Scott Carpenter’s life is a study in persistence. Early on, he had the idea to make a synthetic baseball glove. That idea remained with him through years of fine art education and other jobs, including one at a big name sporting equipment manufacturer. His idea grew and developed, and now Carpenter Trade Gloves are worn in the major leagues by players who choose them based on quality, not endorsement deals. Our conversation with Scott covers many topics, including:
- fine art and its influence on Scott’s maker career
- learning from the competition
- the motivational value of being told “No”
- paying dues and learning from the competition
- dispelling the mystique of a complex process
- turning a hobby into a business and the importance of enjoying what you do
- balancing handwork and machine processes without compromising quality
David Picciuto inspires through his work. A musician, photographer, videographer, and woodworker, David's creations are works of art - both the videos and the projects themselves.
David's life is seemingly a series of experiments in careers that didn't quite fit, but the result is a set of skills perfectly suited to his current profession as the personality behind MakeSomething.TV.
In our conversation with David, we talk about:
- changing careers later in life
- finding an audience
- impostor syndrome and seeking approval
Joseph Mapes is a third-generation tailor. As the owner of Oliver & Rowan Bespoke in Chicago, he is a maker of men’s clothing - suits, pants, shirts, and coats, made from paper patterns precisely cut for each individual client’s measurements. Bespoke is the pinnacle of tailoring, but Joe never planned to become a tailor.
Bill is a photographer, musician, lifetime learner, and maker. This interview with Bill covers a range of topics, including: