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.”
Marsh Wildman is the founder of Wildman Tech, a fabrication shop in Sacramento that helps artists integrate technology into their work. A solid educational foundation in the industrial arts helped Marsh to explore his creativity in a wide variety of jobs spanning all aspects of making, including a YouTube channel. Our conversation with Marsh covers many areas of his colorful life, so join us as we talk to Marsh about:
The foundational role of industrial arts education in his life
Hacking on bicycles as a child
The growth of the new Industrial Arts via the Maker movement and Makerspaces
His time in the army
“We had the most awesome industrial arts program there. They had a complete woodshop, a complete metal shop including a foundry, sheet metal, welding, then they had an electronics shop and a drafting shop. You were there for six semesters, and in the six semesters you would go through the four aspects of industrial arts.”
“My friends and I, we were always tinkering with stuff. We had the electronics semester in the industrial arts program in junior high, and that took us towards HAM radio, and electronics, computers were pretty new then – we would hang out at the Radio Shack and there were people there who were building computers from scratch!”
“The Maker community is very supportive of one another. A very helpful group. You know, I’ve reached out to some pretty notable names in the Maker and machinist online communities with questions of various kinds, and these folks have no problem writing you back and engaging in conversation, they’ll give you the benefit of their knowledge and help you out in any way they can.”
“Most folks’ biggest issue is they don’t know what they don’t know. I know what I don’t know!”
“Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve, right?”
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
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
You can get a copy of Katie’s book Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-By-Step Projects Anyone Can Buildhere.
Bill Fienup started his career in product development while still a student in grade school. Though his perpetual motion machines were doomed to failure, they sparked a lifelong passion for product development that persisted throughout his life. Now, as president of Catalyze Chicago, Bill runs an incubator for hardware startups where he uses his experience to help others bring their products to market. Follow along as we talk to Bill about:
Bringing a product to market
The risk inherent in the traditional secretive product design model
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:
Callye 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
Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of InventablesTM, the hardware store for designers. The company is attempting to bring manufacturing from the factory to the desktop making it as accessible as desktop publishing. Inventables sells machines and supplies for custom manufactures to make products ranging from jewelry and signs to furniture.
Kaplan has spoken on product development and innovation to audiences at conferences across the country, including the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference (TED), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, National Plastics Exposition, Sensors Expo & Conference and the International Housewares Show. His work has been covered by Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR and other leading media outlets. In 2006 he was honored by Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as a Modern Leonardo da Vinci and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Fast Forward exhibit and a board member at the Tinkering Lab of the Children’s Museum.
Prior to Inventables he created Lever Works, a custom web application and hosting company that sold to Leo Media, a multimedia firm, in 2001. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
If any one person deserves the title of Maker, it is Jimmy DiResta. Jimmy began making in grade school and continued throughout his life. Whether it’s signs, toys, or magic tricks, making things is all Jimmy has ever done to earn a living. With a keen eye for design and a distinctive aesthetic that comes from decades of experience, Jimmy works in an astonishing variety of media and materials, often combining them in unexpected ways. In our conversation with Jimmy, we cover a wide range of topics, including:
His early life and family
His education as a maker through BOCES and the School of Visual Arts
Working in the toy business and retaining your playfulness
Jesse Hughson – Maker of Circus and Entertainment Equipment
Listen in to hear how an idea for a product has turned Jesse’s life from part time, to professional maker. A maker of “Cyr Wheels” (shown here), Jesse has carved out a very unique niche that services entertainers from the big ring to the stage. Hear how he got his start.
We also speak about his involvement in the Rochester Maker Faire, hosting some notable guys in his home, and where he sees himself in the future.