Why Make ?

a PODCAST asking makers the question... what inspires them and why they make?

Why Make? Episode 6 : Russell Gale

From growing up in rural western North Carolina to living in Costa Rica after high school and then venturing out west to attend the renowned woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods to life in his own shop and finally director of Grovewood Galllery in Asheville , Russell describes a rich and interesting path as a maker.

Why Make? Episode 5: Brian Wurst

An in-depth conversation with Brian Wurst, the lead woodworking instructor in the Professional Crafts: Woodworking Program at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC. Erik and Robb talk with Brian about his journey from architecture to woodworker to educator.

Why Make? Episode 4 : Timothy Maddox

Timothy Maddox the creative force behind the hand painted sign company Mighty Fine Signs in Asheville NC talks of his life long interest in hand lettering and signs and his journey exploring the art of the hand painted sign.

Why Make? Episode 3 : Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle

Melissa Engler talks about growing up in the Canadian Rockies and moving to western North Carolina as a teenager and not discovering art until her mid 20’s. Graeme Priddle grew up in New Zealand and again discovered art later in life. Together they talk about partnering as teachers and collaborators in art and their involvement in the Emma Lake International art collaboration and CollaboratioNZ.

A few notes about this episode… if you were wondering? here are links and attempts at explaining some of the things that you hear about in the podcast.

And if you heard something in the podcast you still can’t, for the life of you, figure out, please contact Erik or Robb through the Contact page and we will make up some kind of story to placate you.

Why Make Episode 2 : Wayne Raab

An engaging and wide ranging conversation with Wayne Raab, the retired lead instructor in the Fine Woodworking program at Haywood Community College. Wayne was both Robb and Erik’s instructor during their time spent in the program. Having this conversation with Wayne was part of the inspiration for the Why Make? podcast, enabling Robb and Erik to start exploring their roots as makers and why they make.

A few notes about this episode… if you were wondering? here are links and attempts at explaining some of the things that you hear about in the podcast.

And if you heard something in the podcast you still can’t, for the life of you, figure out, please contact Erik or Robb through the Contact page and we will make up some kind of story to placate you.


Why Make Episode 1 : The beginning

Robb and Erik discuss just what they want the Why Make? podcast to be about and Erik has the very first Why Make? conversation with Robb about what inspires him.

A few notes about this episode… if you were wondering? here are links and attempts at explaining some of the things that you hear about in the podcast.

  • Erik and Robb are not actually twin sons from different mothers… but, they sure think they are.

  • Andy Buck is a big influence on some of the whimsical things that Robb makes… his toilet plungers and much more can be seen here andybuck.com

  • Robb talks about his brother Brian Helmkamp quite a bit… Check out Brian’s sculpture, work with Dinosaurs and music.

  • John Grew Sheridan is a maker in Northern California and his approach to and process of making has influenced Robb.

And if you heard something in the podcast you still can’t, for the life of you, figure out, please contact Erik or Robb through the Contact page and we will make up some kind of story to placate you.