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:
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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.
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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:
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:
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:
Callye Keen is a product designer with a long manufacturing history and over 200 products under his belt. Coming from a family background in low-volume, high-precision manufacturing, Callye now runs Red Blue Collective, a group that aims to help hardware startups get off the ground. Our conversation with Callye covers a range of topics, including:
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:
Tony Rouleau is a maker. Tony's Hillview Wood & Metal specializes in custom wood and metal work, machining, welding, 3d printing, and design. Listen in as we discuss where machinist jobs have gone, how they are coming back, and why machining is a very rewarding way to be a maker.
The guest for this episode is Phil Pinsky. He is a maker, a podcaster, and a content creator on YouTube. Together with co-hosts Bill Lutes and Tim Sway, Phil discusses life as a maker, both part time and full time, on a great podcast called Reclaimed Audio. Reclaimed Audio can be found in iTunes.
Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables the hardware store for designers. The company is attempting to bring manufacturing from the factory to the desktop making it as accessible as desktop publishing.
Inventables sells machines and supplies so that you can make products ranging from jewelry and signs to furniture.
In this episode we will here the origin story before the begining of Inventables, and what the early days were like. Plus, where the direction of the company is headed.
Bob Clagett is the guest. Bob likes to make all sorts of stuff, with all sorts of materials. Bob has a tremendously popular YouTube channel called I Like To Make Stuff and he also shares a successful podcast called Making It with Jimmy DiResta and David Picciuto.
His videos are a great resource for teaching, inspiring and empowering others to make the stuff that they want to have.
John Saunders is the guest. Not only has John created a very successful YouTube channel that educates the viewer all about CNC machining, welding and fabricating and more, but he has also grown what basically started as a hobby into a full fledged business.
Johns business performs machining services and also live CNC training seminars. From growing up on the farm, to college, and eventually in business for himself, I know you will enjoy hearing Johns story.
From working along side his father for most of his life, earning a bachelors degree in Commercial Arts, being featured on Mike Rowe's new show "Somebodys Gotta Do It", to demonstrating at conferences, and being pretty active online...Rory has a lot to talk about.
Dragon Forge LTD is Rory's family business - a blacksmith business. We talk about Rory's beginning, some difficulties, some successes, and philosophies that make a person who they are.
Paul Jackman is the guest this week. He is a maker, a woodworker, a degreed civil engineer, and (of late) a content creator on YouTube.
In this episode we will hear how Paul earned a thorough technical school education first, and then, with some experience in the trade, he went on to attack college. We will also hear about his very determinate goal for paying for college.
William "Bill" Lutes is the guest. He is a maker, a podcaster, and content creator on YouTube. Bill enjoys creating beautiful and useful items out of new and upcycled materials. If you aren't familiar with the term, upcycling is the reuse and repurposing of existing items.
Matt Cremona is a maker of fine furniture, but what helps Matt's YouTube channel stand out for the crowd is his unorthodox way of obtaining materials. Much like it was 200 years ago, the woodworking that Matt engages in is performed on boards that come from trees that he cuts down himself.
Matt's videos aim to motivate others to challenge themselves and try something new.
Jimmy DiResta is an artist, designer, and master builder. Jimmy's goal is to educate, entertain and inspire. You can watch him make things, and become inspired to make your own things on his tremendously popular YouTube channel.
Jimmy's videos help you learn a lot about the tools, materials, and processes with a hefty dose of fun mixed in.
Before YouTube, if you were one of us that learned about making things by watching television, you may have been able to catch Jimmy on the Discovery Channel, DIY Network or HGTV.
This episode dives into his youth and schooling, early jobs, and many of his REAL experiences in the world of making.
Surface grinding takes center stage on this episode of the podcast. Our guest is Cash Masters of The Kinetic Company in Greendale, Wisconsin. His shop is large and not only are they equipped to handle large jobs, but they will actually design and build the machines they need to accomplish the very toughest machining jobs.
This week's guest is Jesse Hughson. Listen in to hear how an idea for a very unique product has turned Jesse's life from part time, to professional maker.
A maker of “Cyr Wheels”, Jesse has carved out a very unique niche that services entertainers from the big ring to the stage. Hear how he got his start.
We also speak about his involvement in the Rochester Maker Faire, hosting some notable guys in his home, and where he sees himself in the future.
This episode features Marc Spagnuolo. Marc has been creating great woodworking video content and very helpful articles since 2006. Marc wants to share woodworking knowledge with you so you can be confident to get into the woodshop and start making. If you’re new to the world woodworking, thewoodwhisperer.com is for you. If you're an established woodworker, thewoodwhispererGUILD.com might be your sweetspot. Marc also runs a great podcast along with Matt Vanderlist and Shannon Rogers - look for "Wood Talk" in iTunes or your favorite podcatching app.
Bill Griggs has been building, designing, programming and operating CNC Router tables for over 10 years.
Bill wants to share that knowledge and experience with you so you can get up and running quicker and with a definite purpose.
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Dyami Plotke is the cohost of the Modern Woodworkers Association podcast. More than that, Dyami spends his free time making beautiful furniture and creative objects.
In this episode, we discuss where he found his inspiration to get started in carpentry, and how that developed into a passion for woodworking. We discuss the growing attraction of makerspaces and sharing shop space for socializing and learning together. Last, we find out just what Dyami's social media profile picture is all about.