Rebecca DeGroot

Rebecca DeGroot is a high school art teacher from Houston, Texas.
A parttime maker, Rebecca spends the majority of her time creating sculpture, primarily using wood.
Rebecca also finds reward in working with clay.
Known for being an high school art teacher, Rebecca shares a passion for creating and wants to educate others about art and making.
Through her popular YouTube channel, Rebecca shares projects such as woodworking, designing, and making anything and everything that’s interesting.
Rebecca’s long-term ambition is to travel and demonstrate woodworking techniques.
Rebecca wishes her students not only to do something that makes them happy, but also to inspire others to be themselves and try their hardest at everything they do.
You can find Rebecca the most active on Facebook known as RebeccaDeGroot
You can also find her on Instagram known as Rebecca_DeGroot
Lastly, be sure to visit rebeccadegroot.com

Donny Carter

Donny Carter is a supervisor for an airport runway maintenance company from Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
A part-time maker, Donny spends the majority of his time creating beautiful turnings, primarily using wood.
Donny also finds reward in working with resin.
Known for being a woodturner, Donny shares a passion for teaching and wants to educate others about wood turning, woodworking, and making anything.
Through his popular YouTube channel, Donny shares projects such as wood turning, furniture building, and cnc or metal machining.
Donny’s long-term ambition is to teach others wood carving.
Donny Carter wishes others to not only try new things and make everything themselves, but also to inspire others to take chances and to not wait for the perfect time.
You can find Donny Carter the most active on Instagram.
You can also find him on Facebook.
Don’t forget to check out Donny’s Podcast.
Lastly, be sure to visit www.donnycarter.com

John Grimsmo


John Grimsmo is a knifemaker and machinist from Toronto, Canada. A fulltime maker, John spends the majority of his time creating knives primarily using titanium. John also finds reward in working with stainless steel. Known for knifemaking, John shares a passion for G-code and wants to educate others about entrepreneurship.
Through his popular YouTube channel JohnGrimsmo, John shares projects such as CNC machining a new product, showing mistakes, and documenting shop life. John’s long-term ambition is to build a dream house and dream shop.
John Grimsmo wishes not only to be creative, but also to inspire others to work hard and challenge themselves.
You can find John the most active on Instagram known as @JohnGrimsmoKnives You also can hear John together with John Saunders on their podcast The Business of Machining. Lastly, be sure to visit GrimsmoKnives.com

Taylor Forrest

taylorTaylor 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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“It’s so easy for us to go on autopilot and just kind of go through the motions of doing things and getting things done and moving on to the next thing, and at the end of it, you can go through a whole week and not really have made any kind of connections.”

 

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“The teachers were like “the market’s horrible, fashion is dead; you’re going to get a job designing underwear for fifteen bucks an hour.” and I was like “why did I come here?”

 


Connect with Taylor:

taylorforrest.com

Instagram

FaceBook

Pinterest


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

 

Laura Kampf

Laura KampfLaura Kampf is an artist and Maker from Cologne, Germany. Through her popular YouTube channel, Laura shares projects spanning a number of disciplines, insight on making as a career, and her impeccable taste in music — all beautifully filmed thanks to a keen eye and a solid foundation in videography. Join us as we discuss: 

  • Finding your path
  • Building a business from the ground up
  • Insecurity and taking pride in your work
  • Learning by doing
  • The difficulty of client relations and knowing your own worth

I wouldn’t be so quick to regret anything because you never know when it comes to good use; it’s really hard to waste time if you do something that you like at that time


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Here is the link for the Caravan video discussed in the episode


Connect with Laura:

YouTube

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

 

 

Izzy Swan

Izzy SwanIzzy 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:

  • Having children and maintaining playfulness
  • Finding one’s place in the world
  • Not finishing college
  • Enjoying what you do: The right job versus the right people
  • Prioritizing happiness over wealth
  • Problem-solving and creativity
  • Learning from frustration
  • The importance of growing community

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Connect with Izzy:

thinkwoodworks.net

Google+

Instagram

YouTube

 


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

 

Callye Keen

callye2Callye 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:

  • The satisfaction of manufacturing: holding a product in your hand that you designed and made
  • Transparency and community engagement via showing the process
  • The importance of makerspaces, the maker movement, and social media
  • Ideas are worthless. Execution is everything.

People think Kickstarter is a magic money box, but in reality these people have built an audience and a community… you’re just seeing the tail end of that effort. -Callye Keen

 


Connect with Callye:

redbluecollective.com

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Google+

LinkedIn


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

 

 

 

Curtis Buchanan

CurtisBCurtis 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. Our conversation with Curtis is wide-ranging, but it covers the following topics among many others:

– Learning the DIY ethic from his father at a young age

– Geometry, trigonometry, and mechanical drawing

– Making decisions for yourself and choosing your own road

– Being comfortable with risk

– Choosing to make things by hand


 

Connect with Curtis:

curtisbuchananchairmaker.com

Facebook

YouTube


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

 

 

Scott Carpenter

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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


 

Connect with Scott:

carpentertrade.com

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface


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David Picciuto

DavidPDavid 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. But David’s life is a series of experiments in careers that didn’t quite fit. 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

Connect with David:

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Facebook

YouTube

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

David’s book: The New Bandsaw Box Book: Techniques & Patterns for the Modern Woodworker

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Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface
Voice Intro: Bob Kingsley


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