Since it first popped up on our radar at the 2005 Maker Fair, we have been hugefans of the maker movement. To make something that is useful and/or beautiful is a worthy pursuit and can be an extremely rewarding. If you have any interest in making there are a ton of great resources out there, but here are our suggestions for informative and sometimes funny reads.
Offerman’s portrayal of man’s man Ron Swanson wasn’t exactly far off from his real-life persona. His new book Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop, is a great read, even if you are not interested in woodworking. For those of us who love to work with our hands it is full of great tips and insights from a kindred maker spirit.
Taking things apart is the easy bit, reassembling them takes real know-how. The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkenson, is an anecdotal goldmine. If you want to learn how real people make and unmake things, this is the book you want.
Make no mistake, The Maker Movement is a revolution, it has already changed manufacturing and design in a big way. Mark Hatch has been around this movement since its earliest days, and his book The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers and Tinkerers is the perfect testament to the power of democratized innovation.
My plan for the Zombie Apocalypse was always to steal a cruise ship, but Simon Monk makes some compelling points in The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Funny and informative, Simon goes through a detailed plan to control your environment, communicate with others and escape imminent danger. Be sure to put a copy in your bugout bag
Motors for Makers is for those with a desire to learn more about electromechanical projects. Matthew Scarpino details the background of electrical motors as well as how to choose. Along with some great project ideas, Scarpino has written a thorough resource for makers with a desire for moveable creations.
I took so much from this book, even though it was written for teens. The Big Book of Maker Space Projects By Colleen Graves provides a bunch of easy to pick up projects that span a wide variety of techniques and disciplines. If you want to inspire someone or teach yourself, this book is a great way to get started.
If decades of experience isn’t proof of ones understanding of a subject, Lipton’s insights into metal fabrication back up his credibility. Metalworking Sink or Swim is for all the metal workers out there. With a broad reach of many forms of manufacturing, this book is great for the beginner machinist as well as experience fabricators who are looking to gain insights from a master.