MAKE Asks: Your Favorite Makers

MAKE Asks: Your Favorite Makers

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: Who are your favorite makers? Who are the ones who get you going when you see their projects, inspire you to get up and head to the workshop to get your hands dirty?

I have so many favorite makers that it’s hard to pick just one, but right now I’m going with Jimmy DiResta. I dig his New York style, he works fast, often improvises, and his projects always come out looking amazing. He is the kind of craftsman I want to become.

Post your responses in the comments section.

22 thoughts on “MAKE Asks: Your Favorite Makers

  1. Jenny says:

    Theon Jansen and his Strandbeests:

    1. rndmgrl says:

      Yes!! I remember the first time I read an interview and saw these in action…a game changer for me. Awesomeness.

    1. Michael Colombo says:

      Love this line: “There’s no use in making it if you don’t do repairs too. It’s like a married daughter who has come back home to have her baby when we get one of our umbrellas in for a repair. “

      1. len cullum says:

        and this one:
        “But you know, it’s very rare that I am completely satisfied with something I’ve made. I’ve been doing this for decades, and still I am rarely satisfied with what I make.”

        I can definitely relate with that.

  2. chuck says:

    Bart Hopkins and Dennis Havlena are two instrument makers that have inspired me greatly. I also can’t forget Forrest Mims.

  3. Jeff Faust says:

    James Hennessey and Victor Papanek, authors of “Nomadic Furniture” (Pantheon, 1973). Lots of inspiring designs in that book (including cardboard furniture by some kid named Frank Gehry).

  4. Alyn Murray says:

    Jimmy DiResta is my favorite. I will watch his videos a thousand times and they never get old. One day I hope to be half as good as he is.

  5. Kevin Gunn says:

    Dean Segovis of Hack A Week fame: Not only does he knock out one cool project after another, but he’s one of the nicest, most approachable geeks you’ll ever meet!

  6. raster says:

    Whoa, so many choices! Matt Richardson does awesome stuff (and does a great job of sharing) Limor and the folks at Adafruit and Windell and Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories are also favorites.

  7. Mike G says:

    Adam Savage. Watching him build a box for his blade runner gun (which he also built) was fascinating and it’s on youtube via made me want to build an entire garage just so i can have a shop to build stuff in.

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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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