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.


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!


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

Welcome, MakerCast Listeners!

Hey everybody!

I was fortunate to be the guest on this week’s MakerCast. Jon is a fantastic interviewer and I’m honored he wanted me on his show. You can listen via your favorite podcast aggregator or by following the link above.

Here is the “Paper Olympians” article I mentioned in the podcast. You can read all of my work at http://makezine.com/author/billlivolsi

I will periodically post updates about the Jimmy DiResta book, but for now: I’m writing a book with Jimmy DiResta. It’s going to be awesome.

More later.