Walnut Box

This box was made by podcast episode guest Ben Brandt.

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Ben Brandt

Ben Brandt is a Software engineer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A part-time maker, Ben spends the majority of his time creating just about anything with mechanical or moving components or interesting geometry, primarily using wood.
Ben also finds reward in working with aluminum.

Known for being a software engineer, Ben shares a passion for making and wants to educate others about creativity and the importance of trying new and unfamiliar skills.

Through his popular YouTube channel, Ben shares projects such as electronics.
Ben’s long-term ambition is to raise a happy family.

Ben Brandt wishes for makers not only to bring their ideas into the real world through making, but also to inspire others to accept failure as part of learning.

You can find Ben the most active on Instagram

You can also find him on Facebook
Lastly, be sure to visit B2Builds.com

Andrew Thiessen

Andrew Thiessen is a stay at home dad, beekeeper, woodworker from Charlotte, NC.

A full-time maker, Andrew spends the majority of his time farming Honey Bees, primarily using wood straight from the local sawmill. Andrew shares a passion for producing new bee colonies, specifically Queen bees, and also he design-builds interior spaces, and wants to educate others about Bee Venom Therapy for Chronic Lyme Disease.

Andrew wishes not only to seek out ways to help others with whatever they do…give away some work as often as you can, but also to inspire others to learn to work within your constraints instead of complaining that things could/should be better.

You can find Andrew Thiessen the most active on Instagram 
You can also find him on Facebook

Freddy Roman

Freddy Roman is a Maker, Restorer, and Craftsman from Littleton, Massachusetts.
A full-time maker, Freddy spends the majority of his time creating furniture, primarily using wood, but Freddy also finds reward in working with fabric.

“Simplicity” by Freddy Roman

Known for being a craftsman, Freddy shares a passion for his craft and wants to educate others about how to properly restore and refinish furniture, and finishing in general.

Freddy Roman wishes not only to go beyond the basics in woodworking and repair, but he wishes also to inspire others to not to be intimidated in making or repairing, because “Its just wood and it grows on trees”.

You can find Freddy Roman the most active on Instagram
You can also find him on Facebook
Lastly, be sure to visit periodcraftsmen.com

 

John Viviani

John Viviani is a Automobile Restoration Tech from Birmingham, AL.

A full-time maker, John spends the majority of his time creating replicas of missing items, primarily using wood and metal. He shares a passion for history and wants to educate others about our past and it’s importance to the future. John was interviewed in a Motorweek video from about 7 years ago while working on a Lotus 17.

John’s long-term ambition is to always expand his knowledge. He wishes people not only to do what makes them happy, but also to inspire others to to take chances.

You can find John Viviani the most active on Facebook

You can also find him on Instagram

Lastly, be sure to visit jlewisdesigns.com or nodrivinggloves.com

 

Eric Gorges

Eric Gorges is a custom motorcycle builder from Detroit, MI.
A full-time maker, when Eric isn’t spending the majority of his time shaping sheet metal and welding it into motorcycle parts, he also tours the country interviewing makers for the television program “A Craftsman’s Legacy“.

Eric also had an appearance on the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off several years ago.

Eric has a passion for creating and wants to educate others about craftsmanship. He also wishes for others not only to make something, but he also wishes to inspire people to be nice to others.

Eric’s long-term ambition is to learn more.

You can find Eric Gorges the most active on Instagram

You can also find him on Facebook
Lastly, be sure to visit craftsmanslegacy.com and voodoochoppers.com

Bryan Bales

Bryan Bales is a maker from Weymouth, Massachusetts.
A part-time maker, Bryan spends the majority of his time creating custom drums and percussion instruments, primarily using wood.
Bryan also finds reward in working with everything and anything else.
Bryan shares a passion for drumming and wants to educate others about drum building. Through his popular YouTube channel BALES, Bryan shares projects such as drum building. Bryan ‘s long-term ambition is to build a 6 octave marimba.
Bryan Bales wishes for people not only to turn their ideas into tangible reality, but also to inspire others to not to be afraid of failure.
You can find Bryan Bales the most active on Instagram
Lastly, be sure to visit instructables.com/BALES

Cody Bokshowan

Cody Bokshowan is a Visual Communications creator from the town of Caledon, Ontario, Canada.
A part-time maker, Cody spends the majority of his time creating furniture, primarily using wood.
Cody also finds reward in working with reclaimed materials.
Perhaps better known as “Trustin Timber” Cody shares a passion for the great outdoors and wants to educate others about how they can use fallen trees or reclaimed wood to make what they need.
Through his popular YouTube channel Trustin Timber Films, Cody shares projects about woodworking.
Cody’s long-term ambition is to build a cabin deep in the forest with hand tools.
Cody Bokshowan wishes that people not only work with what they got, but also he hopes to inspire others into taking better care of our Earth.
You can find Trustin Timber the most active on Instagram
You can also find him on Facebook
Lastly, be sure to visit trustintimberproductions.com

Jenny Bower

Jenny Bower is a Hand-Engraver from Traverse City, Michigan, USA.
A part-time maker, Jenny spends the majority of her time engraving on tools or unusual items, primarily using brass.
Jenny sometimes also works with Steel.
Known for being an Hand-Engraver, Jenny shares a passion for classic cars, learning about other handcrafts, and making things.
Jenny wants to educate others about the importance of keeping handcraft alive and thriving. Perhaps one day Jenny will teach engraving, but she isn’t quite ready to start that yet.

Jenny’s long-term ambition is to I have an ambition to broaden her horizons with metal work. She would love to try metalshaping and blacksmithing someday.
Jenny Bower wishes not only to inspire others to try new things even if it seems a little intimidating, but also to inspire others to support other makers and buy handcrafted items.

You can find Jenny Bower the most active on Instagram
You can also find her on Facebook
Lastly, be sure to visit jbowerengraving.com

John Welch

John Welch is a Continuous Improvement Manager performing CNC programming and CAD design from Lowell, Massachusetts. A part-time maker, John spends the majority of his time creating kitchenware, primarily using wood. John also finds reward in working with brass. John shares a passion for too many things – but cooking and listening to audiobooks is at the top of the list and he wants to educate others about the fact that woodworking can have a very low barrier to entry. Depending on your goals, it can be very affordable to get started.
John Welch enjoys projects such as woodworking, welding, and machining.  John’s long-term ambition is to build a Factory Five Daytona Coupe. John wishes not only to live an anti-disposable lifestyle, purchase with intent and make with intent, but also he wishes to inspire others to “work for your dreams, in most instances the only thing preventing you from achieving them is yourself.”
You can find John Welch the most active on Instagram.
You can also find him on Facebook.
Lastly, be sure to visit johnfrancisdesigns.com