Tell us about yourself.
I was born 50 years too late. Missed the whole tinkerer generation. When I was young I tore apart anything that wasn’t nailed down. I come from a mechanically-inclined family. I joined the Makerspace several years ago to have access to machines I didn’t have. I still haven’t finished the project, I joined the Makerspace to complete, but I’m sure having a great time learning a lot and meeting like-minded people.
What are you presenting at Maker Faire Milwaukee?
I am presenting a art project that includes neon painted items, crafted projects and flow-dynamics. I started prepping for this right after the 2015 Maker Faire. It looks great in my head, hoping it looks that good in the Dark Arts Room.
What inspires you to make?
Making is a very loose term. Much of my time is making parts and repairing items for family, friends, fellow-makers and organizations. This year’s Dark Arts Project inspired me because I think it looks cool.
What is something you’ve made that you are most proud of, and why?
There isn’t just one thing I’m most proud of. I really enjoy the process of making and helping others do the same.
Why do you consider yourself a Maker?
I can take a project from thought through its completion. My wife says I can fix anything. It might not look good but it’s gonna work.
What tips or advice would you give to someone who wants to become a Maker?
Just do it.
Tell us about one of your failed projects.
There has been quite a bit of trial and error while working on my Dark Arts Project this year. There have been multiple trips to the dump and recycling center.
If you could make one thing that would improve the world, what would it be?
Go back to creating products that are not planned to be obsolete shortly thereafter.
For more info check out the 2016 profile page for Adrian Volden.