Mike Jeffcoat lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and three kids. He is a former Marine and an Iraq War Veteran. Mike is a member of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. He enjoys woodworking, woodturning, microelectronics, and many other methods of Making. As the founder of We Make Makers, Mike is working towards his life long dream of teaching the youth of today how to make things with their hands, a skill that is rapidly decreasing amongst the nations youth. For more information on the We Make Makers initativbe, and how you can help make this dream a reality, click on the We Make Maker's link at the top of this page.
Charles has been a substantial voice in the Maker Movement since its inception sometime around 2007, and has worked as a team member on various open source projects and initiatives including the RepRap project, and helping to define what open source hardware truly means. While most of his work is in the DIY Microelectronics field, Charles also enjoys time in his woodworking shop, and teaching young makers about DIY electronics and programming. In 2009 he founded TheMakersWorkbench.com as a place to showcase his projects, and to help give his voice a permanent platform from which to be heard. After more than a decade of writing content about DIY Gaming PC’s and Consumer Electronics, Charles called it quits in 2014 and began writing full time for Element14.com as their lead IoT Blogger, which affords him the time to build and grow his mildly popular YouTube channel, The Makers Workbench.
Darryl Jones is passionate about making things, and is an experienced woodworker who dabbles in multiple maker mediums. His favorite projects are the ones that he has not done yet, and he loves to challenge himself. He has built a considerable amount of furniture, cabinets, and boxes over the years, and has recently found himself spending a good deal of time at the lathe. Most importantly, he likes sharing the craft of making almost as much as he likes participating in it. Darryl takes every opportunity to encourage others to cast aside their trepidations and get out and make something. Hence his tagline, “Dread knot and make something."