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”.
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
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.”
Sam 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
“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.”
“[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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Custom furniture designer John Malecki makes rustic industrial furniture from his home in Pittsburgh. John draws inspiration from the architecture and history around him. But growing up in Pittsburgh, John wanted to be a football player — and he actually made it to the NFL and played for a number of teams, including the Steelers. So how did he end up becoming a maker? We’ll talk to John about:
His career in the NFL
Missing out on shop class – and trying to bring it back
Learning to market yourself
“So I wanna do everything I can to give back what I’ve learned, and help inspire people and show people that you can do this. And if you want to learn a skill set, you can really teach yourself almost all of it and get out there and make some really, really cool stuff.”
“I do have a college degree and I’m not against college at all, but if you’re looking for something different, I think you can make a great living with your hands.”
“If you do great work, people will find you and it’ll stand on its own.”
Taylor 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
“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.”
“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?”
After leaving the Army and becoming burnt out at his job at Costco, Todd Clippinger struck out on his own in 1997. A “severely average” student from a blue-collar family, Todd launched a handyman business with no knowledge of or experience with handyman work. He credits his grandfather’s mentorship, his background as a combat engineer, and his personal quest for excellence for giving him the discipline and determination to succeed. These days, Todd runs American Craftsman Workshop and is a juried woodworking artist in the Western Design Conference — even more remarkable because Todd is entirely self-taught. Join our conversation with Todd as we discuss:
West Texas native Jeremy Crawford discovered a passion for teaching while serving in the US Coast Guard. That opportunity ended, but Jeremy wasn’t done with teaching. The search for another creative venue led to the creation of his blog – The Countryside Workshop and soon after, The Woodshop 101 Podcast. Join us as we talk about:
The development of Woodshop 101
Finding a passion for making
Respecting an inheritance
I don’t want my students to ever feel like they walked blindly into something and I set them up for failure, because as a person that makes me feel bad because I don’t want you to fail.
Every time I get a voicemail, an email, a comment from someone, I get that tingling sensation inside, like someone is reaching out and asking us for help on something.
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