Ode To Our Dads
My dad builds R/C model airplanes from scratch. This is a pic of 4 of his planes he flew quite often. My dad has a hobby room full of much bigger & more beautiful planes but these are his favs. My dad taught me how to design, draw, use power tools, about electronics, woodworking and the list never ends :) I am an artist now and I learned lots from my dad. My dad passed recently but I still wanted to share. Happy Fathers Day! Thanks, Elaine Gregory
Hey, actually, this isn't the work of my dad. But this model of the Frauenkirche in Dresden was planned and build within 2 years (from scratch) by my grandfather, Paul Schulz. He is a carpenter and over 80 years old and yes, he still loves his craftsmanship. He's also the most patient person I ever met!
Currently he's planning to build a huge model of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. - Michael Fitzmayer
My Father made a full size, flyable, Bristol Boxkite. There is a site about it http://www.boxkite2014.org/boxkite_home.html
My father has skills that you needed 100 years ago if you were going to build an aircraft, I doubt there are may people alive today with the same skill-set. - Daniel Scott Matthews
This is my dad.John Borra. He is the man whi taught me to be a maker. He has built canoes,sailboats,teeter totters, boxes and shelves and toys galore. And he has dis assembled more things than I would like to admit but most importantly he gave me and my children the desire to find answers. Thank you. chris Borra Layland (thankful daughter#1)
My Dad was a true, born and bred Maker. He would make anything out of anything and fix anything with anything. My first memory of something he made was after he took me to see Journey to the Centre of the Earth with Doug McClure and Peter Cushing. They got a new lathe at work so my Dad found a big chunk of wood and made a wooden replica of the Mole from the film. I was totally awesomed-out. Unfortunately I can't share any photos of what he's made, though I can tell you that everything I made has been inspired by him, I have a few tools of his in my shed, and whenever I need some inspiration, I imagine him giving me some pointers.
Looking back, I think that growing up with a Dad who would have a go at anything has left me with an underlying belief that anything is possible. -Peter Freeth
I lost my dad at the end of July last year to a brain Tumor. He was always working in his shop, either on wood or on his car.
The biggest made project we have from him:
Our cabin. From log built furniture to the wiring, plumbing and framing. A large memory of a good man. -Jared Obermeyer
My father, Edward Newmyer, worked construction his whole working life as everything from plumber to electrician to carpenter, but most of it operating heavy equipment. He passed away on 12/31/2013. He taught me more than I can ever fully describe. The objects in the photos are things Dad built. A bread slicer, line reel, wind mill, wooden jeep model, a garden tractor built from a Studebaker car frame. - Robert Newmyer
My dad (Dick Couden) has been a model railroader as long as I can remember. He's always had some kind of train project on his workbench and belongs to two model railroading clubs in the California Bay Area. He also built a 36' long by 2' wide working model of a train yard that breaks down for transport to the club train meetings and public shows (which I dutifully helped load into and out of the family mini van countless times). I when I was little my dad and I would hop in the car and go drive around the greater Bay Area "chasing trains." Spotting a single train was considered a success, and I was usually there for the donuts (a rare treat), but it was quality time with my dad that I still appreciate. - Craig Couden, Editorial Assistant at Make
This is a photo of my dad and I from the 2009 Oshkosh EAA AirVenture fly-in in front of our old biplane. I was 14 in the photo, and we flew 2,500 miles from Southern California to Wisconsin over the course of 5 days, stopping every 200 miles along the way for fuel. It was an absolutely incredible trip, and we met a bunch of really cool people both on our way there and at the fly-in. --Bradley Matheus
Daddy at Work
My Dad was Paul Alford Harris. He passed away in 1991 when I was 19 years old but he left a very lasting impression upon me. He worked on cars, built our garage, and taught himself how to work on or fix almost anything. I learned a great deal about electronics, mechanics, and many other maker skills by holding the flashlight while he did his work -- Bennet Harris
Here's one of my pop with our oldest friend Mervin who is one of the greatest maker's I know. The rest of the set is his shop, we used to spend time with him and make stuff all the time! Unfortunately, due to a stroke (he's 98!) he is unable to make stuff anymore, but I inherited his hardwoods. - Eric Au
This is a photo of myself using a drill I inherited from my grandfather. A steel ‘made in America’ model, although not sure of the manufacturer. The photo was taking in 2005 during the construction of our home. The drill did not make it through the build, but I have fond memories drilling out the sill plates for the anchor bolts and do remember thinking of my grandfather as I did so. - Aaron Coates
My dad, Jim Senese, developed a passion for model railroading from his father, and has passed his zeal for trains, building, and electronics onto his son (me) and his grandkids. When I was still a toddler he, taught me to use a soldering iron, radial bandsaw, and the rest of the tools in his shop. Although my mom may have disagreed at the time, this was not a rash, irresponsible decision, though — he's always believed in empowering through education and encouragement. Nowadays he regularly researches cutting-edge digital communication protocols and pioneers new approaches to realistic model train prototyping, continuing to be a source of knowledge and inspiration to me. --Mike Senese, Executive Editor, Make: magazine
My step dad, Chris, is the ultimate Maker. He works all day as an engineer then comes home and takes care of our family, fixes up the house and his church, builds amazing things (sometimes with homemade tools!), and he even cooks and cleans. I don't know how he does it all! He's like a DIY family man Clark Kent, getting off his day job and changing out of his suite into Dickies and a baseball cap, ready to tackle the evening and weekend's projects. Chris has taught my brother and I so much about everything from wood working to auto repair, but the most valuable life lessons come from the example he sets through his dedication, generosity, and unconditional love for our family. We love him dearly.
Here is a picture of his latest project in the works...and him, after he fell off the ladder. -- Joy
It's not the greatest photo, but this is my grandfather shortly after he immigrated to New York City from Germany in the early 1930's. He made parts for submarines. I took his Carl Zeiss micrometer to a calibration company that was set up at Maker Faire North Carolina last weekend, and they certified it, saying it was "dead-on accurate" -- the best they've seen for a micrometer of that age.
I still have that beautiful wooden toolbox that a porter found for him the day he arrived in 1930. (His "came completely apart during the customs check and the luggage check.") He and his wife exchanged letters for five years before he could afford to bring the rest of the family over. A few months after he left, she wrote, "My dear, I miss you so much. Your ﬁx-it hands are missed in all corners."
He died when I was only an infant, but the stories of him and his tinkering are a big part of what inspired me to do the same -- and I'm trying my best to pass it along to my kids as well. -- Alex Franke
Here's a pic of my dad making a gasket in the garage. He taught me how to work with my hands, and how to be a critical thinker. Everything I do in my daily life comes from something he taught me while we worked in the garage every night, on whatever happened to need fixing or building that week. He's the reason I can do all the things I can do, and the reason I'm not afraid to do things I haven't done. Thanks dad. -- Dave Rogge
You showed us how to hold a hammer,
to have a spotter for your ladder.
You said, don’t stress the little things,
and shared the joy that sewing brings.
You built our toys and furniture too,
we dealt with splinters just for you.
You cooked our meals, good or not,
and showed us how to clean wood rot.
You gave us problems to help us think,
we held the light while you fixed the sink.
You explained that life is “Give and Take”,
Thanks Dad, for teaching us to Make.
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