Sam Raimondi

samSam Raimondi of the blog DIYHuntress is known for publishing budget-friendly DIY projects that appeal to everyone. After spending her formative years helping her father renovate houses, Sam built a business from her tiny home workshop in Montauk, Long Island. Over time, the business evolved into a flourishing blog, where she highlights budget-friendly DIY and home improvement projects that anyone can do. Join us as we talk to Sam about:

  • How she got involved in sign work
  • Working renovation jobs with her father through high school
  • Learning to be a ‘true professional’
  • The idea of failure

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“I’ve always been a hustler. I’ve always had that hustle mentality, because I grew up in a family that worked super hard for what we had, and I’ve always appreciated the value of a dollar.”

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“[My dad] looked at me, and he handed me a hammer and a gallon of paint, and he said ‘Alright. Let’s get to work.’ And I spent the summer helping him essentially flip the basement apartment in this house, to prep it so the landlord could then rent it. And I had a blast.”

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“You can see the before and after. Like, you can see that you made an impact on something, and that impact is going to affect someone somehow. And that was just really so rewarding.”

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“I think the most valuable thing that I really learned from him is: you never really know your potential until you’re willing to make mistakes. For him, if I would make a cut too short, he would never get mad at me. He would always say, ‘it’s fine, we’ll go pick up another piece of trim.’ Or if I laid a tile down wrong, he’d say ‘it’s fine. Just pick it up and we’ll replace it.’”

 

“The idea of failing, the idea of giving up, it’s really in your mind. It’s just the way you look at things.”


Connect with Sam:

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Eric Schimelpfenig

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Eric Schimelpfenig 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. When his parents didn’t get him a game console, he instead fixed a computer and ended up learning AutoCAD. This led to a career in 3D design, especially kitchen design, and an eventual collaboration 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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Connect with Eric:

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Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

Katie Jackson

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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: 20 Step-By-Step Projects Anyone Can Build. Join us as we talk to Katie about:

  • Working with ADHD
  • Learning woodworking by studying antiques
  • The importance of education in opening woodworking to women
  • The value of teamwork and collaboration
  • Learning from failure

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You can get a copy of Katie’s book Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-By-Step Projects Anyone Can Build here.


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Connect with Katie:

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Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

Bill Livolsi

BillLivolsiBill Livolsi developed his skills as a writer doing work he didn’t care for. After ten years in the same niche, he began to search for something more than just a paycheck. In the last year, Bill has reinvented himself, connected with a community, and found a passion in making — and writing about it. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Learning to recognize your strengths
  • Transitioning into a new career
  • Embracing imperfection
  • Finding your passion and creating opportunities

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Will Holman

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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:

  • Experiencing failure
  • The 20K house project and restoring dignity
  • The impossibility of perfection
  • Making makers

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Connect with Will:

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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

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

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