The paperback edition of my book, Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself is coming out tomorrow (October 25). It includes a new section with a recipe for making kombucha and instructions for making a nice-sounding 2-string guitar out of a tin can.
If you pre-order a copy of the paperback edition (or if you already have ordered a copy) or order the Kindle edition, email me your receipt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will enter you in a random drawing for a new Kindle that I'm giving away. To be eligible, you need to order the book before October 24, midnight Pacific time.
Here are some quotes about Made by Hand:
"It's not merely good, it's foundation-shaking."
-- Seth Godin, Seth's Blog
"This is a must-read book."
-- Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters
"Made by Hand is impossible to set down once you start reading it."
-- James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia
"What Mark Frauenfelder knows is that making a ukulele out of a cigar box is not just fun (and finally a good use for your thousands of old cigar boxes), it's a way of restringing and retuning your whole life."
-- John Hodgman, minor television personality
"It's as inspiring as it is entertaining."
-- Chris Anderson, editor in chief, Wired Magazine
"Made By Hand is a wonderful, thought-provoking, and timely book that shows us why and how we need to take back control of our lives."
-- A.J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically
"Rich, though-provoking, and utterly readable."
-- Maya Donenfeld, maya*made
Here's the book's description:
From his unique vantage point as editor-in-chief of Make magazine, Mark Frauenfelder takes readers on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of do-it-yourself.
He spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering deeply satisfying ways to spend time together.
Frauenfelder also reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating “alpha makers” leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights.
You can read the first two chapters of the book here.
NOTE: The Kindle price will drop to $9.99 tomorrow.
Order Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself on Amazon.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.