Tell us about yourself
I am a retired auto assembler with nothing to do but make my robot. I developed artistic talents at an early age and love to build, invent and show off.
What are you presenting at Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire?
I am bringing a 7 foot tall Lost in Space robot replica B9. I have been building and improving the robot for 10 plus years with the help of the B9 builders club and Milwaukee Maker Space. Right now he has arms animated with a Parallax basic stamp microprocessor and voice software recorded by the original voice of Dick Tuffeld.
What inspires you to make?
I saw Lost in Space when I was ten years old and knew I wanted a robot. I grew up in a creative environment and always had something else I wanted to make.
What project have you made that you are proud of, and why?
The list is endless. I made a working model of the Nautilus submarine from 20,000 leagues under the sea. I took it to Lake Michigan and watched people jump out of the water because they didn’t know what it was. I made a four foot fiberglass flying saucer with blinking lights and sounds. A Hotwheels garage, many small robots and my best, the lost in space robot.
What tips or advice would you give someone who want to become a Maker?
Dream big, build what you can. Everything I do is something I never tried. Some people just build and can’t stop.
Tell us about one of your failed projects.
It’s all trial and error. I made the treadsection 3 times before I was satisfied. The claws were made 5 times. When I was 6 I rode a roller coaster and tried to make my own. Most of my failures are just not finished or abandoned till later.