This time on the Plutopia podcast, maker, writer and former editorial director of Make Media Gareth Branwyn joins Jon and Scoop for a wide-ranging discussion about makers and making. We examine small town life, the maker movement, makers on YouTube, and Gareth’s new book, “Tales and Tips from the Workshop, Volume 2.”
Gareth is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He’s just published Make: Tips and Tales from the Workshop Volume 2: A Handy Reference for Makers. The book collects wisdom and tips about measuring and cutting, gluing and fastening, clamping and joining, drilling, shop organizing, maintenance and repair, etc.
What surprises me now – and I was just talking to somebody yesterday about this — is that makers who are YouTube makers — once you get to a certain level of YouTube success, machine companies just start sending you crazy amounts of… you know, you want a shopbot, you want a CNC cutter, you want a laser cutter. You start getting all of these machines. And now you see these videos where a person has a shop where they can fabricate pretty much anything. They can cut metal, they can cut wood, they can do 3D printing. I don’t know what the new — everyone always says the Internet of Things is going to be one of the next big areas for both commercial development and DIY development. But to me it’s just getting that level of desktop fabrication technology in the hands of more and more people. So if you can think it, you can make it.