A Maker is a person, device, machine or system that makes or produces something. Like art, making is in many of us to some degree. You don't need to go to school or take a class to become a maker. Over the last decade there has been an increase in places that help draw such skills deep inside you out into the open. Such places are called Makerspaces. Often more community driven than monetarily, Makerspaces provide a place to create with workshops and talent to help you grow your skills and mind. Brian Williford of Charlottesville created a facility called Tinkersmiths Makerspace for such a cause. Tinkersmiths existed as the only free Makerspace in the US that offered access to industrial equipment and workshops for free. Some library style Makerspaces that are free but they don't offer commercial grade wood shops, CNC equipment or and other more serious tradesperson offings. This resurgence of tactile experiences is known as the maker movement.
After a half a decade of sharing his tools and knowledge Brian decided to return to making things professionally. The shortest way to help understand why is to think of an artists that became an art instructor who no longer had the time to create their own art. Yes, it was important they shared such skill but after time their soul may long to go back to doing the thing they were born to do. We make things for people, businesses, hospitality, festivals, or whatever challenge presents itself. Many of the products Brian designs and makes are for sale at notsucky.com. Please reach out for inquires.regardless of how silly you may think the project is.