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Instructables authors in UK, Germany and thereabout Answered

I'm looking to identify Instructables authors that live in the UK, Germany and the regions thereabout.

I can name of a handful of you folks off the top of my head, but if you live in these areas, would you leave a comment here?

Reason why: Our Instructables/Autodesk Public Relations and Brand Partnerships people are looking to unearth some great Instructables content from these regions. The goal is to connect with these authors and then tell their stories to regional media. (Kind of like this: http://www.7x7.com/culture/we-wanna-be-friends-eric-johnston-aka-batman). 

You could leave a boring comment like "I live in Germany" . . . or you could do that and enlighten anyone that happens to stumble across this post by answering the always-interesting question:

Why do you make things?

Thanks in advance!!

Sam, aka seamster

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coventrymakerspace

3 years ago

You can view our community collection here

https://www.instructables.com/id/Coventry-Makerspac...

We make because that's the point of life! We also do a lot of support for the community. We have built notice boards, repaired stuff. One of our favorite projects is detailed below:

The Stoke Aldermoor War Memorial ProjectA
joint project between Stoke Aldermoor Community Association (SACA) and
Coventry Makerspace to restore the Stoke Aldermoor Second World War
Memorial, and create a companion memorial to those who have fallen in
subsequent conflicts.

The Stoke Aldermoor War
Memorial has a somewhat turbulent history. Originally housed in the
estate's Working Men's Club, it was rescued from an arson attack by
firefighters, only to be disposed of by builders renovating its new
home, The Aldermoor Hotel. It was subsequently rescued from a skip in
Warwick, in fragments and with all of its metal stripped, presumably for
scrap. It has, since then, been temporarily housed within a church, a
school, and a community centre. It is not possible to display the
fragments, so it is currently stored in a plastic box within the LIFE
Community Centre.

SACA and Coventry Makerspace hope that,
working together, they can restore the memorial to its former glory, as
well as create a companion memorial commemorating those not named on the
original plaques and those from the estate who have fallen in
subsequent conflicts. Among the SACA volunteers working on the project
is the aunt of Shaun Bush, who was killed in Afghanistan at the age of
24.

By creating the memorial ourselves, SACA and the Makerspace
hope that we can provide a fitting tribute to those who have given their
lives, keeping expenses as low as possible while maximising the
community benefit of the money spent. By sourcing the tools and
materials we need, we can produce the memorial ourselves for
significantly less than outsourcing would cost, with local Aldermoor
residents helping to design and build the memorial and Coventry
Makerspace providing the skills and expertise to make it happen. After
the project has concluded, SACA will have a memorial for generations to
come, and the Makerspace will be able to use the tools to provide STEM
education and to help other communities and projects in the future.


We
at the Makerspace have forged close links with SACA since we have
started working on this project. We have helped and supported them,
holding weekly progress meetings where we manage the project, helping to
work out what tasks need to be performed next and suggesting ways to
achieve them. We have assisted them in creating a website for the
project, writing their grant application and providing focus and
encouragement. In addition, we have invited members of the community to
attend events at the Makerspace and hope to continue this relationship
beyond the duration of the War Memorial project itself.
We
have been disappointed to have received only a small fraction of the
funding that we require from the grant applications we have completed so
far (which were made to the Coventry City Council Community Grants
Fund). Having only been notified of this decision in the past few days,
we are currently working on a new funding strategy. We are aware that
this project has been proposed for some time and has not yet come to
fruition. While this is partly down to lack of funding, we feel that it
has in the past been difficult for SACA to negotiate a plan of action
and focus it accordingly. We hope that our involvement will help to push
the project forward and that we will find alternative funding and
finally restore the war memorial in Stoke Aldermoor.Please see the attached pictures and grant applications for further information:

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Update: Today the memorial is being installed at Stoke Aldermoor and tomorrow it will be unveiled by a war veteran as part of their annual open day. It will be interesting to see whether Coventry Makerspace actually have the guts to turn up for the unveiling given that they have taken all the grant money but not actually done anything. Much was promised but nothing delivered. A shame and an own goal for Coventry Makerspace.

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Gregariouscoventrymakerspace

Reply 3 years ago

Well done Coventry guys. I see that you are well up there in the Makerspace contest. I wish I lived nearer as I would love to be involved with such an active vibrant group. Good luck in the contest.

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gregoryfenton

2 years ago

I live in the UK (England)

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Giulia Art

3 years ago

I live in UK and i like to do a lot of things from paper :)

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Tecwyn Twmffat

3 years ago

I own the whole of the Island of Anglesey, N.W. Wales, UK. I also love the fusion 360 software - it's very cool.

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backwards lamb

3 years ago

I live in the UK (midlands) I make things because I always have made things. My job as an architectural model maker keeps me making, but when i have some free time i love to make fun things.

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Vulcaman

3 years ago

I live in Germany and I like to create cool things by myself. I'd like to show people how to create cool things without so much money. I think Instructables is the perfect place for those projects. Also the Contest on this page are amazing, I really enjoy them:-)

Vulcaman

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Vulcaman

3 years ago

I live in Germany and i make things, because I'd like to show people how to create cool things without so much money. I my opinion everyone can create cool things, so Instructables is a awesome place to share your project. Also the community is super awesome on Intructables!

Vulcaman

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spunk

3 years ago

I live in Germany and I'd like to help to make instructables more popular here ; )

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uerselspunk

Reply 3 years ago

Hello neighbor...!

I live in Ulm....

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uersel

3 years ago

Hi there, I'm swiss, but I live in Germany. I make things partly because it's my job as a propsmaster in a theatre, but I also make things because I need to! When I walk through a fleamarket, a thriftstore or Ikea I see stuff and in the same moment I see almost endless possibilities what to do with it, how to alter it, how to improve or adapt it to my needs. And I like to share it, maybe because I used to be a teacher and this is my way to teach other people some fun and interesting stuff...

