Do Make

  • We are all makers. From brewing our morning coffee to folding a paper aeroplane, we find it satisfying to create something that didn’t exist before. And it isn’t just about the outcome. Making requires us to slow down and become absorbed in the process: an antidote to our fast-paced world.

    - Preparation: what to make, where and how to get started
    - Process: learn to trust it and let go of perfection
    - Power: develop confidence in your natural skills and ability
    - Isn’t it time to make your mark on the world?
    - 120 page paperback
    - See 'About' tab for author info
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    Incredible photography, plenty of encouragement and a guide on 'how-to make your own handplane' for bodysurfing, Do Make reminds us that nothing quite beats the feeling of having made something with our own hands.

  • About the Author - James is the founder of Otter Surfboards, where he designs and makes award-winning wooden surfboards that have been featured on television through Countryfile (BBC), Escape to the Country (BBC), Made in Britain (ITV) and How It’s Made (Discovery Channel), and in The Guardian, The Telegraph and GQ.

    As well as making wooden surfboards, he has led workshop courses for the past eight years, sharing his passion for making with others. James has taken to the stage to inspire others to follow their hearts, reconnect to their hands and deepen their connection to the natural world at events such as Tedx Brighton and the Global Wave Conference.

    He lives with his young family in Cornwall on a rugged stretch of coastline where the Atlantic meets the southern tip of the UK.

    The Do Book Company is an independent publishing house based in Shoreditch, London, producing inspirational guidebooks. 

    Each book is fairly short, about 100 pages, as it focuses on the ‘doing’ rather than the background theory. Concise, practical, visually striking guides that make it easier to Do stuff.

    Each book is written by speakers from the Do Lectures, an annual event held in West Wales and California, whose ideas have inspired others to go and Do. Their aim is to recreate that same positive change in book form – whether that’s the mastery of a new skill or craft, a simple mind-shift, or a shot of inspiration to help you get started. 

    They hope you like their books and find them useful - keep reading and doing!

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