My name is Dave, and I really like making things. I particularly enjoy making electro-mechanical machines and sculptures, also electronic projects.
In 2014 I moved out of my studio in an East London cemetery, and set up a fantastic new workshop with more space than ever before.
My background is always a little tricky to describe - a mixture of engineering, art, product design, special effects and a lot of one-off projects...
For many years I worked in lots of workshops - I've done plenty of machining, metalwork, welding, carpentry, electronics, robotics, fibreglass, pneumatics, programming, graphic design, CAD/CNC, stepper motors, servos, PCB design, lasers etc. Have a poke around this website for example projects.
If you have a project in mind, get in touch via the address below. We can then quickly tie down various parameters, including deadline, budget, materials and construction techniques.
The scale of the project isn't a problem - I regularly use a good team of helpful people who can make things, and also people who can film things.
Half of the total payment is paid up front, so that I can begin ordering materials, and so that I know that the client is committed to the project. Projects with a relatively small budget must be paid up front in total. I don't mind helping with pitches for prospective jobs, but ask that time spent on design work is paid for. Due to a high volume of job enquiries, commitment to a project can only be guaranteed after an initial payment is made - lets get started quickly!
I carry a good amount of parts and materials in stock, and so can usually get a prototype made with a very fast turnaround, but it does also help to get in touch as early in the project as possible. Approval one day earlier can allow for an extra day of leisurely testing and fine tuning at the other end of the project, or even more flashing lights!
I really enjoy what I do, and guarantee that your project will be delivered with an attention to detail and quality above expectations.
I have a good working relationship with a company that specialises in shipping large / valuable / delicate items abroad, and so international orders are very welcome. Plus remember due to the current exchange rate here in England ten US dollars can buy several castles, so grab yourself a bargain while the stupid people are winning referendums.
When I set up the website in 2004 I didn't want to limit the site to whatever was engaging my attention at the time. This meant avoiding anything descriptive like "knitted egg cosies dot com". I had a fictional record label that I used for minidisc concert recordings called Nervous Squirrel Recordings, the domain name wasn't taken, and so the name was recycled.
Nervous Squirrel Ltd. Company registered in England, no. 08379905