Meet Mark Tauzin. By day, he is a Library Associate at Lafayette Public Library. In his free time, he is an avid Maker and gamer who uses technology to create realistic models and miniatures for war gaming.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started making things.
I’m a total nerd who loves war gaming. I use 3D printers and laser cutters to create things and fuel my hobby.

What does the term “Maker” mean to you?
I think most makers create things more commercially, but if I can think of myself as one, then in that context it refers to anyone who creates things.

Who or what inspires you?
Fun. Fun and games inspire me.

Is making your hobby or your business? How does it relate, if at all, to your day job?
It’s a hobby, but I’m lucky enough to have a job that involves making on a part-time basis as well.

Why is making important to you?
It’s a nice outlet for creativity.

What have you made that you are most proud of?
Probably the mech model I made recently.

What would you make if you had unlimited resources?
A tremendous wargaming table the likes of which has never been seen.

What up-and-coming maker trends excite you the most?
Resin 3D printers, in particular their rapidly decreasing price.

What advice can you give someone who wants to get involved in the Maker movement?
Find a way to make it fun, then get over to the library’s Makerspace.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I’m a cheap paint connoisseur; I like Apple Barrel.