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In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty MoneyHammeredAgainst the GrainTrash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy makes a  smart leather wallet that he stamped with a piece of Lexan.–Stett Holbrook



ShopBot Desk Top
Sewing machine
Rivet dies

Jimmy’s Notes: I just got my very own ShopBot Desk Top! Now I must incorporate it into my typical work flow. Early on, I thought about making printing plates with the ShopBot. That led to me thinking of making an impression on leather. I have an old piece of bulletproof Lexan laying around the shop (found in the trash) . I figured this would be a strong material to make the “plate” with. In this video you see me run the cutting path on the Lexan, and then imprinting the same soft leather used in my leather pants video.  I saved the leather to make this wallet, but the logo impression makes it personal and more unique.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Sustainable/green design
*Young Makers
*Action sports



  1. alchemydragon says:

    Love seeing something neat being done with leather. Have study leather crafting for the past year I find it nice to see something like the maker movement using it. I really like anything that combines leather and electronics. Or in this case just something fun to do.