Maker Spotlight: David Carlile

Call: David Carlile

House: Kansas City, MO.

Makerspace: Hammerspace Workshop in Kansas City

Day Job: Interface Engineer


What influenced you to end up being a maker?

My love of making and playing started when I was very young, watching my grandfather work in his woodshop making furnishings and hope chests for our household. For as long as I can remember, the idea of transforming the materials of the world around me into objects with function that I can see and hold has constantly captivated me. This fascination carried with me through high school and ultimately college where I continuously found myself with a drive and passion to develop, however no place to let that enthusiasm grow. Quickly after relocating to Kansas City, I discovered my first makerspace, Hammerspace Community Workshop. There I discovered a fantastic environment of similar, ingenious people with understanding and passion equal to my curiosity and goals, along with all the tools to turn my dreams into reality.

What type of maker would you categorize yourself as?

My geeky interests for many years lead me to discover a love of making custom-made spellbook themed dice boxes and gaming devices, which has actually quickly turned into a possible future service endeavor. Through the encouragement and tool accessibility at my regional makerspace, I have not just grown my skills and portfolio as a maker, however also my love of motivation, my confidence as a person, and my community of buddies, though to me they are family.

What job are you presently working on?

My current project is a portable storage case for roleplaying video game devices made in the design of the journal from the animated series “Gravity Falls”.

The process of making this custom-made storage case has actually been a fun finding out experience complete or trial, error, more trial, and success. One of the many excellent features of the makerspace environment is that there is always somebody around to take a look at your project with a fresh pair of eyes and offer you some handy, time-saving suggestions that you might have never ever come up with on your own. It’s also an excellent additional increase of encouragement to finish what you have actually started when you have numerous fellow makers who are as thrilled about your task as you are.

Any recommendations for individuals reading this?

Don’t be afraid to make errors and to make them often. The most valuable things that we can make as makers isn’t our items, our projects, or our income. It’s our errors. Undoubtedly, constantly plan your work as much as you can with what understanding and experience you have, and ALWAYS continue with those strategies SECURELY. However mistakes WILL take place, so listen to them and gain from them freely. Errors are the experiences that teach us and (in turn) they end up being the wisdom that we pass on to others. Mistakes are the truest currency of making. 2 makers can pass money, tools, and objects backward and forward all day without ever growing as artists. It’s the sharing of their knowledge, their experiences, their errors that genuinely grows them as makers, artists, and as people.

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