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.
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”.
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.
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 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
Jacklyn Duff is an engineer from Philadelphia, USA. A full-time maker, Jacklyn spends the majority of her time creating educational content for her YouTube channel, SciJoy. Known for being an engineer, Jacklyn shares her passion for Space, Science, Engineering, and Educational Outreach and wants to educate others about the awesomeness of science and engineering — and her life-long dream is to go to Mars.
You can find Jacklyn Duff the most active on Twitter
Josh Price is a father, husband, teacher, maker, and content creator. Josh and his family sold their home and moved into an RV, with Josh’s shop occupying a small compartment near the back. He and his family are planning to travel around the United States, visiting different maker spaces and workshops so that Josh can open his own community workspace when the trip is over. Join us as we talk about:
The minimalism of putting a family of five in an RV
Putting a woodshop in a space the size of a closet
His journey as a Maker
“homeschool kids don’t have shop class, so I figured I could be that shop class.”
“according to tradition, I was doing everything right. She had her big house in the fancy neighborhood with the gate, and I was like ‘why do you want to leave this to go live some hobo life?’”
“It’s a tiny space. You have to be efficient with function and you have to be efficient with design. It’s kind of fun.”
Sean Rubino of is a woodworker and furniture maker known primarily for his YouTube channel SpunjinWorks and his podcast, The Dusty Life. But Sean started out with much different career ambitions. Although woodworking began as a hobby, it has become a way for Sean to connect with his son. Join us as we talk about:
Finding his path in life
Leaving a teaching position to be a stay-at-home dad
Falling down the YouTube rabbit hole and taking the plunge himself
What exactly is a “spunjin”
“My dad, he was a dentist, and he would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. And I would tell him I wanted to be an artist. And he probably thought to himself, ‘Oh great. He’s gonna be broke.’”
“I used to tinker with Legos and TinkerToys all the time. But I was the kid who would never deviate from the plans. From the kit. If I was ever given a bag of Legos, just random bricks, I would look at them and go “I really don’t know what to do with these.”
“And she would say ‘Okay, here’s your work for the day. Do it.’ And then she’d leave. And then I’d go outside and go fishing.”
“You don’t always have to follow in your grandfather’s footsteps or your father’s footsteps. You can do what makes you happy.”
“I would say that teaching these days is more along the lines of being a manager rather than an instructor.”
“It’s very hard to really make money just on YouTube. You have to have hundreds of thousands of views a day to really make money on YouTube. And then you have the sponsor deals and sponsored videos and, if you’re into the making community, tool deals — getting sponsorships from other tool companies — but you have to spread yourself out.”
Ty Moser of MonoLoco Workshop lives a life of exploration. Growing up on a small farm in rural Idaho, Ty learned about fixing what broke and doing what needed to be done. His early education in electronics led to an interest in all things computer. Now, when he’s not working in high-level IT, Ty is a Maker of whatever needs to be made – from fine furniture to cast pen blanks to a hand-made steel fence around his home in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Listen in as we talk to Ty about:
Learning the value of hard work at a young age
The value of making things you can hold in your hands
His foray into blogging and how it led to content creation on YouTube
“I think that’s a really common thing with anybody that really has an IT job — they work all day and they come home and they’re exhausted just from using their brain all day, but they don’t have anything to show for it.”
“It was always fun driving around town — even now, when I go back, I can drive around and point out house after house, like ‘I helped build that; my dad built that.’”
“My electronics teacher … he just constantly ingrained into everyone ‘if you’re gonna do it, do it right.’”
“I would have gladly given up pre-calculus and gone to take a welding class.”
“When you grow up on a farm, when something breaks, you fix it. When something needs done, you do it. So that’s kinda just how I grew up and how I expected life to be.”
Father Thomas Bailey is a modern renaissance man. A priest and Benedictine monk in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Father Thomas also teaches college, holds a doctorate in history, performs services at his parish — and he’s a woodworker. His YouTube channel and website, Monkwerks, contain some of his past projects. But while he builds a few items for his monastery and parish, Father Thomas mostly makes things for pleasure. He sees Making as his reward for all of the other work he does. Join us as we talk to Father Thomas about:
Learning to fix things alongside his father
Choosing to become a monk
His experiences in teaching
How even a monk can get caught up in the rat race
“I’ve been a monk now for 18 years and a priest for 12 1/2 years at this point, and they see that I’m very happy. And I think like a lot of parents, it doesn’t matter so much what their child is doing as long as they’re happy and they’re being fulfilled in what it is that they’re doing.”
“When you’re teaching, it’s a creative act in itself, but it’s not quite the same as when you get your hands on something
“Sometimes you get to a point where, alright, something’s missing, I’m not liking what’s happening, I need to make a change, and I need to focus on those things that are going to make me happy. And teaching is one of those things, my parish is one of those things, and making is one of those things.”
“I could go to Wal-Mart and get a $20 table, but is that the way that I want to do it? Or do I want to make something myself? Do I want to design it myself. Do I want to give it my character, my thoughts and my ideals and my – philosophy, even, can go into furniture.”
Steve Ramsey believes that woodworking is for everyone. Since 2008, Steve has been creating YouTube videos on his channel, Woodworking For Mere Mortals, where he makes videos that demonstrate how easy and fun woodworking can be. His easygoing presentation and emphasis on simple projects put beginners at ease. Join us as we talk to Steve about:
His early experiences in Making
How he developed his presentation style
What led him to YouTube in the first place
Why he leaves his mistakes in the video
“The key is to establish a focus of what it is you’re trying to do, so that when people watch you channel they kind of know what to expect — they know what it is you’re all about and what your mission is and your goals are. I think when people watch Woodworking for Mere Mortals, they just know the types of projects I’m gonna do. And many some people have outgrown Woodworking for Mere Mortals and moved on to higher-end woodworking, but they know it’s always still going to be there.”
“Doing weekly woodworking projects, even if you’re not shooting video, if you do a project every week, you’re going to get really fast at woodworking. I have just worked out super efficient ways of working that I can crank out projects really fast. I know that ten years ago, it would have taken me five times as long to make the projects I make now.”
“Most people are barely making a living at woodworking. I don’t make a living at woodworking at all. I would never be able to. For one thing, I’m just not good enough.”
“With every video that I shoot, I always keep in mind that there are people watching this who don’t know anything about woodworking — and this may be the very first video that they’ve seen about woodworking. So I always try to keep information in every video for the absolute newcomer.”
“You know, taking things apart, you can usually figure out how they work. And then if you can figure out how they work, it’s usually not that difficult to figure out what’s wrong with them.”