This week on The Green Woodworker Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with one of my all time maker hero’s, Jimmy DiResta. Not only was it cool to talk with Jimmy, it’s my 50th episode. Time has flown by and it’s been an incredible ride so far. Now…on to Jimmy!
Talking with Jimmy made me very nervous for obvious reasons. After all, he has been making for as long as most people in the community have been alive. Jimmy is a very humble guy and really loves serving the community any way he can. I use to watch Jimmy and his brother, John, on DIY TV back a few years ago. I remember the first time I started watching the show and thought how cool it was that they where able to find all this junk on the streets and create some really cool projects and items. This was the time of a big movement that not many really saw coming. Jesse James was building cool bikes, then the Teutuls (American Chopper) become TV hits with all the screaming and yelling every episode. While Jimmy may have not been renewed on TV he continued to learn new skills and hone old ones.
After being encouraged to add some video to YouTube, Jimmy found a new home. He found new fans and he found a new love. He was able to share his knowledge and building to a very large audience without the over site of a TV bigwig telling him what to do. After leaving the city of New York and moving north, Jimmy has found himself in a bigger shop and seems to be finding a new flow. Having space to move is also allowing Jimmy room for bigger machines. Jimmy is also in the process of building his very own maker space next to his home in upstate New York. This has been a dream for him for many years. I’m very excited to see what direction Jimmy goes next. His style is truly his own and I find myself inspired every time I see him make something on a video, or a post on Facebook.
Jimmy has spent a lot of time lately speaking at events in the US, sharing what he’s learned so far. At the end of this month he and many others will be heading to the UK to an event called Makers Central. Unfortunately, I wont be able to make it but it will be an incredible event for sure. One thing I definitely take away from my chat with Jimmy, is that everything he does and the life he lives can be done by anyone that puts their mind to it. I love how he says, “make something everyday”! Simple words to live by that will improve your skill and knowledge level. Jimmy also says when creating or making something to “over prepare, you’ll never be sorry”! Jimmy is just like all of us in the sense that he gets inspired from people in the maker community. He really enjoys work by leather master, Paul Cox. He gains inspiration from the YouTube channel of This Old Tony as well as masters like Andy Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci.
I know that after chatting with Jimmy, then listening again as I edited this episode, that I’m inspired to be a better me. I’m inspired to give more to my audience and the people who look up at what I’m doing. I’m truly blessed and honored, I’ve been given this opportunity to talk with and become friends with so many talented people. Thanks so much for following, listening, and supporting what both Jimmy and I do. We are very thankful.
Jimmy has been gracious enough to send a few great items for me to give to some listens of the podcast. To be entered in this giveaway, please comment below. Let me know how you’re liking these new blog posts and how you’re enjoying the podcast. GOOD LUCK FRIENDS!