Jonny has been designing and making things all of his life.
Starting in his backyard at home in Somerset as a kid, and through college in the late 90’s where he was designing Halogen bike lights for mountain-biking the dark winter nights. At uni he studied manufacturing engineering, and design a passively cooled silent computer, then moving to Cornwall he started a company called “Driftwood Skateboards” where he made some of the best composite slalom longboards available, the company was a bit of a flop, and funded mainly by his post round… but he learned a lot.
Since then he’s been helping with micro-hydro installations in Wales and developing a digital Braille display (launched in 2019) for Bristol Braille Technology, a laptop-sized electromechanical display with around 1,000 moving parts.
Over the 2020 pandemic lockdown, he started to explore a project that had been on the back burner for a while… fire!! With time on his hands he played about with ways to make burning a sticks and wood a more reliable way of cooking food while out on hikes and walks. Playing about with clockwork mechanisms and micro steam engines wasn’t too successful, but eventually came up with a design that kicked the competition out of the water! Enjoy.