Meet the Maker Series | Micah Summers, Makerologist of Fabrication and Prototyping

How and why did you get involved with Makerologist? I originally came up with the term 'makerologist' as a way to describe part of my role in the maker community. I see myself as one who holistically studies all elements of making (from technical knowledge to the cultural fabric of art & design) After sharing this concept with Clarissa, we began to spin it off into a collaborative blog.

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How does your work with Makerologist impact your life? Makerologist has quickly evolved into at least two powerful forces; a decentralized maker-based 'opportunity engine' (ie a marketed brand), and a hand-picked group of cool people with which to learn and collaborate.

Honoring those who came before us: When was a moment when someone impacted you and made a difference, or got you into what you do now? I've looked to many people, both dead and alive, for inspiration, motivation, and confirmation. This energy helps me preserve my ambition in light of the entropy and forces of nature working against us all.

Thinking about specific scenarios/events: When was a moment when you realized you were making an impact? (An aha moment) My strongest confirmations of personal impact have (and still) come from my work with the West Seattle Tool Library, where we enable thousands of people with their projects. Being published in MAKE: Magazine and being able to exhibit the Bay Area Maker Faire were both powerful indicators that our groups projects were meaningful and valuable

When you look ahead, what is your vision for your work and the community(ies) you work with? I could write pages on this, but I believe my best work is very much to come. 8-10 years ago, I knew I wanted to enable my endless stream of ideas and designs. I set about collecting tools, knowledge and environments to make things (anything and everything I could). That general drive has not faded, but it has been augmented with a strong desire to connect, build, and share community. The Makerologist group is one kind of community, the volunteers at a makerspace or tool library are another, as are my local geographic community, and countless online communities. I have a personal requirement to continually ramp up my education to these communities as well as continuing to learn and innovate. My ambitions are a bit like free-range/organic food; they're more defined by the journey than the destination.

When you see me at Seattle Mini Maker Faire, ask me about;

  • Prototyping

  • Fabrication How to build anything

Passion Project: Founder of West Seattle Tool Library Since June of 2010, The West Seattle Tool Library has provided donation-based access to over a 3,000 tools to any resident in our community. Over 4,000 residents have taken the Tool Library up on that offer and formed a great community of DIYers, makers, and students. We invite you to join the community as well.

The West Seattle Tool Library is a community-led project to provide pay-what-you-can community access to a wide range of tools, training, and relevant advice.

By providing this service, the West Seattle Tool Library aims to inspire its community to participate in community projects such as park restorations and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, and water harvesting.