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Pirate_Prince

3 years ago

Whenever I hear the word Autodesk I think of the very first version of 3D studio that was available on DOS. Great programme that gave me countless hours of joy in creating models and animating them, way back when when I was a student in London.

Of course there is a great chasm that exist about the history of Autodesk of what it used to be and what it has become and what I used to be and what became of me, which we have no time to discuss here but suffice to say, Creativity runs in my veins and like many here, I was a lurker too before deciding to join this great community and share my tinkerings. :)

Currently I have over 20 in the pipeline and look forward to sharing those also soon as I get a chance to complete them.

I live in the South west part of the UK.... and can somebody tell me when is it going to stop raining?? We are soaked to the bone!

I wish we could send most of it to drought stricken parts of the world like CA.

Now, that would be an awesome ible!!! Wouldn't it?

Guner

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coventrymakerspace

3 years ago

I can highly recommend chatting to member KerryW, she is an awesome making and just doens't stop. Kerry joined Coventry Makerspace after having some real bad luck in life and through making she has invigorated her life becoming some what of a local legend in making and supporting the community. Coventry Makerpspace would be a different place without her.

https://www.instructables.com/member/KerryW/

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Gregarious

3 years ago

Hi,

I live in Manchester and, as it says in my profile, I was a long time lurker, but always loved reading Instructables. My full time work and other commitments prevented me from actively taking part. I was originally a a radar engineer then equipment service engineer, before being seduced into setting up on my own.

I have had a games development and web marketing ventures that kept me busy. I have also had 3 books on games design published by Collins.

Now that I am semi-retired and have more time, I am enjoying using all the tools and materials that I had acquired for 'when I have the time'.

I was really excited to have my very first 'ible featured and have since had many more featured. I have also won a few runner up prizes in contests.

Instructables have so far rewarded my efforts with some nice kit, aprons, tee shirts, stickers and over 12 years of the pro membership upgrade.

I currently have 8 new ones that I am working on and aim to have at least 2 per month uploaded. When I finish properly setting up my 'man cave' I will be able to do some of the electronics projects that have been on my 'makers-bucket-list' for ages.

Of course I yearn to have my own 3d printer, Laser cutter and CNC Router but, until then, there is plenty to make with a few power tools, some hand tools and a little imagination. (Oh, and an understanding wife :-)

The site is a true gathering of kindred spirits and is mutually supportive.

I even managed to do an Instructable whilst on a trip to Las Vegas, using a local hackerspace.

PM me if you need anything more.

Cheers.

Jim (Gregarious)

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coventrymakerspaceGregarious

Reply 3 years ago

Hi Jim,

I really like your post and I suffered from no community in Coventry. In Manchester you have quite a lot going on at Fablab and Madlab, which are pretty cool. I went up to visit before forming Coventry Makerspace.

If you find yourself with some time and transport, we would welcome a visit from you and spend a day making, chatting and maybe some BBQ food.

Let us know coventrymakerspace@gmail.com

We are planning on renovating a 100 year old pond, which is a former boating lake. We plan on using it for an anual model hoverraft competition, you would be welcome to join in.

Best regrads,

Coventry Makerspace

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world of woodcraft

3 years ago

Hello I'm from the north of England. One of the things that pulled me into instructables was the sense of community which seemed to be a little bit harder to find in my close proximity. If it turns out lots of makers live up here that would be awesome. I like to make things an i think all makers kinda like to talk about the things they make.

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BrittLiv

3 years ago

I am from Germany.

I haven't been making much
stuff lately and published even less. Now I notice that making things is a part
of me. It fills me with an incredible amount of happiness to see my ideas come
to life and maybe add some joy to other people’s life with them.

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coventrymakerspace

3 years ago

Come and check us out, nearly 60 featured Instructables in a month many front page. We are in the UK, Coventry.

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seamsterKiteman

Reply 3 years ago

Ha, you're good!

I've been around since 2008, but I was a lurker for a while before that . . . :)

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Moem

3 years ago

I'm in the Netherlands.

I make stuff because it isn't there. :-D
No, seriously... making things makes me feel great. I call it a 'Maker's High'. Plus, there's the enormous advantage of getting things that aren't available in shops. You can make them just the way you need or want them to be.

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Not sure if I qualify as I am currently in AU, but the first 30 odd years I lived in DE.
I stubled on Instructables after searching Google for some nice projects and after seeing some of the Ibles here I decided to add some more.
Making things or improving existing designs is fun as well as a mental game.
You have an idea and work to get it all together, once it working as you expected (more or less) it gives a feeling of satisfaction.
For example my induction heater started as a proof of concept and after a few failed attempts I got it right an made an Instructable out of it.
The number of views and comments tell me I did a good job and that in return makes it all wrth while in my opinion.

Not always good in making the text in a way that suits everyone but always improving ;)
Was thinking of trnaslating some of my ibles to german but I did not really see much going on over at the German Intructables site so for now I am just present here.

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Omnivent

3 years ago

Copenhagen, DK.

I Am... Therefore I Make!

Any true tinkerer will understand what I am on about and those who don't get it is beyond reach anyway ;)

(I'm having an ongoing semi-regular debate on this subject, with a friend who's a brain scientist/researcher/whatever and we both find it very elusive to put a pin in the exact "why". We both know why we do stuff, but putting it into words always seem to be bleak and it's probably because the definition itself is a floating and constant changing thing - the more we debate it, the more philosophical (and vague) does the "why" seem to become.

A few possible candidates... To kill time, to express oneself, to learn, to excel, to be in control, to loose control... In short - To live.