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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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Dec 2, 2016

Stuart Bray is a makeup effects artist known for his work in television and film. His work has been featured in several well-known movies and television shows, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Doctor Strange, and Game of Thrones. As a practical effects artist working in the film industry, Stuart has a unique perspective on the business and how practical effects and digital effects work together — and how each technology has a place.

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Nov 25, 2016

Woodworker Craig Thibodeau is a maker of fine furniture and a writer for Fine Woodworking Magazine. His work is known for its incorporation of marquetry and other intricate veneering. A mechanical engineer by trade, Craig started a business that failed before making the jump to woodworking full time — and he’s been doing it ever since.

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Nov 18, 2016

Metallurgist and mineralogist Kevin Moore has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, but he considers his shop classes to be the most valuable courses he ever took. Kevin was the host of “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” on Science Channel, a former staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is a certified weld inspector, and builds motorcycles on the side. Join us as we talk to Kevin about:

  • Going to college on a wrestling scholarship
  • Blending academic knowledge and trade skills
  • How he ended up on television

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Nov 11, 2016

Custom furniture designer John Malecki makes rustic industrial furniture from his home in Pittsburgh. John draws inspiration from the architecture and history around him. But growing up in Pittsburgh, John wanted to be a football player — and he actually made it to the NFL and played for a number of teams, including the Steelers. So how did he end up becoming a maker? We’ll talk to John about:

  • His career in the NFL
  • Missing out on shop class – and trying to bring it back
  • Learning to market yourself

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Nov 4, 2016

Woodworker and stay-at-home dad Frank Howarth is known for his beautiful YouTube videos and the impeccable quality of his work. Frank grew up in Honolulu thinking he would become a scientist like his father, but ended up becoming an architect and spending 15 years in that profession before making the switch to woodworking full-time. His intricate projects are complimented by a relaxing pace and a talent for stop-motion photography. Join us as we talk about:

  • Experiencing the analog-to-digital switchover firsthand
  • Finding the perfect fit by finding yourself
  • The “thousand little failures” in every project

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Oct 28, 2016

Taylor Forrest is known as a maker of modern steel and leather sling-back chairs. With a keen eye for aesthetics but a strong desire for finite projects with clear start and end points, Taylor combined her artist’s eye and her knack for mathematics and moved into furniture design. A love for horseback riding made Taylor curious about saddle leather and other ways to use it, and an iconic line of furniture was born. Join us as we talk about:

  • School and the influence of negativity
  • Bringing ideas from 2D to 3D and the value of working with your hands
  • How examining horseback riding tack led to her current furniture designs
  • The influence of environment on creativity and work

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Oct 21, 2016

 

Shannon Rogers has been creating online woodworking content since 2008. Starting as a blogger, Shannon has since become one of the online woodworking community’s better known personalities. Even with a full-time job at a lumber yard, Shannon produces content at his own site, The Renaissance Woodworker, as well as a series of classes at the Hand Tool School. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast with two of our past guests, Marc Spagnuolo and Matt Cremona.

You can also connect with Shannon on Instagram or FaceBook

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Oct 14, 2016

Known for his nostalgic video game-inspired builds, Wes Swain grew up watching his grandfather work as a gunsmith. Wes learned electronics and technology over a series of jobs, starting with four years as an aviation electronics specialist in the US Navy. These days, Wes is passionate about nerd culture, making things, and fatherhood. His YouTube channel, Geeksmithing, blends ‘80s nostalgia with the complexities of parenting while paying homage to the lessons Wes learned from his grandfather. Wes also cohosts a podcast, Making Geeks, where he discusses his passions with other like-minded makers.

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Oct 7, 2016

Andrew Setters is a news writer who enjoys his career. Going to school for broadcasting taught him that he enjoys writing, and he is able to make a living doing so. But writing, like all jobs, has rules. Andrew uses making as ‘play,’ a way to escape the rules and boundaries of his day job. The freedom of making gives Andrew a way to express his creativity in any way he chooses, and he shares several of those projects on his YouTube channel. Join us as we talk to Andrew about:
•Work versus play
•Storytelling and the challenge of making information relatable
•Pushing the envelope

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Sep 30, 2016

Sean O'Grady gives us an in depth look at his maker journey. At a young age, Sean found himself without direction, and had it not been for a very strange set of circumstances, he may never have gone down the road he is on today. Sean has a unique way of metalworking, and he has a passion for welding that he picked up later in life. We get to hear about how he uses his small amount of shop time every week to build his skills. He also explains his plan for growing into a full time maker. Listen in as Sean also shares

  • How passion for learning can keep you motivated
  • Starting out with a niche productand
  • Facing the demands of the day job, all the while planning efficiencies with limited shop time

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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

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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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