says that his channel encourages him to try new things and stretch beyond his comfort zone. Carl’s experience with YouTube has led him to venture into education, and he plans to release a series of woodturning DVDs for some of his more popular and intricate projects. Join us as we talk to Carl about:

  • Experiments turning unusual materials, including automotive paint build-up
  • The joy of figuring things out for yourself / not following instructions
  • Intentionally leaving mistakes in his videos

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Aug 5, 2016

Tim Sway (@tim_sway) is a man of many talents. As a YouTube maker, upcyclist, musician, and host on the Reclaimed Audio Podcast, Tim calls himself a “professional child” who aims to make worthless things into priceless art with a purpose. Tim’s long-term ambition is to use his work not only to inspire others to make things, but also to consider their habits and make a positive impact on the planet as a whole. Join us as we talk to Tim about:

  • The definition of work
  • The positive value of change
  • How flexibility can change your entire life
  • Working with your kids and the genesis of Vance Maker

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Jul 29, 2016

Eric Schimelpfenig @SketchThis is a self-proclaimed expert at not saying no. During a childhood filled with creating, exploring, and breaking, Eric’s grandfather started teaching him how to fix things. Eric made a career in 3D design, especially kitchen design, and eventually collaborated with Google in the development of SketchUp. Join us as we talk to Eric about:

  • The value of drawing things out before you build them
  • Being a successful “terrible” woodworker
  • The value of reliable equipment

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Jul 22, 2016

Known for being a woodworking teacher, Katie Jackson started a woodworking career only after graduating from college for painting and education. Her creative spirit and drive to empower others led her to woodworking education targeting at-risk girls and young women. An experiment in collaborative woodworking and reclaimed materials, while never profitable, led to a line of custom furniture and eventually a book, Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture. Join us as we talk to Katie about:

  • Working with ADHD
  • The value of teamwork and collaboration
  • Learning woodworking by studying antiques
  • The importance of education in opening woodworking to women
  • Learning from failure

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Jul 15, 2016

Jared Hildabrant is an electrician by day and a Maker by night. Growing up in a tight-knit blue-collar community, Jared remembers a world where every home had a small workshop out of necessity. He became an electrician only after trying several other jobs and finding they didn’t feel right. Jared used these experiences to guide him toward a career in a skilled trade that provides satisfaction and a solid footing on which he could start a family.

We talk about

  • The value of taking things apart
  • Exposing your children to making
  • Seeing college as a means of escape
  • Taking good lessons from bad experiences

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Jul 8, 2016

Growing up in New York, Sarah Cooley found her entrepreneurial spirit out of nowhere. Sarah is the founder of Simply Curated, a maker of boutique hand-poured soy candles in elegant glass containers modeled on vintage barware. After a career in design and marketing, Sarah found that she missed working with physical products — and from this, a candle company was born. Join us as we talk to Sarah about:

  • The importance of customer feedback
  • Adapting to the market when ideas come into conflict with reality
  • The perks and pitfalls of wholesaling
  • Responsibilities beyond the sale

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Jul 1, 2016

Andy Birkey takes pride in being known for the “weirdness” of his work. A life-long maker, Andy pays his bills doing restoration work on churches and cathedrals. But in the true maker spirit, Andy’s other projects can incorporate reclaimed materials, metal, wood, plastic, and aesthetics from modern to steampunk. Connecting with the maker community has given Andy an opportunity to share a lifetime of knowledge with a new family around the world. Join us as we talk to Andy about:

  • Travel, architecture, and their power to change perspective
  • Learning by getting in over your head
  • The power of being able to switch on the fly
  • The transcendental nature of The Craft

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Jun 24, 2016

Jason Harrelson is the founder of Harrelson Trumpets. An experience in college led Jason to question what made one trumpet sound good while another sounded bad. Following that question all the way down the rabbit hole caused Jason to drop out of school and start his own company manufacturing high-end custom brass instruments. When you ask Jason what he does, however, he calls himself an inventor. Join us as we talk to Jason about:

  • Growing up in the cab of a Big Rig and learning to make your own fun on the road
  • Gaining knowledge and skills without learning to conform
  • Falling in love with the trumpet
  • How becoming a police officer taught him to be a better businessman
  • The future of Harrelson and his philosophy on life

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Jun 17, 2016

Bill Livolsi developed his skills as a writer doing work he didn’t care for. After ten years in the same niche, he began to search for something more than just a paycheck. In the last year, Bill has reinvented himself, connected with a community, and found a passion in making — and writing about it. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Learning to recognize your strengths
  • Transitioning into a new career
  • Embracing imperfection
  • Finding your passion and creating opportunities
  • Co-authoring a book with Jimmy DiResta

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Jun 10, 2016

Laura Kampf is an artist and Maker from Cologne, Germany. Through her popular YouTube channel, Laura shares projects spanning a number of disciplines, insight on making as a career, and her impeccable taste in music — all beautifully filmed thanks to a keen eye and a solid foundation in videography. Join us as we discuss: 

  • Finding your path
  • Building a business from the ground up
  • Insecurity and taking pride in your work
  • Learning by doing
  • The difficulty of client relations and knowing your own worth

