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Maker interview with Khiem Nguyen
Having recognized the passion, drive, and pure enjoyment of making things that each Making It contestant illustrates, Makerviews is excited to have the chance to highlight, feature, and share insights from each contestant. This Making It series gives a deeper look into these makers’ lives. The format: Makerviews asks these talented individuals two questions. That’s it, two questions. Learn more about this series.
Khiem Nguyen is a woodworker and designer and with his fiancé Amanda, runs A&K Woodworking and Design hand-making furniture and other handmade goods from Austin, TX. Khiem’s background is in woodworking and photography, now creating midcentury modern-inspired pieces of art.
Check out this interview with Khiem Nguyen, maker from NBC’s Making It.
Making It Interview...
with Khiem Nguyen
What inspires you to keep making things?
"My curiosity to learn new things. I think one of the biggest things that attracted me to woodworking is the joinery. I love looking at an object and trying to figure out how each piece was cut and assembled and in what order."
What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?
"...don't be afraid of failure! Take risks and enjoy trying new things. If something doesn't work the first time, try it again! Problem solving is definitely a key element in making so the more problems you can work out the better you become at it!"
"Take risks and enjoy trying new things." — Khiem Nguyen
Be sure to check out Khiem and Amanda’s A&K Woodworking and Design website and Instagram.
Thank you all for reading this interview - get out there and make things!
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More about NBC's Making It:
Presented, produced, and hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman with judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Simon Doonan, and featuring other guests. Season 1 was set in a serene cabin near Malibu, Season 2 premiered during 2019's Holiday Season, and Season 3 started airing on NBC on June 24, 2021.
"In this six-episode competition, eight of the most talented makers from across the country will take on a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman, and judges. Poehler and Offerman both share a love and passion of craftsmanship, albeit from different perspectives. Poehler is a self-proclaimed crafting novice who has long harbored a secret appreciation for those who can imagine and execute incredible things by hand. Offerman is a New York Times best-selling author in the woodworking space and is well known for his love for making a variety of objects himself.
Every show will revolve around a central theme that draws inspiration from hugely popular, nationwide trends in crafting and DIY, which the whole family can enjoy.
Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects that allow the makers to demonstrate their specialized talent, while sharing skilled insights and touching personal stories. First, the "faster-craft" round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the makers will move to the "master craft collection," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week.
Blending the atmosphere of a serene outdoor setting and innovative cinematography designed to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship at work, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of the crafting community and through it all, Amy and Nick will provide heartfelt encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs."— sourced from NBC's Making It
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