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

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

Wes Swain

WesKnown for his nostalgic video game-inspired builds, Wes Swain grew up watching his grandfather work as a gunsmith. Wes learned electronics and technology over a series of jobs, starting with four years as an aviation electronics specialist in the US Navy. These days, Wes is passionate about nerd culture, making things, and fatherhood. His YouTube channel, Geeksmithing, blends ‘80s nostalgia with the complexities of parenting while paying homage to the lessons Wes learned from his grandfather. Wes also cohosts a podcast, Making Geeks, where he discusses his passions with other like-minded makers. Join us as we talk about:

  • Classic video games
  • Experiencing 9/11 onboard an aircraft carrier
  • Finding your way in an oversaturated job market
  • The motivation of having an audience

“Well I have this YouTube space now, and I have this online presence now, it’s motivating me to create things even if I didn’t feel motivated internally, because people were expecting me to make something cool for them”.

 


Connect with Wes:

geeksmithing.com

makinggeeks.com

YouTube

Instagram

FaceBook

Twitter


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

 

Carl Jacobson

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A woodworker for most of his life, Carl Jacobson is best known for his unusual and unique woodturning projects. As part of the YouTube Maker community, Carl says that his channel encourages him to try new things and stretch beyond his comfort zone. Carl’s experience with YouTube has led him to venture into education, and he plans to release a series of woodturning DVDs for some of his more popular and intricate projects. Join us as we talk to Carl about:

Experiments turning unusual materials, including automotive paint build-up

The joy of figuring things out for yourself / not following instructions

Intentionally leaving mistakes in his videos

“I don’t know how else to say it but I hate sitting in a classroom. I hate sitting there and having something explained to me. I would much rather, no matter what it is, just get up and do it.”


carl “Whatever you enjoy making, do that. Don’t try and fit in or do something that you don’t enjoy because it might be popular or something, because it’s going to show.”


“People who buy things out of galleries, they’re actually more interested in the story. As far as going into Walmart and buying something — it’s not why they’re there. They’re there because they appreciate well made handmade things and they want to get to know the person that made it. That’s more important to them than the physical piece. They might love the piece, but if it’s number 18 of 1,000,000, it’s not the same.


Carl’s video on the jellyfish!


Connect with Carl:

YouTube

thewoodshop.tv

Facebook

Instagram


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Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

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

Maker+Bench+2.0+8

Foosball+Table+11


Connect with Eric:

ericschimel.com

digitallyfabbed.com

sketchthis.net

YouTube

Instagram

Twitter


Have you seen what we have cooking?
FBMakerCastGAW


Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi

Will Holman

Will Homan

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

Guerilla Furniture Design Cover


 

Cardboard Cantilever Chair diagramCardboard Shell Chair

 


Connect with Will:

objectguerilla.com

Twitter

Instagram

Instructables

Connect with OpenWorks:

openworksbmore.com

Instagram

Twitter


 

Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface

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