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Jun 3, 2016

Tech startups and chocolate don’t seem like they have anything in common; but Ben Tseitlin, an entrepreneur and educator, uses chocolate as a way to introduce people to making. His company Benchic Chocolate offers hands-on classes in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, and also sells complete chocolate-making kits so you can experience the process at home. Listen to our conversation with Ben as we discuss:

  • The pleasure of taking things apart to see how they work
  • College pressure and its role in molding extracurricular activities
  • University prestige and its inverse relationship with practical skills training
  • Choosing to leave the expected path
  • The meditative process of making chocolate
  • The satisfaction of teaching others

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May 27, 2016

Bill Fienup started his career in product development while still a student in grade school. Though his perpetual motion machines were doomed to failure, they sparked a lifelong passion for product development that persisted throughout his life. Now, as president of Catalyze Chicago, Bill runs an incubator for hardware startups where he uses his experience to help others bring their products to market. 

Follow along as we talk to Bill about:

  • Bringing a product to market
  • The risk inherent in the traditional secretive product design model
  • The gap between prototype and production
  • NDA vs MVP
  • Experimentation, failure, and iteration
  • The importance of losing
  • The benefits of community and diversity of talent

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May 20, 2016

As a soldier in the US Army, Mike Merzke found himself making rudimentary furniture for his fellow soldiers while deployed to Iraq. His making hobby made life a little more comfortable for the soldiers away from home. Now, as Mike nears retirement from the Army, he is building his former hobby into a business — Merzke Custom Woodworking. Join us as we talk to Mike about:

  • Viewing mistakes as practice instead of failures
  • Smart shop expansion and the right time to buy new tools
  • Using social media for business portability
  • Expectations as a roadblock to success

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May 13, 2016

Tim Molinaro is a content creator and engineer. In his spare time, he runs Into the Dirtshop, a channel devoted to both making things and fixing things. With a passion for trash picking and working with reclaimed materials, Tim also has a flair for automotive work. His videos teach us that you don’t need a fancy shop to be a maker. You just need the desire to do it.

Join us as we talk to Tim about:

  • Working with reclaimed material and picking the trash
  • Private school, public school, and feeling like an outsider
  • Being inspired by a negative college experience
  • Finding a “real” job in Engineering
  • Making Into The Dirtshop a self-funded enterprise
  • Pricing your work

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May 6, 2016

Izzy Swan is an incredibly prolific person. Between furniture design, a truly prolific array of YouTube videos, and spending time with his children, Izzy still considers himself “as retired as he’s going to get.” Izzy found success by forging his own path. He has emerged as a prominent figure in the maker community with a reputation for creative problem solving and playful designs. Listen to our conversation with Izzy as we discuss:

  • Having children and maintaining playfulness
  • Finding one’s place in the world
  • Not finishing college
  • Enjoying what you do: The right job versus the right people
  • Prioritizing happiness over wealth
  • Problem-solving and creativity
  • Learning from frustration
  • The importance of growing community

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May 1, 2016

Curtis Buchanan makes chairs, but not just any chairs. He makes Windsor chairs the way they have always been made — by hand, starting from logs. A poor student throughout his academic career, Curtis found his passion only after leaving college without much of a plan. A succession of odd jobs and over 100,000 miles of hitchhiking gave Curtis a thirst for experience and a tolerance for risk that would serve him well in his career as a maker of fine furniture.

This episode was originally published on April 1st, 2016. Due to an error in the feed, it has been republished here. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Apr 29, 2016

Will Holman is a maker and furniture designer with big ideas. His book, “Guerilla Furniture Design,” comes from a lifetime of living the nomadic lifestyle, often leaving belongings behind when moving from place to place. He is also an architect and the general manager of OpenWorks, a future makerspace in Baltimore. Will hopes to provide a space for community members to learn, work, teach, and start their own businesses. Our conversation with Will covers many topics, including:

  • Experiencing failure
  • The 20K house project and restoring dignity
  • The impossibility of perfection
  • Making makers

Apr 22, 2016

Patrick Laperrière, better known as Pat Lap or Le Picbois, makes woodturning videos that combine skill, humor, and heavy metal. Working out of his grandfather’s workshop in Quebec, Pat began making videos as a way to get more time in the shop. Pat’s sincere enjoyment of life and his love for both making and the community of makers is evident in everything he does. Join us as we talk to Pat about:


  • YouTube and the maker community
  • His relationship with Paul Jackman
  • The origins of UNSUBSCRIBE
  • Keeping perspective on life
  • Poutine
  • Making the most of limited shop time
  • Being happy with life

Apr 15, 2016

In his own words, Steve Blom makes beautiful things. Through his business, Sawtooth Woodshop, Steve creates custom items from reclaimed wood. Coming from a family of makers, Steve has a lifetime love of learning and a drive to create new and interesting things whenever he can. Listen as we talk to Steve about:

  • The entrepreneurial spirit
  • Tinkering and encouraging curiosity
  • Working with reclaimed materials
  • Frustration, education, and satisfaction
  • Pricing your work
  • Developing your personal style



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