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: We all know that making isn’t just nuts and bolts– there’s plenty of creativity involved. Do you have an artistic talent that informs what you make in some way?

I was a professional musician for many years, and when I think about it, it was the desire to build my own guitar pedal that got me into making. The pedal was a failure, but it got me curious, and in the coming years I successfully built effects and even musical instruments.

Post your responses in the comments section.