Well before the recession started bludgeoning job prospects and 401(k)s into oblivion, legions of crafty types were packing heat as a form of financial self-defense. Hot glue guns, that is, as well as knitting needles, bone folders, circular saws and various other potentially-injurious-but-highly-useful implements.

A timely answer to the fall in discretionary income, the revival of Do-It-Yourself Culture in the U.S. has also generated a new respect for individuals with the creativity and tenacity to take an idea,bring it to life and share it with the masses. Whether the results be rent money, a Nobel Prize or a new universe, we hope that the stories below will inspire you to get out there and DIY. Just Do It Here…

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