No Lathe Pen Challenge: The Finalists

Finally, after over a month of watching videos, the judges have created a shortlist of videos that will be considered for first, second, and third prize in the No Lathe Pen Challenge! It’s been a long haul, but the end is in sight, and we should be able to announce a winner by next week. I’m excited. Are you excited? GET EXCITED.

The number next to the name indicates the video’s position in the playlist. Check ’em out:

3 Ollari’s
7 Wm. Walker Co.
12 Andrew Jones
13 Dan the Maker Man
16 YC WOODWORKS
28 FromTheHeartWoodMK
31 Vintage Wood Workshop
45 jimmydiresta
52 Gib Clark
53 BALES
60 Flirt Brooklyn
63 Mark Gets Bored
64 Oakmoon Life
65 Keith Decent
67 Jared Hildabrant
68 Mackenzie Rouleau
69 designer2k2
73 The Muz Shop
83 GP Woodworks
84 Paul Granger
86 sa-maker
89 Halifax Makerspace
90 Jackman Works
98 Braxton Wirthlin
110 JT Woodworks
115 Let’s Make Something Awesome Together
136 Lance Leonard
139 The Enginesmith
148 Alex 2Q
164 Maker in Training
179 Don Gorham
194 Chen Lu
195 Works by Solo
203 eRHonc

Looking ahead: Judging the No Lathe Pen Challenge and More

Hey everyone,

So the No Lathe Pen Challenge is closed — that is, we’re no longer accepting new entries. Thank you to everyone who participated! We received 205 entries for the challenge, and 48 people made their first ever YouTube video. That’s amazing. I hope you all had as much fun as I did.

If you want to see all of the entries, you can watch the No Lathe Pen Challenge playlist on YouTube. Be warned, though: there are over 18 hours worth of video on this list. It might take a while to work through.

Here’s what happens next: Continue reading

Make a knife from a saw blade

Hey everyone!

My new video is out. This is my first knife build, and it went REALLY well. I’m really happy with how it came out and I know my next one will be even better.

I also wrote up this video for Reddit and Instructables where it was featured TWICE — once in the Workshop section and once on the front page of the site! That’s awesome!

Making a knife from a saw blade is a fairly common project, but I’ve been putting it off for a long time. Maybe that’s because I was worried about messing it up. Recently, though, something finally clicked for me and I just decided to go for it. I managed to do the entire build using the angle grinder and a few other common tools, so this is definitely something that anyone could do if they tried. It’s not difficult at all. I used walnut for the handle and brass for the pins. I love how brass and walnut look together.

knife-from-saw-blade

I hope you enjoy the video. I’ve been spending a lot more time on my editing lately and getting my videos tighter. Let me know what you think.

Thanks, and work safe!

B.

The DIRESTA Book and World Maker Faire NY

Hey everyone,

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m writing a book with Jimmy DiResta about his life, his philosophy, and his advice to other Makers. I am super excited about the project and I want to spend as much time as I can on it. However, as it isn’t a paying gig until much later on (when I sell the book to a publisher), I need your help.  Continue reading