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!

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…

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…

Custom Lid

  I needed to modify the lid on a bottle to allow a funnel to fit in to it. The metal, once cut, left a dangerous jagged edge, so I wanted to protect against injury and make the whole thing look as neat and professional as possible. I designed the part in Tinkercad and printed…

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…

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.

Woodburning Stove

My family and I love being outdoors, but living in the UK it’s often cold and so would invariably find ourselves around some kind of fire pit or the like. Fire-pits are messy, cumbersome and lead to a face full of smoke for one or all of the people trying to keep warm! On one…

Becky Thornton
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