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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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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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