I think my renewed interest in making things has come from an overload in the digital side of my life and a realization of the transience of that work: as a programmer, sometimes it feels like everything I work on can be erased by a blip in the power grid. So I head for the shop or clear out some space on the floor or dining room table and start making something with my hands.
I’m lucky in that I came from a very DIY family. We built things and fixed things ourselves, so that always just seemed normal. I was taught how and encouraged to use the power tools, and I learned to sew at around ten years old (and promptly forgot it for the 24 years following). Now, I’m teaching myself electronics. After that, hopefully metalworking.
I strongly believe that not knowing how to do something isn’t an excuse to not do it, it’s a reason to learn. Treat that condition as the beginning of a journey, not as a dead end.
About This Site
I didn’t think the grandparents wanted the family blog filled up with random constructions and hacks when they only came to see baby pics, so I started this site at the end of 2009 to serve as a place to share my projects. Some of the projects might have a “how-to” component, but not all will.