No. 4 The Woodworker & No. 3 The Model Engineer

Published on July 9, 2013

Norman Billingham’s workshop has been pulled up around him over a lifetime. Chippings, clippings and filings fill a garage used to transform lumps of wood into beautiful pens and functional furniture. Although a scientist by training, Norman is the first to admit he’s always been a maker of things.

In the flickering light of a cinema Mike Chrisp watched a gentle Ealing comedy that would change his life. Now the linchpin of a world-renowned group of hobbyists and tinkerers, he builds models of the machines that inspired him all those years ago.

About The Makers of things

Who we are is intrinsically connected to what we do and the things we build. So what does a lifetime of making things look like?

The Makers of Things – a short film collection by Anne Hollowday – documents the work and workshops of the Society for Model and Experimental Engineers, a sprawling organisation with members all over the world. Their common tools and methods mask a huge array of interests and skills, from experimental tinkerers to woodworkers and librarians, all brought together under the roof of their South London headquarters.

The Makers of Things

Film by Anne Hollowday

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