MAKE Asks: Books that Inspire you to Make

MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: What books have you read that either inspired you to start making, or encourage you to continue making today? Fiction or Non-Fiction, How-To books or sci-fi novels, no holds barred.

As a boy I read the novel Hatchet endlessly. It’s a story about a kid who gets stranded in the Canadian woods with a hatchet as his only tool. I was fascinated with how he made do with what he had, making spears, discovering fire, building shelter, and eventually getting rescued. That feeling of survival often comes back when I’m making something — especially when it’s a part that I’m kludging together.

Post your responses in the comments section.


In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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