I am a Maker. By day I am a Lead DevOps Engineer for SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Elsewhere, I am a Father to Six, ranging in ages from 6 to 25. I am a husband to a brilliant maker in her own right. I am in fealty and service to the Kingdom of the West, birthplace of the Society for Creative Anachronism. I have a passion for making useful things and honing my skills.
I am focused on three areas of making:
- Leathercraft - I enjoy recreating belts, pouches, shoes and other accessories that are useable and look great. Leather seems to be my most 'natural' medium I work with, in that I intuitively know my way around it better.
- Armoring - I am learning the craft and art of Armoring in the context of apprentice to Steven Schroeder (Duke Fabian Arnett von Schwetzingen) by creating replicas of extant examples for Heavy SCA fighting and BOTN/ACL/AMCF Live steel combat.
- Internet of Things - I find the possibility of multiple connected things automating and solving challenges to be invigorating.
While I am a software developer, I've got 6 kids and live in one of the most expensive places in the US, The Bay Area. I'm frugal, I don't tend to spend money unless it's a small thing, or it's for the family. If I have a patreon, as many have suggested, then that would be exclusive to my art to buy better tools.
I don't think the world owes me a thing. If you donate, I appreciate it. To show that I'll regularly update on things that I've done. About 95 percent of the things I make go to others as gifts, so I can assure you it's not a profitable venture, which brings me back to patreon - my passions should not interfere with the family finances, right? Priorities.
Thanks for looking around!