Maker Spotlight: Chris Seidel

Call: Chris Seidel

Home: Kansas City, Missouri

Makerspace: HammerSpace Workshop in Kansas City

Day Task: Genomics Scientist at a Research Institute




How did you get begun in making?

When I was 14 my uncle offered me a summer task for his 1-man microwave electronic devices company in Campbell, California, where I made parts on a Unimat hobby lathe, learned to solder, and bonded microchips under a microscope. There was a maker shop across the way with loads of scrap aluminum and steel sitting out front. As the company grew, we got a bigger lathe and a milling machine, and I started to make all sort of individual projects, from a rig for making chain mail, to a centrifugal casting maker like one I had actually seen at a local jewelry experts supply store. That experience taught me that whatever around us is designed and made, and that if I set my mind to it, I could make simply about anything.

What type of maker would you classify yourself as?

I would classify myself as a hobbyist maker. I like to make things involving wood, electronic devices, metal, normally with some sort of artistic angle. Making for the sake of making.

What’s your favorite thing you have made?

My favorite thing I have actually made just recently is a dual Apple Watch battery charger. The induction charging disk from Apple doesn’t quickly sit flat on a table. And between the watchband getting in the way and any cord tension for the disk desiring to flip the disk over, the easy act of charging my watch was a little workout in disappointment every day.

I figured a simple gadget to carry out cord management, and hold the disk up so I could merely curtain my watch on it would fix both problems, be visually pleasing, and be easy to develop. My spouse likewise has an Apple watch, providing me a possibility to integrate symmetry into the style. The design is the hardest part. I desired it to have a few curves, yet be easy and functional. With a small piece of Ash, and some bits of wood from the scrap barrel at my local makerspace Hammerspace Workshop(among my favorite things), I was able to develop a basic stand that holds the charging disks, hides the cords, and is held together by stress in the wood pieces. If I require to take the disks to take a trip, I can merely slide the pieces apart and dismantle it.

Any recommendations for individuals reading this?

When I was young in the factory, I made things because I didn’t understand that I couldn’t. As an outcome I got not only skill, but a sensation of achievement and self-determination. Now that I’m older, I discover it’s easy to shy away from making things since of the pain of not knowing how to do things. My advice is to simply make things anyhow. I don’t know anything about design, but I really like my watch stand. It’s offered me a lot more delight than anything I could have purchased off Amazon. When you create a course down an unidentified roadway, it appears hard initially, however you get concepts and skill as you go, and the financial investment is like planting seeds that require time to become a reward. Come harvest time, you’ll discover the ability to turn your ideas into truth offers a bounty of pleasure that lasts a very long time.

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