Making things is one of the fundamental aspirations. Some people aspire to travel, read or play music – some dedicate their lives to making money – still others find their calling in dedicated service to a particular cause. One of the great joys of my life is living through a time when seemingly more and more people have found that making objects with their hands is a way to fulfill at least some of the need to find meaning in daily life. The range of skills and talents I encounter is more and more amazing all the time. Being in Portland has only enhanced the experience. And working in a building full of creative makers had proven to be a real treat.