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Maker Joe

Maker Joe

An Interview with Joe Gilmore, a.k.a. “Maker Joe”. More of his work can be found at: By clicking the image above, you can view a short video by William Murray about Maker Joe’s Kinetic Sculptures.

A little about Maker Joe:

I explain to people that I am what happens when an engineer gets an art degree because he can’t do four years of math classes.

On a grand scale I did have trouble with breaking down a complex situation, and seeing it through to completion, but the other side is where the art work comes from – I don’t see the face value – this gear that came out of a typewriter can go with this lever that came from a sewing machine. Things go together – this applies to machinery, words, people, psychology, spirituality.

What got you started on doing this?

I’ve always had the drive toward self-awareness, and the times I’ve been most disconnected, it was because I was trying to be something I’m not, trying to live up to someone’s expectations.

What is real, what is always with me, whether I am being paid for it or not, what appeals to me – if I see a machine opened up, the inner workings, I have to go look at it, its a compulsion.

These urges I’ve had all my life to take things apart, and explore, that’s something central to what I am. I need to embrace it. My big lesson lately is that I get many more ideas, than I can bring to fruition. So for everything you see here, there are hundreds of projects that didn’t make it. My workshop is a mess.

To get machinery to be organic is challenging. What my work is philosophically about is taking things that don’t belong together and making them work harmoniously together.

Is there an audience or market that you are targeting?

The people I like to target are – like me, both sides of my personality that see both the artistic and technical. I like engaging with those people, on a personal level, talking shop.

There are museums that have really bad art in them. That’s because they are about who you know, or when you were in the right place where people can see you. There’s a large social aspect to popularity. I like to joke that I’m a flaming introvert. I will occasionally turn it on to do these shows, but if I’m not in the basement, I’m reading a book, or seeing one friend at a time.

The Maker Faire is good because it makes me get out of the workshop, and get in front of people.

*This post was written for your reading pleasure by Atlanta MakerFaire Volunteer William Murray ( 

Prototype Robotics

Prototype Robotics is the brainchild of JD Warren, a robotics and programming enthusiast who’s been featured on the cover of Make Magazine and has published his own book on Arduino Robotics. Mr. Warren has been programming most of his life, but began building his own functional robots in 2010 with the Lawnbot400, a fully functional, remote-controlled lawnmower and dump truck. After seeing his work published and receiving lots of positive feedback, Mr. Warren created as a place for him and others to share their work.

After the Lawnbot400, Mr. Warren created the SegBot, an Arduino-controlled DIY Segway clone, built for around $500. For anyone interested in building their own Lawnbot or Segbot, Mr. Warren has posted videos and instructions on his website, with more detailed instructions on the programming and construction of Arduino robots in his book.

He’s also built bluetooth-controlled bots, line-following bots, and several unique robotics components that were required for his robots. For this year’s Maker Faire Atlanta, Mr. Warren is bringing the Lawnbot400, SegBot, several new Lawnbots his friends have built, as well as several smaller robots and a couple of remote-controlled robots for kids to test drive. This will be Mr. Warren’s third year at Maker Faire Atlanta.


JD Warren

Prototype Robotics

Photos used with permission of JD Warren.

* This post was written by AMF Volunteer Robert Bennett, a high school physics teacher and robotics coach. He is a DIYer and owns the DIY home improvement site