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The Podcast For Makers (MakerCast)

This show is about being a maker and everything it means to be one.MakerCast seeks out makers of things and celebrates their uniqueness, skill set, and drive. Their stories, the themes that drive them, and the real answers to your questions are found here. Whether in a makerspace or garage or barn, making is the heart of us.

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Jimmy DiResta Educates, Entertains, and Inspires

Jimmy DiResta is an artist, designer, and master builder. Jimmy's goal is to educate, entertain and inspire. You can watch him make things, and become inspired to make your own things on his tremendously popular YouTube channel. Jimmy's videos help you learn a lot about the tools, materials, and processes with a hefty dose of fun mixed in. Before YouTube, if you were one of us that learned about making things by watching television, you may have been able to catch Jimmy on the Discovery Channel, DIY Network or HGTV.This episode dives into his youth and schooling, early jobs, and many of his REAL experiences in the world of making. www.podcastformakers.com/jimmy-diresta www.jimmydiresta.com www.podcastformakers.com/patreon

1hr 18mins

11 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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Izzy Swan Wants You To THINK Differently About Making

Izzy Swan is an incredibly prolific person. Between furniture design, a truly prolific array of YouTube videos, and spending time with his children, Izzy still considers himself “as retired as he’s going to get.” Izzy found success by forging his own path. He has emerged as a prominent figure in the maker community with a reputation for creative problem solving and playful designs. Listen to our conversation with Izzy as we discuss: Having children and maintaining playfulness Finding one’s place in the world Not finishing college Enjoying what you do: The right job versus the right people Prioritizing happiness over wealth Problem-solving and creativity Learning from frustration The importance of growing community Visit the show notes for this episode  This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks - Cloud Accounting 

58mins

6 May 2016

Rank #2

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Steve Ramsey - Woodworking for Mere Mortals

Steve Ramsey believes that woodworking is for everyone. Since 2008, Steve has been creating YouTube videos on his channel, Woodworking For Mere Mortals, where he makes videos that demonstrate how easy and fun woodworking can be. His easygoing presentation and emphasis on simple projects put beginners at ease. Join us as we talk to Steve about: His early experiences in Making How he developed his presentation style What led him to YouTube in the first place Why he leaves his mistakes in the video Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon or Steve Checkout Jon or Steve on Instagram WWMM FaceBook page MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt Support the show on Patreon

46mins

20 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Ben Brandt

Ben Brandt is a Software Engineer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. A part-time maker, Ben spends the majority of his time creating just about anything with mechanical or moving components or interesting geometry, primarily using wood. Ben also finds reward in working with aluminum. Known for being a software engineer, Ben shares a passion for making and wants to educate others about creativity and the importance of trying new and unfamiliar skills. Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon MakerCast on Instagram MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt Support the show on Patreon   This weekly audio show is about being a maker and everything it means to be one. MakerCast seeks out makers of things and celebrates their uniqueness, skill set, and drive. Their stories, the themes that drive them, and the real answers to your questions are found here. Whether in a makerspace or garage or barn, making is the heart of us. Click to check out some of the most popular recent episodes

56mins

4 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Curtis Buchanan - Experiences In Making

Curtis Buchanan makes chairs,but not just any chairs. He makes Windsor chairs the way they havealways been made — by hand, starting from logs. A poor studentthroughout his academic career, Curtis found his passion only after leavingcollege without much of a plan. A succession of odd jobs and over100,000 miles of hitchhiking gave Curtis a thirst for experience and atolerance for risk that would serve him well in his career as amaker of fine furniture. This episode was originally published on April 1st,2016. Due to an error in the feed, it has been republished here. Weare sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  podcastformakers.com/curtis-buchanan

1hr 14mins

1 May 2016

Rank #5

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Laura Kampf - Making Without Regrets

Laura Kampf is an artist and Maker from Cologne, Germany. Through her popular YouTube channel, Laura shares projects spanning a number of disciplines, insight on making as a career, and her impeccable taste in music — all beautifully filmed thanks to a keen eye and a solid foundation in videography. Join us as we discuss:  Finding your path Building a business from the ground up Insecurity and taking pride in your work Learning by doing The difficulty of client relations and knowing your own worth Visit the show notes for this episode This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks - Cloud Accounting

45mins

10 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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David Picciuto Teaches How To Make Something

