Making

Project write-ups, galleries and instructions. You can also find my maker projects on a few other platforms:

Some projects are significant enough that they have their own repositories:

And you can even buy some of the things I’ve made:


  • Stream Photozine

    Stream Photozine

    Stream is a photo series published in zine form that I worked on July – October 2022. The photos were made over a few days around a small stream in the hills of Herefordshire, in the west of England, near the border with Wales. The zine is hand-bound in a limited series of 25. All […]

  • Pen Plotter

    Pen Plotter

    From bits to atoms, screen to paper. This plotter is an part of an ongoing investigation into machine design that started with my camera slider. The slider is a one axis machine, the plotter has two. Both are simple machines, but in order to work, need to be good. So building this plotter has been an […]

  • Snowflakes as a Service

    Snowflakes as a Service

    Procedural snowflakes generated in p5. I got my plotter working in time for Christmas, so I wanted to use it to make some cards for friends and family. I also thought it would be nice to build a GUI so other people could generate their own festive vectors – for their own plotter.

  • Soft Fabrication

    Soft Fabrication

    Working with soft materials in the fablab. I’m interested in how we can use digital and machine tools to work with a wider variety of materials. Those that allow for more varied forms and functions, or for less determined shapes, or for products with different aesthetics than those we’re used to seeing from digital fabrication […]

  • Fab Slider

    Fab Slider

    Learning about motion control Fab Slider is one of a number of projects I’m working on that fall under the umbrella of ‘tools for learning’. The artefact itself is a camera slider, designed to enable smooth panning shots in video or time-lapses, and especially useful in making project demo videos. But my real reasons for […]

  • Fab-able Arduino

    Fab-able Arduino

    As part of my digital fabrication teaching, I wanted to have a simple, cheap, and easy-to-fabricate Arduino board that students could make themselves, and use in their projects.

  • Campervan Conversion

    Campervan Conversion

    Perhaps the biggest maker project I’ve ever undertaken: converting an empty delivery van into a campervan to travel around Europe.

  • Lightweight Tyvek Wallet

    Lightweight Tyvek Wallet

    This is the wallet I carry with me every day. I want something as small and light as possible. I don’t carry much, just a few notes and cards, no change, keys or anything bulky. I also use it when hiking, so I want something pretty weatherproof.

  • Flat-pack camping chair

    Flat-pack camping chair

    I made this in May 2016, more or less following this design on Instructables. Having made lots of furniture projects out of softwoods and ply, I wanted to try something in a hardwood.

  • Autoprogettazione Chair

    Autoprogettazione Chair

    Making a design classic, one of Enzo Mari’s famous pieces of Autoprogettazione furniture. I came across Enzo Mari through talking with Will Holman about utopian designers. But once I learned of his work, it seemed as though every designer and architect I met nodded enthusiastically when I mentioned his name. So as a holiday project, I decided […]

  • RGB Projection Light

    RGB Projection Light

    This LED lamp is a simple lighting project that reuses a three colour LED light and mounts it in a tube to create a colourful projection light that looks great when pointed against a wall. Following these principles, you could take the project in many directions. For me was an opportunity to try turning something […]

  • Kessel Run Board Game

    Kessel Run Board Game

    Here’s a project still in prototyping stages, but it’s a simple one, and you can probably do a better job. It’s a mashup of Ticket to Ride and Star Wars: specifically the game-play of Ticket to Ride, but set in the Star Wars Universe.

  • LM386 Amplifier

    LM386 Amplifier

    The LM386 chip is a simple and cheap amplifier chip that is used in countless audio amplifier projects. I used one to make my own 0.5W amplifier. This is not a complete how-to guide, you can find plenty of those elsewhere. It’s just a write-up of some of the things I learned – and modifications […]

  • MYOG Tarp

    MYOG Tarp

    A tarp – being essentially a rectangle of fabric with tie out points – is probably one of the simplest outdoor MYOG (Make Your Own Gear) projects you can attempt. But not all tarps are created equal, so here’s my version.

  • Pen case

    Pen case

    I recently made this pen(cil) case, for reasons outlined elsewhere, and decided to document the process. I think this would make a great first project for someone who is new to sewing and wants to make something useful and ‘technical’.

  • Laptop stand

    Laptop stand

    I’m running an experiment. Inspired by the open hardware movement, I decided to design a product, document the design process and parameters of the product, and share it, to encourage adaption and improvement by others. I’ve blogged about it here, and I’m posting the files on Thingiverse for others to use. Design considerations I’m sharing […]

  • Pinhole Solar photography

    Pinhole Solar photography

    Back in March 2011, I went to Maker Faire UK in Newcastle, and learned how to make a pinhole camera. Here’s what I wrote about it at the time: Justin Quinnell gave an intriguing talk about pinhole photography and the beer can cameras he uses to take ultra-long exposures (i.e. six months) that track the […]

  • Lightweight backpack

    Lightweight backpack

    Jay Ham has written an excellent series on Backpackinglight.com on how to make your own ultralight backpacking gear. He shows you how to make a tarp, backpack and stuff sack, using 5m of lightweight fabric. The series starts with the simple techniques needed to make the stuff sack, gradually introducing more complex constructions until you’re […]

  • Circuit bent sounds

    Circuit bent sounds

    Sound files from circuit-bent instruments, sliced and diced for your sampler.

  • Ultralight overnighter backpack

    Ultralight overnighter backpack

    A lightweight backpack following the Backpackinglight.com design here. It’s made out of PU-coated ripstop nylon. The design is pretty faithful ot the original, with the addition of a few experimental features to try out other ideas I had.