We Make

As makers, we want to connect with the people who support our best work. So, we’re building an online community space for sharing and discovering handcraft.

Following the way of craft, the We Make experience will be managed by people, not algorithms, and is designed around beautiful objects, meaningful interactions and getting work into people’s hands. You can read more about our vision and values.

Maker Map is the beginning

Maker Map is a partial release of the full We Make platform, which we’re currently building. We’re excited to share development updates over the coming weeks.

As we define the direction of the project we’re relying on input from the maker community. To share your perspective, help us answer What could a craft-focused, maker-led social platform look like? You can also request early access as a maker or an appreciator and we’ll reach out to you.

Who we are

My name is Ephrem. I’m a novice metalsmith and longtime designer and web developer. With several advisors in business, technology and craft, we’re partnering with makers to build a space for the handcraft community.

A little history. I’ve been making with my hands for many years, going back to architecture school in the ’90s and starting a leathercraft business in the mid-2000s. Focusing on metals now, I initially had the idea of a site and app for the metalworking community but realized that makers in all crafts needed a place to share their work with one another and a larger audience. Also, my wife and friends are potters, sewers, woodworkers, knitters and more and I wanted one place for all of us.

I’m grateful to announce that Gian Chicco of The Craftsman Newsletter has joined us as an advisor. Gian’s experience as a community-builder, craft thinker, arts ambassador and marketer is very valuable as we discern how to honor craft in a digital environment.

You can participate now

If you’re interested in being more involved, or if you have questions or comments, we’d like to hear. Right now, the best way to reach us is our contact form. And, the best way to stay up-to-date is to register, which also gives you the opportunity to respond to the surveys we send out.

Additionally, since we’re just starting, we’re interested in trading ad space with other maker-oriented channels. So, if you have a craft-focused site or media channel and you’re willing to mention We Make, let us know. Alternately, feel free to suggest other sites or channels you think we should reach out to.

We look forward to growing this together.