Pepper and I met through an online dating service - and I remember wishing that there was a "crafty" criteria. In preparation for our wedding we began making as a family and we have not stopped since.
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Step 1: Introductions
My wife of two years is Pepper. When she moved to the town I lived in she couldn't find work in her field so she started selling some of the things we make both locally and online. We also made custom glasses from wine bottles for many friends for our wedding. She is adept at picking up projects that I have abandoned or being willing to repeat projects to sell for money.
Our son likes to get in on the making too. He likes working on his tree fort, selling things at the local market that we helped get started in our town, and is developing an interest in wood working. This summer he made marshmallow guns to give to friends and sell at the market.
Step 2: Making Our Workshop
The new shop features a 15x24 footprint with ceilings more than 10 feet high so I can easily move whole sheets of plywood and lumber around the shop. Bikes can hang from the ceiling and still leave plenty of room underneath. It is big enough that I can store lumber inside - which is a great feature in our rainy climate.
Aside from driving the piling for the foundation we did most of the work on the project ourselves, just calling friends to help stand up walls and other projects that need more than two pairs of hands.
Step 3: The Garden
The garden materials are also salvaged. The three tires are growing zucchini plants and they were dragged out of some of the fill that someone left long before I bought the property. The boxy planter was the base used to hold a fuel tank that was in the carport. We’re growing carrots and peas in it now. The pea plant trellis was salvaged from the dump. The fencing that surrounds the whole garden was a find that the local video store owner gave to us. She had a whole pile of these metal grates that were used for attaching shelves at the store. But she was paying rent on a storage unit and was unlikely to ever need more of them so she gave them to us one cold winter day. They make fantastic fencing material and manage to keep the pesky deer out of the veggies.
Jordan has even taken the time to show a friend how easy it is to grow your own food!
Step 4: What We Make
Here are some of the projects that we have made.
Furniture - Tables, a desk, stools, coffee table out of a pinball machine, refurbished folding lawn chairs, a porch swing.
Home improvements and repairs - replacing windows and doors, energy efficiency improvements, landscaping, wiring a projector in the living room, building an apartment in part of our home,
Bike related projects - cartbike, bottle opener from a crank arm, belt from bike tire, wheelbarrow trike, stool from wheels and crutches
Crafts - Like the wallet made from a computer keyboard, wood burning, earrings from spoon handles, and all kinds of stuff!
Step 5: Our Son Making
Step 6: Pepper Making
Step 7: How We Got Here
I asked our son what he liked about making together and he said that he likes helping each other out, learning how to use tools and make things, and the feeling of having made something.
I can't agree more - I have a lot of joy in knowing I helped make a maker family!