Welcome to my archive of mostly craftwork, electronics projects and experiments. I started this blog as a way to archive many of the projects I’ve created over the years. I’ve been tinkering with electronics since I was a kid and I haven’t stopped yet.
I grew up with a family of engineers and electronics tinkerers. My Dad was an engineer and a huge influence on my work and career choices. He built my brother and me our own workbench in the basement next to his. There was some serious father son nerdery happening down there for many years. My Mom was kind and patient enough to support all of this, or just happily ignoring us.
My Grandpa Dressel was a TV Repairman, when TVs used vacuum tubes, well before transistors and integrated circuits took over. I got to play with oscilloscopes and broken TVs at a young age and take electronics apart for fun constantly. It was THE BEST. Here’s a cool pic of my Grandpa, doing his thing, while working at Western Electric in Grand Rapids, MI, back in the 50’s I think.
This is my basement lab, an unorganized mess, but with a 1000mm X 1000mm X-Carve CNC. The Glowforge laser cutter is at the office lab. Much more organized but still not enough room. At the moment there’s a claw game attached to the bench, along with a torn apart Arp Odyssey on the bench. Not shown in photo.
I spent weeks reading, studying and building from the Forrest M Mimms books. I still have all of the them and reference them often. I find those to be the most influential books I’ve ever read. I hope to pass them onto my Grandson as inspiration, to take over and keep on soldering. Here he is jamming on some synths with a typical chocolate-face.
I’m not much on creating tutorials, but I may add a few here and there. I enjoy creating projects as I think of them and I finish 95% of them. I’ve spent a lot of time going down rabbit holes and fixing things that are supposed to work, I hope someone can learn from my experiences before beginning a similar project.