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doctor demo
07-13-2010, 01:07 AM
I just received a subscription offer for a mag. that I've never heard of.


That is the name of the magazine.

Part of the sales pitch are quotes by The San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and Adam Savage of Myth Busters.

Have any of You heard of it?


07-13-2010, 01:23 AM
Just got a subscription notice for this today but didn't really look through it. Do you think this is related to the Maker Fair people that meet yearly in San Francisco?

07-13-2010, 01:25 AM





07-13-2010, 12:30 PM
I just received a subscription offer for a mag. that I've never heard of.


I have all the issues. I can't be the only one here with all the issues.

Compared to HSM and friends, it covers a dramatically wider range of topics, about half purely artistic projects, the projects are generally either a glossy biography of a lifes work, or are single session / couple hours detailed instructions of one little project. Probably about as much electronics as HSM and friends. One pretty obvious difference is their idea of high end metalworking is "drill a hole in this sheetmetal, then bend to 90 degrees with a hammer", or maybe tightening a screw or something. Zero firearms or anything "scary" or politically incorrect.

I don't believe I've ever done a project out of the magazine exactly as described, yet each magazine has something "inspirational" enough that I spend a couple hours working on something like it, or researching, or at least thinking hard.

It's kind of a filter publication, in that if you can't find anything at all interesting in an issue you probably are very boring (or very argumentative) and need to go back to watching daytime TV. You either pass or fail the Make test filter. On the other hand about half the magazine is quite uninteresting, probably a different half of the magazine for every reader on the planet. If you can tolerate the entire magazine, you're probably fairly well rounded.

Its kind of a rabble-rouser magazine in that, in my opinion, the editors are happy if the readers get fired up enough, so you're not going to agree with everything as written, but it'll certainly give you something to think about. Also I think they aim to be a bit of a mind expander, trying to give something for both the art-school-types and the detailed craftsmen to think about.

If you subscribe thinking you'll get "steam engine of the month" plus a noob article or two plus a gunsmith article every month you'll be disappointed, in that they aim more for "something interesting every month". There is no fixed form to the magazine other than about 50/50 artsy topics vs craftsman topics, about 33/33/33 news and biography articles / detailed project articles / discussion and inspirational articles. You can never predict what they'll cover.

Expensive. Then again each issue is as thick as a softcover book.

The advertisements are pretty interesting/educational. You can almost look at it as "buying a catalog". One of the very few situations in which the ads are targeted closely enough to my tastes that I enjoy them rather than skip over them.

Quality level is consistent. Any ole random issue will most likely give you a fair impression of the magazine. Pick up one issue at the nearest bookstore, see if you like it. Or maybe not.

07-13-2010, 12:55 PM
Not a bad magazine. However, after subscribing for a couple of years found it to be too juvenile. Good for folks who have never done much before though. It has given me several good ideas but that was about it. Like Vince said, it does have a wide variety of subjects.

You might want to pick one up at a local newsstand before considering a subscription.

Bob D.
07-13-2010, 03:05 PM
Check the website for an sample of MAKE's content.


My boss gave me a subscription as a retirement gift. I enjoyed it well enough, but not enough to renew it - I felt it was too expensive. I check the website most days just to see what's new. I find it fairly interesting but so far I've only found one project worth building. YMMV

doctor demo
07-13-2010, 07:59 PM
Thanks for the replies.
Well the offer is for a Year's subscription (6 issues) plus 2 bonus issues, and a ''one time savings voucher'' for the grand sum of (enter drum roll here) $29.95
So I guess I'll give it a shot. I spent more than that on Model Engineers, and I have to say I am a little disappointed so far with it.


John Stevenson
07-13-2010, 08:03 PM
If you are not into trains Muddle Engineer is a waste of time.


07-13-2010, 08:40 PM
Had a sub for a the first 3 years, let it lapse as one to many kite/photo/potato cannon type articles. Had some really great articles in it. But not enough for the price to renew, since they were not publishing articles of interest to me. And being retired had a choice to make and "Make" lost.

I understand that a make faire is coming to The Henry museum @ Dearborn end of the month. Not at Ann Arbor as the email I received stated, Thay are adverting it on the local TV station in the Detroit area.
After a year you will know if it's worth the money for you to reup! :D

doctor demo
07-13-2010, 09:23 PM
If you are not into trains Muddle Engineer is a waste of time.

I like trains, I like models (long legged ones) and I tolerate most engineers:D

The engineer said before he died there were two more drinks he'd like to try.
The conductor asked what could they be ?
Engineer said, a hot cup of coffee and a cold glass of tea.