Welcome to the second edition of Meet Your Maker. This week it’s the turn of Chris from Barefoothumble.
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Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.
I’m from the North East of England, For my Dayjob I work for a large Automotive Manufacturer, by night or more likely the weekend I become Barefoothumble, maker of beads, Prys and coins. I purchased a Chinese mini lathe several years ago with the sole intention of making custom parts for my airguns that I was customising, once I had finished making the parts I needed I packed up the lathe for around a year and forgot all about it until I started seeing EDC groups on Facebook. I was interested in EDC gear when I was alot younger and usually carried a cheap no-name multitool in my pockets ‘just incase’. Once I rekindled my love of EDC gear I started to realise that it was crazy expensive to buy some of the gear I was seeing on Instagram and Facebook, I was a little disheartened and thought hey, you know what? I’ll make my own beads and pry bar, they won’t have a fancy name or be made by a renowned company or maker but they will be mine and I will have made them myself. I love making things, as a child I would make a Santa alarm for my bedroom door so I could catch him leaving my stocking, I made school desk alarms to stop my classmates stealing things out of my desk during CDT lessons at school. My favourite classes were electronics and woodworking.
What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?
My aim is to constantly improve my making skills and to eventually work in my own workshop full of machines full time producing custom one off unique pieces of EDC Art. I really want to make some UK legal Friction Folders but my skill level is just not there yet and the machinery I have it not up to the task at it doesn’t stop me dreaming about it though!
What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?
I think my greatest achievement would have to be the Barlow pry I was commissioned to make, it was a pretty scary prospect to be tasked with because until then I had never tried anything like it, a replica of a Barlow style knife but a pry! It was a crazy idea but I managed it first time, I have no idea how but it worked out great!
What is the best thing you have made and why?
The best thing I have made… Hmm, that’s almost a hard question to answer! I think the best thing I have made is my Family and my two children, EDC wise it would have to be the 3 memorial pieces I have made so far, the first was a simple pry but then engraved with the names of the person’s 3 children, one of which passed away unexpectedly at a very early age, the second and third are a pry and matching paracord spike with a special number to celebrate the life of another child taken too soon. These items allowed the parents to have something special and connected to a very important and personal time for themselves.
What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?
Right now my pockets are empty, I know! Crazy right!? But when you’re sitting at home and have a workshop with a full complement of tools at your disposal there’s not much need for a pocketful of gear!
What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?
My favourite pieces of EDC gear are a unique solid brass pry made by an amazing Italian friend, and a coiled brass and copper bead made by an equally awesome English friend and obviously TPTMCB along with my CoOperator number #99.
What EDC item would you love to own and why?
Another hard question to pin down! I have several items in mind that I would absolutely love to own made by some fantastic makers throughout the world but there is one item that I’d love to own and that is a Michael Morris fixed blade made under direct instruction from the man himself!
A random fact about yourself that readers won’t learn anywhere else
Fun fact! absolutely love pepperami!
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