MAKE Asks: Difficult Skills

MAKE Asks: Difficult Skills

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: There are some maker skills that we take to easily, and others that can prove to be a bit more challenging. What is a skill that has proven to be particularly difficult for you to master? For others reading the comments, what are some strategies that can make it easier to learn those tasks?

I have naturally unsteady hands, but have been able to become good at soldering despite this. A big help in this is making sure to brace my ironing hand on something to make it stay still. However, doing SMT work is just beyond the pale for me. What can I do to bring this skill into my toolbox?

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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.

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