About

Me on my recumbent trike and towing a trailer

I am a maker. I make with my hands, using hand tools, power tools, and some machine tools. I make odd things that other people don’t seem to make, either due to specialism, or because it is not economically viable.

Much of my ability stems from having a diverse background of skills and experience that I have brought together to solve design and construction problems. I believe that being Autistic spectrum has allowed me to see the world around me differently so I can see solutions quickly and can find ways to achieve them using the limited tools and equipment that is available at the time.

Most of my childhood was spent constructing my own toys and playing with cast off car, and mechanical parts, learning how they were constructed and how they worked. This continued into adulthood where I’d make or repair before replacing.

I have two small workshop spaces, with MMA, MIG, and TIG welding facilities, and can work with a range of projects types. My work is mostly in wood, metal, fabrics and reused scrap. I try to work economically reducing the resources required for a project, and sourcing locally where possible.

The main areas of my work are with community groups, arts projects, museums and CICs, preferring to work with, and support, the community then solely for commercial gain.

Currently I am concentrating on developing miniatures projects, including Harriet Board, a 1:12 scale miniature maker in her own workshop on Twitter, and now Daisy Bell also a 1:12 scale character who will be blogging about her life and researching the history the town where she lives. To that end I am also writing their combined back stories, their own histories, and how they eventually meet.

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We were rather pleased to find the Tweet thread (below) from one of our clients and thought it worth sharing.

Loved working with @Maker_of_Things again. They helped us on a local pop-up 7 years ago. As we've grown, so have their ability to deliver. This month they nailed a bespoke, time-limited international project and still managed to deliver the "wow" factor alongside tiny detail. Their little team are honest about their neurodiversity to clients. It means you won't get a slick sales pitch in a swanky office, but you get trains of thoughts and solutions you get nowhere else, and attention to detail you hadn't realised you needed until you errr...need it. It pains us to recommend them as they're our secret weapon but if you're a museum looking for a bespoke solution to engagement from an entire WW2 street to a miniature Roman forum, they're your people. Oh and it seems to mean less and less in business these days, but they're both just good people. It resonates.
A twitter thread from one of our favourite clients, Big Heritage.