Interview with Mark Frauenfelder, co-founder of bOING bOING and editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine. Mark joined us to discuss his book MADE BY HAND: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World.
Mark Frauenfelder Editor-in-Chief of MAKE magazine and editor at boingboing.net joins Bryan to discuss Mark’s book Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself and whatever else moves across their minds.
Mark Frauenfelder, Founder of BoingBoing and Author of Made By Hand: Interview on The Sound of Young America | Maximum Fun
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of the seminal zine and blog BoingBoing, the editor of Make Magazine, and the author of the new book Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throw-Away World, about the pleasure of making things yourself.
In 2003, Frauenfelder, his wife and two small children moved to a remote island in the South Pacific. They hoped to escape modern life, but they found that they were instead isolated and beset by health problems. When they returned, four and a half months later, Frauenfelder considered what he really enjoyed about his trip, and realized it was working with his daughter on the laborious process of preparing coconuts to be eaten. He resolved to make more.
In Made By Hand, he writes about the movement towards "making," and about his own efforts. He got rid of his lawn to plant food, started whittling his own spoons and making cigar-box ukeleles, among other activities. He found that what he was looking for when he moved to the South Pacific was available to him right in Southern California.
In today’s episode I talk to Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of Make Magazine, co-founder of Boing Boing, and author of the book Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World. We discuss his experience developing a DIY ethos and becoming more self-sufficient.
Show highlights: How shucking coconuts on a remote island in the South Pacific led to his DIY passion How making things with your hands brings meaning to your life What keeps most folks from fixing and building things themselves How mistakes lead to success How becoming more “handy” can improve other parts of your life And much more!