I’ve always been a maker. From a young age, I was curious about how things worked, and was always taking things apart. I guess I come by it naturally – my Dad is an engineer and has always been an avid DIYer. He was always building or repairing something, whether it was one of the cars or the house. I always enjoyed watching him work and helping by getting tools and such. I also learned a lot and became interested in science, electronics, auto repair, and woodworking.
Since those early years, I went on to earn a degree in electrical and computer engineering, and throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege to make many things: computer interface boards, KVM switches, vending machine electronics, a handheld computer (way before its time!), PLC control systems for the oil industry, nuclear plant safety parameter display systems, automated aviation maintenance checklists, software for satellite guidance sensors, and various web applications. I’ve had a taste of entrepreneurship, having worked in two startup organizations a few years back, and then three years ago, started a natural soaps and body products business with my wife, Donna. The business is called Iron City Trading, and we enjoy working it with our daughters and son in law. For two years now, we have been honored to be part of Southern Makers, a juried gathering of makers in Montgomery, Alabama that serves as a fundraiser for Eat South. By the way, this entrepreneurial bug bites hard – my wife’s first start up is a very successful consulting company called Innova Strategies LLC, and one of my daughters has also run her own business.
I’m currently an aerospace engineering manager, and while that’s challenging and interesting work, I don’t have too many opportunities to do hands on work during the day. Nights and weekends are another story. I’m always working on projects, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from making.
Through this blog, I hope to inspire you to be a maker too! I’ll share my projects with you, and ask that you be kind in your feedback, share improvements that you make, and be safe when using tools and things that can release energy.