Charlie and Delta are my initials using the phonetic alphabet, which my Dad taught me when I was a child. I use them as my username for my maker accounts.
I am a Maker and I am proud to be part of this wonderful and supportive international community.
The community is fully inclusive; it doesn’t matter who you are, what you make, what you make it from, or how big or small it is there is a place within the community for you.
We are all indulging our passions and provide support and advice while sharing our successes and failures with others around the world using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. We meet at events like Makers Central where friendships are made with other makers from all around the world that we would not have normally met.
I enjoy making and building items that I need or want out of wood, metal, electronics, or anything else, if necessary I will try to do this by reengineering, repairing, repurposing or upcycling broken or worn out things giving them a new lease of life. I have made furniture, my workshop stereo/benchtop PSU, workbenches, jewellery, and tools. I like the idea of upcycling and repurposing items that most people would deem rubbish and throw away.
I particularly enjoyed stripping, renovating and rebuilding the frame and engine of my first motorcycle. I have plans to buy a bike to completely renovate and rebuild at some point in the future. I have also modified and upgraded many of the guitars that I own.
In 2013 I bought my first house which I am currently renovating and modernising.
You may notice, for example in the pictures of me with the other makers, that I am not so comfortable in front of the camera, despite this at some point in the future I will expand this page to a complete site.
Click on the thumbnails for a larger image.
"Spiffed" on the Fools With Tools Podcast
I know it's not something that most people care about, but if you're here and reading this then there is a good chance that you're a maker.
Every week at the end of the episode they all take turns to give their recommendations in the "People that we think that are Spiffing" section. In episode 89 "Potentially Valuable" to my complete surprise Steve chose me. In the previous weeks episode Steve mentioned how he had showed a little girl at Makers Central 2019 how to blacksmith using some plasticine instead of hot metal (for Health & Safety reasons), I happened to take a couple of pictures of this so I posted them on my Instagram feed to give some context to his story for the listeners. With Steve's help he was able to connect me with the father of the little girl who did not manage to get any pictures of it, of course I was only too happy to send him the high-resolution copies of the images.
Another podcast that I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys making, a bit of warning though, this podcast is extremely adult themed and is definitely not suitable for young ears or for a work environment.
Past Projects Gallery
Click on the thumbnails for a larger image and more information....or go to here to see a Magento style shop that I created to showcase some of my projects. You cannot actually buy anything there, I built it to explore some of the technologies of Magento in my own time.
More to come soon....
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