Tinkering Monkey first started as a blog to share our love of making things. We turned it into an online shop when people started to request the items that they saw us make. From the start, we promised ourselves one thing - to work with our hands and make things in small batches.
Everything you see in our shop was designed and carefully built by us‚ right in the garage of our tiny, century-old house our historic work/live loft in sunny Oakland, CA. Love hand-crafted goods built to last? We’ve got lots to share.
Mike is a DIY enthusiast that believes that if something can be built, modified, or invented, then it should be. Mike grew up in Georgia shootin' guns and cow tipping, but now lives a much safer life as an industrial designer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
While Mike tinkers in the shop, Paula tinkers on the web - running the monkey business and staying in touch with like-minded people in the design and DIY community. On the rare occasion she's not geeking out in front of the computer, she can be found either baking, disco dancing, or talking to the rabbit.