David Picciuto inspires through his work. A musician, photographer, videographer, and woodworker, David's creations are works of art - both the videos and the projects themselves. David's life is seemingly a series of experiments in careers that didn't quite fit, but the result is a set of skills perfectly suited to his current profession as the personality behind MakeSomething.TV. In our conversation with David, we talk about: - changing careers later in life- finding an audience- impostor syndrome and seeking approval podcastformakers.com/david-picciuto podcastformakers.com/patreon

53mins

18 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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John Grimsmo - Making The Business of Machining

John Grimsmo is a knifemaker and machinist from Toronto, Canada. A fulltime maker, John spends the majority of his time creating knives primarily using titanium. Known for knifemaking, John shares a passion for G-code and wants to educate others about entrepreneurship. This episode also features John Saunders as he and John share a new podcast called The Business of Machining, and they share details about it. Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon Checkout Jon or John on Instagram MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt Support the show on Patreon   This weekly audio show is about being a maker and everything it means to be one. MakerCast seeks out makers of things and celebrates their uniqueness, skill set, and drive. Their stories, the themes that drive them, and the real answers to your questions are found here. Whether in a makerspace or garage or barn, making is the heart of us. Click to check out some of the most popular recent episodes

1hr 2mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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Katie Jackson Makes Learning Basic Woodworking Easy and Inexpensive

Known for being a woodworking teacher, Katie Jackson started a woodworking career only after graduating from college for painting and education. Her creative spirit and drive to empower others led her to woodworking education targeting at-risk girls and young women. An experiment in collaborative woodworking and reclaimed materials, while never profitable, led to a line of custom furniture and eventually a book, Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture. Join us as we talk to Katie about: Working with ADHD The value of teamwork and collaboration Learning woodworking by studying antiques The importance of education in opening woodworking to women Learning from failure Visit the show notes for this episode Checkout the MakerCastGiveaway!

1hr 5mins

22 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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Andrew Thiessen

Andrew Thiessen is a stay at home dad, beekeeper, woodworker from Charlotte, NC.  A full-time maker, Andrew spends the majority of his time farming Honey Bees, primarily using wood straight from the local sawmill. Andrew shares a passion for producing new bee colonies, specifically Queen bees, and also he design-builds interior spaces, and wants to educate others about Bee Venom Therapy for Chronic Lyme Disease.  Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon MakerCast on Instagram MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt Support the show on Patreon   This weekly audio show is about being a maker and everything it means to be one. MakerCast seeks out makers of things and celebrates their uniqueness, skill set, and drive. Their stories, the themes that drive them, and the real answers to your questions are found here. Whether in a makerspace or garage or barn, making is the heart of us. Click to check out some of the most popular recent episodes

1hr 7mins

21 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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Craig Thibodeau - From Failure To Fulltime

Woodworker Craig Thibodeau is a maker of fine furniture and a writer for Fine Woodworking Magazine. His work is known for its incorporation of marquetry and other intricate veneering. A mechanical engineer by trade, Craig started a business that failed before making the jump to woodworking full time — and he’s been doing it ever since. Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon Checkout Jon or Craig on Instagram Craig's FaceBook page MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt!

1hr 9mins

25 Nov 2016

Rank #11

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Kyle Toth Wants You To Stay Dusty

After attending public high school with no shop classes, this weeks guest attended North Bennett Street School in Boston to receive formal training in 18th-century cabinet and furniture making.  The North Bennett Street School is a trade school that’s 130 years old dedicated to preserving the craft of furniture making. The school offers eight full-time professional programs train students for careers in: Cabinet and Furniture Making, Carpentry, Jewelry Making and Repair, Bookbinding, Locksmithing and Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry, and Violin Making and Repair. Kyle describes his favorite piece - a segmented circular donut with over 2000 pieces.  It took over 100 hours to finish. Hear about how Kyle has done projects for Snoop Dog, Disneyland, Metallica, and Jelly Skateboards. We discuss how Kyle never wants to lose the human touch of his designs and craft. You can get more info at the show notes page for this episode by visiting www.podcastformakers.com/kyle-toth

26mins

11 Sep 2015

Rank #12

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Frank Makes! - A Conversation with Mr. Howarth

Woodworker and stay-at-home dad Frank Howarth is known for his beautiful YouTube videos and the impeccable quality of his work. Frank grew up in Honolulu thinking he would become a scientist like his father, but ended up becoming an architect and spending 15 years in that profession before making the switch to woodworking full-time. His intricate projects are complimented by a relaxing pace and a talent for stop-motion photography. Join us as we talk about: Experiencing the analog-to-digital switchover firsthand Finding the perfect fit by finding yourself The “thousand little failures” in every project Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon or Frank Checkout Jon or Frank on Instagram Frank's FaceBook page MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt!

