Made by Hand

Made by Hand

Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

By Mark Frauenfelder; Kirby Heyborne (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, MP3 CD, 9781400167814

Publication Date: June 2010

From his unique vantage point as editor in chief of Make magazine, the hub of the newly invigorated do-it-yourself (DIY) movement, Mark Frauenfelder takes listeners on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of DIY. The Internet has brought together large communities of people who share ideas, tips, and blueprints for making everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to pedal-powered iPhone chargers to an automatic cat feeder jury-rigged from a VCR.DIY is a direct reflection of our basic human desire to invent and improve, long suppressed by the availability of cheap, mass-produced products that have drowned us in bland convenience and cultivated our most wasteful habits. Frauenfelder spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects, such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering a path that was simple, direct, and clear. Working with their hands and minds helped them feel more engaged with the world around them.Frauenfelder reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating "alpha makers" leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights.Beginning his journey with hands as smooth as those of a typical geek, Frauenfelder offers a unique perspective on how earning a few calluses can be far more rewarding and satisfying than another trip to the mall.

About the Author
Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor of the world s most popular blog,, as well as the editor-in-chief of the hit technology magazine "Make." Formerly an editor at "Wired" and a technology columnist for "Playboy, h"e is frequently interviewed for television, radio, and print, including MSNBC, "The Wall Street Journal, " "The Los Angeles Times", and "Business Week". He is the author of the book "Rule the Web".

Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society.

Praise For Made by Hand

"A utilitarian motivational booster for DIYers." ---Kirkus