I get a kick out of my younger brother; I think because our brains work in such similar ways. We are both makers. He is more of an inventor. I am more interested in the decorative arts.
Looking at his blog tonight I saw this alteration he made to some exercise machine at his house. He used pvc pipe to make this iPad holder.
I was amused seeing that because of what I did to my own machine. It is a desk on my treadmill made out of a board and exercise bands. (Hehehehe...at least those exercise bands get used for something!) We got the same outcome; multitask with media as you work out.
Here are some other fun things he has come up with.
A hands free iPod movie viewer he created just for his own use.
A hand carved wand for his daughter, a la the one from Harry Potter. It even has a strand of his wife's hair inside, as the Harry Potter one has a strand of mother's hair inside as well.
A giant Monopoly set that he created and assembled from disparate places. (He's selling that one on eBay, by the way.)
A hammered dulcimer.
A viking hat for a baby. LOL.
I don't know where we both got that desire to make things. Our parents were business people; not really makers. But the two of us definitely are always working on something.