About the Channel

Welcome to Zemba Craftworks

Welcome! Zemba Craftworks is my hobbyist blog/channel/identity for crafty project videos, tutorials, and generally sharing whatever hobby I’m currently working on. I love to design things, make things, learn things, and fix things. Eventually, I started making videos about it because that’s fun too, so now I have a YouTube channel I guess. Common subjects include 3D printing, woodworking, and electronics — occasionally, all at the same time.

I try to use a tutorial style that makes projects approachable — describing & showing things in a way that hopefully makes you feel like you can tackle the same project, or at least entertains you for a few minutes. Above all else, I believe quality is important and I endeavor to make the kind of content I would want to watch.

If you’re not an expert craftsman, don’t worry – neither am I! If you are an expert craftsman, please feel free to share your knowledge and tell me what I’m doing wrong!

I upload much of my work under open source or creative commons licensing — 3D printable designs to Thingiverse and MyMiniFactory, photos to Unsplash, and lately even some sound effects to freesoundarchive. I hope you can use it. I believe creativity thrives in an open community and I try to stand by that.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy!

A Short History

I started the Zemba Craftworks channel in 2017 after kicking around the idea for a year or ten. It had been ages since I filmed and edited a video, and I missed it! Plus, I already spent most of my free time designing, building, and fixing things, so why not share?

Ultimately, the catalyst was a friend enlisting my help to build a mini-fridge kegerator. Despite taking care to avoid the refrigerant lines, I drilled into one anyway and ruined the fridge. I bought him a replacement and finished the project, but rather than let the junked fridge be a complete waste, I decided to turn it into Zemba Craftwork’s inaugural video — tearing down the entire fridge and mapping out the coolant lines for anyone endeavoring to make a kegerator (or anything other modifications) with the same model.

Kegerator Build with Fridge Teardown

I started 3D printing in 2016 and many of my projects have since involved 3D design, 3D printing, and printer modifications or other electronics. As a homebrewer, many of my projects are also related to homebrewing, like the kegerator above or the much simpler Trash Can Kegerator.

In fact, the Zemba Craftworks seal is derived from the seal I originally designed for homebrew labels.

Long story short, if there’s a way to create something, count me in. And that’s about it, I guess. I try to make videos as frequently as time permits!