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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Workman (13 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761171479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761171478
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a child I was very found of drawing crazy machines (inspired, in part by TV shows like 'Whacky Races' and "Roadrunner") - I even won a national competition (aged 7) for my quirky interpretation of a Kraft cheese factory! Later, as I learnt to wield a hammer (without loosing an eye) I tried to make some of these machines. I remember spending a lot of time building rat traps, concealed motorised safes (I got that idea from a James Bond movie) and even bubble machines.

After school I attended Art College and then pursued a career within the creative industry. While working I continued to make things - mainly for my home, but it was only as my eldest son began to draw that my own interest in making things was reignited.

To be precise, it would be fair to say it all began in Starbucks.

My boys had finished their hot chocolates and were getting restless. I was trying to enjoy the rest of my Latte. In desperation I grabbed a handful of wooden stirring sticks and started weaving them in and out of each other. Within a few minutes I had constructed a simple house that could lean up against my cup. The kids were impressed, and slightly amused, and spent the next ten minutes trying make their own one. I enjoyed the rest of my Latte in peace and quiet.
That was the beginning of whatimade.com.

In that moment I realized something that I had known as a child, but had forgotten since becoming an became an adult; that there is an enormous amount of joy gained from making things, even simple things, and that this joy is not in the quality of the finished product, but in the process of making itself.

One year, and two Webby Awards later, it was clear that what delighted me also delighted other people. It appeared that there was a need for a craft blog that delighted in the whole process of making, not just the end result. Today that same approach to making can be found in "Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff", I hope it will inspire people to unleash their inner-child!

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Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford is so good it hurts cause you know that if your own dad had had this book in his hands, your childhood would have totally rocked. Chock-full doesn t even come close to describing the teeming nature of this tome. The fun photos, cool diagrams, clear instructions and handy cut-out templates run the gamut from wacky home decorations and gadgets (like setting up a Bunk Bed Communicator) to subversively educational science projects (like getting sucked into a Gravity-Defying Black Hole) to zany party ideas (like making Radioactive Sports Drinks). BookPage Hey, dad, want to ratchet up your coolness quotient? Pick up a copy of Scott Bedford s new book. Chicago Tribune I made the mistake of leaving this book on the coffee table recently where my nearly 5-year-old scooped it up, spent 30 minutes paging through it and then cornered me in the kitchen with a list of projects from it he wanted to make. . . .Moms, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friendly neighbors would all make good ring leaders for these projects. . . .My son was enchanted. ApartmentTherapy.com A treasury of 67 clever, exciting and imaginative projects. ... Getting kids to make and create instead of simply consume and use is a challenge for parents. ... Made by Dad provides a good place to begin. Wall Street Journal Remember all the crazy things you made as a kid, like ramps for toy cars or contraptions for pulling pranks? In his first book, illustrator Bedford, who also blogs at What I Made, gets in touch with his inner child. With a host of silly projects, this title is directed at parents looking for interactive activities for their children. . . . What s not to love? This engaging compilation is clever and entertaining. A fantastic book. Library Journal"

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Busy mum on 12 Jun. 2013
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I bought this as a Fathers day gift for my children to give their dad. My husband loves doing things with the children, but needs inspiration. This is perfect. Scott clearly has a fun sense of humour which comes out both in the projects ("sneaky cake thief") and the illustrations. Some are ingeniously simple ("zen napkins") and some require a little bit more effort and materials ("customisable "Keep out!" sign"), but I know my children would love to make them all! There are 67 projects, grouped into clever categories (eg "Dangerous Decor", "Home Hacks") and it has a list of tools or materials needed, very clear step-by-step instructions, illustrations and photographs of how to make the project. The idea's will appeal to dads, whether they have boys or girls, and there will be something to entertain children from toddler age upwards. There are even templates at the back for those artistically challenged. But the best thing about this book is that it offers simple ideas and gets you thinking in a creative way about doing something fun with everyday objects around you.

Even in a house where glue and felt-tip pens are strictly out of bounds, this book will be loved just as something to read and chuckle to. I know I won't be able to pull my son (age 11) away from it once he's opened it. Brilliant!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 3 Jan. 2014
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this was a present for my son ,who has a son of 4 ,and it was a book he tried to get, booksellers in devon had not heard of it ,its a great book, just what a young dad should have, thanks mr franklin .
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There are a lot of books on Upcycling - many of which fail to deliver. This is the best one I have found. This dad, who wrote the book, should be seen as an inspiration, and will hopefully help more dads have a positive role in bringing up their children.
I am going to use the book at a youth Upcycling project, one, to give young people ideas, two, to give a positive image of good dads.
This book is crammed full of cheap and easy things to do, using junk! Get a second hand copy and encourage book re-use!
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We're working our way through the book. Our son has a tower building comp at school next week so we're using the plan in this book. I also work with children and will be using some of the ideas inside.

I love this book, the clear instructions and the templates.

Scott Bedfords' book is a must have for any Dad.
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By J. Brand VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2015
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This is a brilliant and inspirational book. If you have children buy it, read it and, most importantly, do it.

The ideas are mostly quite simple but regardless of how simple they are it is the act of making rather than buying that matters and making it with your kids that turns this into something special.
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This book has a ton of cool projects you can make with your kids , ideal for wet weather activities and many of them are actually useful as well s entertaining. Most of the things are boyish, but not all, I have four boys, so perfect for us.
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By Amazon Customer on 8 Nov. 2014
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A lot bigger and more than expected pleasant surprise can't wait for cChristmas now
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