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"This is a must-read book. Mark has lovingly and candidly documented the complex, myriad, intangible and often very tangible rewards of grabbing the world with both of your hands, and learning how it works."
- Adam Savage, Mythbusters

"What Mark Frauenfelder knows is that making a ukulele out of a cigar box is not just fun (and finally a good use for your thousands of old cigar boxes), it's a way of restringing and retuning your whole life. Buy this book, read it, and then maybe make it into a clarinet. I bet you can!"
- John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require

"Why do otherwise well-adjusted people take to raising chickens in Studio City? What sort of contrarian spends a lot of time and money to kill his own lawn? These may be the projects of one quirky individual, but they point to something universal and true. Human beings find their proper home not in large-scale corporate structures but in the struggle for individual agency. You have to admire the doggedness with which the individuals in Made By Hand try to render their own world intelligible."
- Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft

"Frauenfelder has been at the center of the emerging maker movement, chronicling its rise as an economic force. Here, he describes a parallel evolution: his own embrace of making, as he applies the lessons he's been learning to his own life. It's as inspiring as it is entertaining. You'll never look at your lawn the same again!"
- Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief, Wired Magazine

"Made By Hand is a wonderful, thought-provoking, and timely book that shows us why and how we need to take back control of our lives. Now if only Mark Frauenfelder would put out a version written by hand on paper he made from the trees in his backyard."
- A.J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically

"Made by Hand is an absurdist essay on 'resistentialism,' defined as 'the theory that things have a secret agenda to make us miserable by fighting back against our efforts to use them.' It is the flip-side of self-sufficiency and independence-an example of the ongoing war between HAP (hire a pro) and DIY. Do you give in to the unassailable fact that you have no idea how things work, or do you embark on a quixotic (but potentially enlightening) attempt to figure it out?"
- Errol Morris, Academy Award-winning director of Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control

"Frauenfelder believes - as do I - that the DIY ethic is only partly about the things you produce. It's also about learning how to learn, about connecting with others who share your interests, and about taking pride in your accomplishments. ... I think the book is great, and I encourage you to pick up a copy if you're at all interested in DIY."
-J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly

"Made By Hand is a wonderfully inspiring read and makes turning to a make-centric way of life feel not only approachable, but utopian."
-Jaymi Heimbuch, TreeHugger.com

About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of the most popular blog in the world, boingboing.net. He is also the editor in chief of Make magazine. He has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and The Colbert Report and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, and CNN. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591844436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591844433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been passively involved in the Maker community for a while. This was one of my first purchase that revolved around that community. While the book is well written and does provide some entertainment it didn't really offer me anything beyond that. One of the things I'm finding out about the community and like wise the book is that if your from a Midwest farm town then a lot of what the Maker community is offering is stuff "we" have been doing for longer than I have been alive. However I do think that what this book has to offer is very important and should be read. Especially in large metro areas. So I rated this book as OK because this is a review about my experience with it, but I do want to make it clear that your mileage may vary. There was an especially long chapter about espresso/coffee neither of which I drink nor do I find the machines that make them quite as .... lets say... romantic.
This book was probably not written with me in mind which is why I rated it "OK" but I think that others that are interested in this book and don't have my background would enjoy it.
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The story is engaging and makes you want to learn more about what you can built or fix yourself. Recommended for anyone who wants to understand a little about the spirit behind the Maker movement.
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The book is full of humorous observations and anecdotes about failed endeavors. In a nutshell, it advises that you should not fear failure when you try new things. I enjoyed most of the book.

The author did devote entirely too much time to whining about his doomed chicken raising experience. (Short version: chicken munching critters 100% kill rate; chickens 0% survivors.)

If you are looking for a book about cheerleading for cigar box musical instruments and hacking espresso machines, look no farther. If however, you seek something that covers setting your pants on fire while welding, it is best to move along...nothing to see here.
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