52mins

4 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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Tony Rouleau - Machinist, Welder, Artist, Maker

Tony Rouleau is a maker. Tony's Hillview Wood & Metal specializes in custom wood and metal work, machining, welding, 3d printing, and design. Listen in as we discuss where machinist jobs have gone, how they are coming back, and why machining is a very rewarding way to be a maker. podcastformakers.com/tony-rouleau

57mins

26 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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Matt Cremona Creates From The Ground Up

Matt Cremona is a maker of fine furniture, but what helps Matt's YouTube channel stand out for the crowd is his unorthodox way of obtaining materials. Much like it was 200 years ago, the woodworking that Matt engages in is performed on boards that come from trees that he cuts down himself. Matt's videos aim to motivate others to challenge themselves and try something new. www.podcastformakers.com/matt-cremona www.podcastformakers.com/Patreon www.mattcremona.com

46mins

18 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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Into The Dirtshop - with Tim Molinaro

Tim Molinaro is a content creator and engineer. In his spare time, he runs Into the Dirtshop, a channel devoted to both making things and fixing things. With a passion for trash picking and working with reclaimed materials, Tim also has a flair for automotive work. His videos teach us that you don’t need a fancy shop to be a maker. You just need the desire to do it. Join us as we talk to Tim about: Working with reclaimed material and picking the trash Private school, public school, and feeling like an outsider Being inspired by a negative college experience Finding a “real” job in Engineering Making Into The Dirtshop a self-funded enterprise Pricing your work Visit the show notes for this episode This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks - Cloud Accounting

52mins

13 May 2016

Rank #16

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Mike Merzke - Making A Life After Working That Isn't Retirement

As a soldier in the US Army, Mike Merzke found himself making rudimentary furniture for his fellow soldiers while deployed to Iraq. His making hobby made life a little more comfortable for the soldiers away from home. Now, as Mike nears retirement from the Army, he is building his former hobby into a business — Merzke Custom Woodworking. Join us as we talk to Mike about: Viewing mistakes as practice instead of failures Smart shop expansion and the right time to buy new tools Using social media for business portability Expectations as a roadblock to success Visit the show notes for this episode This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks - Cloud Accounting

59mins

20 May 2016

Rank #17

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John Malecki - The Builder

Custom furniture designer John Malecki makes rustic industrial furniture from his home in Pittsburgh. John draws inspiration from the architecture and history around him. But growing up in Pittsburgh, John wanted to be a football player — and he actually made it to the NFL and played for a number of teams, including the Steelers. So how did he end up becoming a maker? We’ll talk to John about: His career in the NFL Missing out on shop class – and trying to bring it back Learning to market yourself Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon or John Checkout Jon or John on Instagram John's FaceBook page MakerCast FaceBook page Buy a MakerCast shirt!

51mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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Todd Bailey - Maker of CNC Mini Projects

Todd builds CAD models that are CNC friendly. Lissten in as we learn all about how Todd got started, and what he sees for the future of homegrown CNC routers. www.podcastformakers.com/todd-bailey

39mins

3 Sep 2015

Rank #19

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Taylor Forrest - Making A Lasting Impression

Taylor Forrest is known as a maker of modern steel and leather sling-back chairs. With a keen eye for aesthetics but a strong desire for finite projects with clear start and end points, Taylor combined her artist’s eye and her knack for mathematics and moved into furniture design. A love for horseback riding made Taylor curious about saddle leather and other ways to use it, and an iconic line of furniture was born. Join us as we talk about: School and the influence of negativity Bringing ideas from 2D to 3D and the value of working with your hands How examining horseback riding tack led to her current furniture designs The influence of environment on creativity and work Visit the show notes for this episode Tweet at Jon or checkout Jon on Instagram or FaceBook Buy a MakerCast shirt!

48mins

28 Oct 2016

Rank #20