MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: In the spirit of the holiday, what are you thankful for as a maker? It can be a skill, a completed project, or any other aspect of our community.

I’m thankful for the helpfulness of others. There have been countless times when I’ve been working on a project and come to a point where I didn’t have the skills or know-how to complete a certain step. It was through the help and knowledge of others that I was able to overcome these hurdles. In turn, I’m heartened to be able to reciprocate with my own knowledge to help others realize their visions.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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  • Tim

    Hydrogen and Time… it’s what “Makes” everything.

  • Madison

    I’m thankful for my calligraphy skills, which will be used to make holiday cards.

  • FredB

    I am grateful for my crafty bunch of friends. They understand what it means to hand make something. They are each getting a hand made fused glass snow man for Christmas. (It’s in the Flickr MAKE pool.)

  • Nancy

    As an older craftsperson/artist I’m thankful for a new generation of makers!

  • J

    My curiosity and intelligenc.

  • toddmdavenport

    The incredible amount of knowledge that is available to me at the drop of a hat. Today I read about homemade aluminum foundries, two programming languages, electric water pumps, and salted caramel making. I can’t believe how much more I can get my hand on than I could when I was a kid. It is nothing short of astounding.

  • Trevor

    I’m thankful for my father and grandfather who have both taught me countless skills (such as wood working, composites, craftmanship), dedication to finishing what I start, and courage to just start something new, even if I have no idea how to finish it.

  • Greg

    I’m thankful I have a wife that puts up with all of my projects, hobbies and manic making!