Some owners of homes built around golf courses are getting their hands dirty in order save their property values from tanking with closing, deteriorating greens.

What are some successful commercial products that have their origins in the Maker/DIY/Instructables community?

Skateboards! While it may not be a typical maker community product, it’s history is definitely dotted with random people creating boards for fun in their garage.

What started as sidewalk surfing for the days when surfers couldn’t go ride waves in the water stayed a mostly non-professionally produced hobby for nearly two decades. Between 1963 and 1965 it grew very quickly, with $10 million worth of board sales during that period mentioned on Wikipedia. But that was just a fad and quickly died down again.


For the following two decades, skating stayed more or less small. While there was a pro circus for some of those 20 years, it was nowhere near its later size.

Even though there were people earning a livelyhood by producing skateboards, it only really became a successful commercial product – an industry, really –
by the mid- to end-80s. Then skateboarding became a lot bigger again, especially signified by the rise of Powell Peralta’s Bones Brigade. Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, and other household names grew up during those years and became international stars.

On a more philosophical level, similarly to how the MIT MediaLab is supposed to invent the future, the maker community possible sits in a similar space. Once technologies are so mainstream that they’re commercially viable, they’re possibly not part of the maker culture anymore. Are personal computers themselves still a product of the maker culture (Homebrew Computer Club, etc.) or just a mainstream technology?