Eccentric Cubicle book excerpt: improvisational fabrication

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Here’s another Make: Books PDF excerpt, this time from Eccentric Cubicle. In the introductory chapter, author Kaden Harris explains the philosophy of improvisational fabrication:

A Maker’s life is rarely fully funded, with an unlimited budget, a state-of-the-art shop facility, and a team of brilliant young assistants poised to spring into action and help bring a creative vision into reality. In terms of toolage, raw materials, and skillset/knowledge base, “work with what ya got” is pretty much standard-issue methodology for [insert really high percentage here] of us. Whether this situation ultimately proves to be limiting or liberating depends entirely on your attitude towards “comfort zones, working outside of.”

Now, I’ve never met an out-of-the blue creative impulse that didn’t warrant at least two sketches, a few Google inquiries and a cursory rummage through the parts bins. Before I know it, it’s 6:00 the next morning, and I’m waist-deep in technology I know almost nothing about, watching the coffee distill, wondering “what the Hell was I thinking?” and counting down the minutes until the scrap yards open their gates.

Comfort zone? What comfort zone?

Over time, this seat-of-the-pants approach to Making coalesced into something that’s almost definable, and definitely learnable: The Philosophy of Improvisational Fabrication. Common sense from a Maker perspective, it’s based on the following pillars…

Follow this link for the full excerpt.



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Who says office cubicles need to be dreary? In this book, author Kaden Harris of Eccentric Genius introduces aspiring and die-hard Makers to a highly entertaining parallel universe of surreal office-based projects that are sure to pique the curiosity of even the most jaded office mates. From desktop guillotines and crossbows to mood-enhancing effects and music makers, each project presents a different set of challenges and opens new avenues of Maker lore.

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I'm a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I'm not tinkering, I'm probably editing a book for Maker Media.

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