A few days ago, we showcased our collaboration with M.A.DtheMaker, but today, we take a bit more of a deep-dive, and ask a few questions to give you an exclusive look at the man behind the M.A.Dness.
Love getting pictures of my work in their new homes ! Two weeks ago, I got to surprise two of my friends with a housewarming gift thanks to some sneaky planning with one of their girlfriends. Haha these guys have good taste in brews, TV shows, and now local makers 👌👌Congrats on the new place fellas!
Toy Bacon: What sparked your interest in getting into woodworking?
M.A.DtheMaker: My family used to run a construction business, so I was never far from a power tool growing up. Pops had me on the tools as soon as I was old enough to be on a job site... Haha. Now, with a day job in the data centre world, I found a hands-on creative outlet in woodworking (specifically in relief carvings). Originally, I was just looking to make unique gifts for my friends and family!
TB: What's your preferred style of woodwork?
M.A.D: I wouldn't consider woodcarving a "traditional" style of woodworking - or at least the way I do it! I know lots of folks who make the real stuff. They use old (and new) school techniques to handcraft benches, coffee tables, and other furniture. That's definitely my preferred style but I'm not there yet. If I've learned anything working with wood, pushing your skills is an incremental process.
TB: What makes your work unique?
M.A.D: Without a doubt, it's the fact that almost all my pieces are made from one solid piece of wood - No separate glued together pieces. I've been told by many that I'm crazy because one mistake with my cuts and I'm basically starting from ground zero. Haha. It's just so rewarding and fun to transform a single flat pine panel into something that people can get excited about and appreciate. I love it!
When I started sharing my work online, I would only post pics of finished products. Where's the fun in that !? My approach is quite the opposite now...Some of my favourite pics are progress shots 👌👌Check out this Hylian Shield ! Im excited to watch it come to life soon with some colour. Until then, more hand tool work!
I sometimes incorporate electronics into my work (LEDs, raspberry pi, arduinos etc). On occasion, I'll make something that isn't a carving. This was part of branding myself a 'Maker' instead of a woodworker. I would love to incorporate metals into my work, and eventually take on some furniture builds (tools and materials are expensive, lol!)
Huge shout out to @treyrichards & @jaerichards from @4yallent for reaching out (AGAIN!!) to help deck out their popup shop at @muchmusic (TOMORROW 1pm-4pm). All the signage here was made by yours truly and I couldn't be more excited!! 🙋🙏 These guys are true hustlers, hilarious, and an inspiration when it comes to being a creator. Congrats on the new line of merch guys, keep killing the YouTube game ! ✌
TB: How did you come up with your brand/alias?
M.A.D: M.A.D = my initials
TB: What inspires you to continue creating?
M.A.D: Since sharing my work online and building a brand, I've found a vibrant instagram woodworking community with others who support my work, share theirs, and just know how to have fun! (cc: #scrapwoodfreethrowchallenge ) . In this online community, I've managed to connect with members closer to home in Ontario. We trade tips and tricks in our group chat, organize meetups - now I consider these folks my friends! It's been the most unexpected and pleasant part of what keeps me inspired. Bringing my talents online and starting a brand has been an amazing adventure into social marketing, networking, and the art of the side hustle - I never want it to stop!
Some makers from across Ontario finally pulled the trigger on meeting up in person instead of being digital friends. From shopname origin stories, talking shop, real life, and everything inbetween - yesterday night was one of a kind! Cheers to new friends 🍻🍻 - @thestumpshop @minspiredliving @pursuitofhappymess @vancemade @oakandfeatherdecor @mysweetrelish... @thepaintedfarmclockery/@remarkableworks we'll have to wait for next time!
Be sure to FOLLOW him on Instagram to see the master at work!