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Maker Survey Completed

We just completed our most comprehensive survey of MAKE readers ever: more than 8,000 respondents worldwide! A big thank you to those of you who participated. We’re analyzing the responses and will publish the results soon. If you’d like to put your name on a list for future MAKE-related research, including surveys and focus groups, send me a note at Just include your name and ZIP code in the body of the email. Everyone on the list will receive an advance copy of survey results when they’re ready.

Boxed Sets Are Here! MAKE: 3rd Year and CRAFT: 1st Year

The most-sought item in the Maker Store the past two years has been our MAKE collector’s sets. In fact, only a few sets of MAKE: The First Year and MAKE: The Next Year remain. Each boxed set includes an entire year of MAKE or CRAFT packaged in a very cool collector’s box — perfect gifts for makers who may have missed a few of our earlier issues, or an awesome gift idea for your local school science library. And if you’d like to purchase just the empty boxes to protect those loose volumes you’ve been saving, we carry those as well. Order yours today at the Maker Store,

MAKE Digital Edition

Every MAKE project and article ever published is accessible in a searchable online archive. Remember, MAKE subscribers can search the entire three-year collection of MAKE magazine, print workshop copies of projects, and share any article or project with friends. MAKE Digital Edition is absolutely free to MAKE subscribers. To subscribe, be sure to visit today.

Subscription or Delivery Problems?

If you have a problem with your subscription or magazine delivery (perish the thought), start with the customer support folks at or 847-559-7395. But if you’re left less than satisfied, don’t stew. Contact me at and let me know about it.

The Holiday Maker Store

It’s like The Little Engine That Could for makers. We’ve been scouring the planet to find unusual gifts for tech enthusiasts, teachers, backyard scientists, renegade crafters, hackers, students, inventors, and everyone who loves to do DIY projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. The Maker Store offers life-enriching challenges and exploration through DIY science, tech, and crafting projects for people who like to make stuff. We’re not your gleaming, category-killer, big-box retail store, but if you’re looking for the real deal for the makers on your list, stop by the Maker Store at

Here’s just a small sampling of what you’ll find:

The Designing Automata Kit — Learn about simple mechanics using cams and a crank slider mechanism. Many designs can be made, and because no glues are used, the kit can be used over and over again. We’re the only store this side of the pond to carry this kit, made of chemical-free rubberwood from sustainable sources.

Arduino Diecimila Plus USB Board — An inexpensive tool for making computers that can sense and control the physical world beyond your desktop. An open source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, the Diecimila Plus includes a development environment for writing software for the board.

MAKE:it Electronic Maker’s Toolkit — Handpicked by MAKE Senior Editor Phil Torrone, this kit includes everything you need to get started with a broad range of soldering and electronic projects featured in the pages of MAKE.

MAKE Controller — Born in the fire and smoke of Survival Research Labs’ fabled Potrero Hill compound in San Francisco, the MAKE Controller comes ready to connect sensors, motors, servos, or maybe even your own killer (or peacemaking) robot.

MiniPOV2 — Never soldered? Don’t know where to start? MIT engineer and MAKE contributor Limor Fried has cooked up this easy-to-build persistence-of-vision (POV) demonstration to show how microcontrollers work.

K450 PVC Rocket Engine Design & Construction Book — Detailed instructions on how to build a powerful K450 engine that will send a rocket soaring over 5,000 feet high!

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Dan Woods

Dan is CEO of TechShop, Inc. Before joining the team, he spent nine years at O'Reilly Media and was the co-founder of Make: Magazine, which focuses on how-to projects for makers. In this role, Dan oversaw marketing, media relations, circulation development, community outreach, and sales for the magazine. He helped establish Make: as the premier media group and voice of the DIY market. He also conceived and launched the Maker Shed store, growing it to one of Make:'s most important assets. Dan has a BS in Aeronautics from San Jose State University and studied business administration at Santa Clara University's Graduate School of Business.

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