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: Who are your favorite makers? Who are the ones who get you going when you see their projects, inspire you to get up and head to the workshop to get your hands dirty?

I have so many favorite makers that it’s hard to pick just one, but right now I’m going with Jimmy DiResta. I dig his New York style, he works fast, often improvises, and his projects always come out looking amazing. He is the kind of craftsman I want to become.

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.


  • Jenny

    Theon Jansen and his Strandbeests: http://www.strandbeest.com/

    • rndmgrl

      Yes!! I remember the first time I read an interview and saw these in action…a game changer for me. Awesomeness.

  • len cullum
    • http://www.facebook.com/michaelcolombo Michael Colombo

      Love this line: “There’s no use in making it if you don’t do repairs too. It’s like a married daughter who has come back home to have her baby when we get one of our umbrellas in for a repair. “

      • len cullum

        and this one:
        “But you know, it’s very rare that I am completely satisfied with something I’ve made. I’ve been doing this for decades, and still I am rarely satisfied with what I make.”

        I can definitely relate with that.

  • chuck

    Bart Hopkins and Dennis Havlena are two instrument makers that have inspired me greatly. I also can’t forget Forrest Mims.

  • Jeff Faust

    James Hennessey and Victor Papanek, authors of “Nomadic Furniture” (Pantheon, 1973). Lots of inspiring designs in that book (including cardboard furniture by some kid named Frank Gehry).

  • Alyn Murray

    Jimmy DiResta is my favorite. I will watch his videos a thousand times and they never get old. One day I hope to be half as good as he is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.gunn Kevin Gunn

    Dean Segovis of Hack A Week fame: http://hackaweek.com/hacks/ Not only does he knock out one cool project after another, but he’s one of the nicest, most approachable geeks you’ll ever meet!

  • http://rasterweb.net/raster/ raster

    Whoa, so many choices! Matt Richardson does awesome stuff (and does a great job of sharing) Limor and the folks at Adafruit and Windell and Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories are also favorites.

  • Mike G

    Adam Savage. Watching him build a box for his blade runner gun (which he also built) was fascinating and it’s on youtube via Tested.com made me want to build an entire garage just so i can have a shop to build stuff in.