What is a ‘Maker’?

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Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; we use tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once. – Adam Savage

The Maker community represents a technology-based extension of DIY culture. It revels in the creation of new devices as well as tinkering with existing ones. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3D printing, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and, traditional arts and crafts. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them to reference designs. – Wikipedia

A selection of my ‘makes’ are shown below; refresh the page to see another random selection or click here to see all.

You can also visit my dedicated Campervan Conversion Page to see in detail my biggest make ever!

Campervan Blind

I wanted the neat look of a recessed blind in my LWB VW T6 Shuttle, but without the price tag of a pre-built unit. As I was going to carpet and ply line my van walls anyway it was quite straightforward to add this functionality. The fun part was designing and 3D printing a new mount for the Ikea Blind I chose and making a new pull from leather to allow easier opening and closing of the blind.

Office Design

When I was appointed the Deputy Manager of an IT Department serving a Secondary School, Sixth Form College and 2 Primary Schools, the department was set to grow from 2 people to 6 and so a new office was required to accommodate us all. The school building was originally constructed as a Benedictine Convent and…

Van Tatts

With the help of my fantastically talented friend Mish, I have customised the tailgate on my VW T6. I saw her work on large format murals and messaged her to see if she wanted to be literally let loose on my van with a sharpie. We set a date and exchanged some ideas via Pinterest…

Leather Patch

I wanted a way of identifying my ski boot bag in case of loss and to differentiate it from anyone else who may have the same one. I could have put a traditional luggage tag on, but I’m a maker after all and I wanted it to look cool and not dangle from the bag…

Wedding Outfit

I couldn’t quite find the perfect outfit for my wedding day.. so as usual when that happens I made one! Consisting of a steampunk inspired double-breasted waistcoat with stand up collar, a Victorian era shirt with removable collar and a custom cravat. I submitted the cravat to an instructables competition for which I won a…

VW Shuttle Rear Heater Conversion

I have modified the rear HVAC unit in my Shuttle to accept standard Hot Air ducting. I removed the plastic panels to replace them with plywood and therefore lost the use of the vents. I wanted to reinstate this functionality and give myself the option of positioning the outlets in a more convenient location. I…

Becky Thornton
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