Rich Maxwell has been fascinated with marbles since his boyhood days growing up in the rural town of Whiting, Kansas. Rich was also a tinkerer. Family would find him in the shed behind the house tearing apart abandon appliances and electric motors, as well as his tricycles and bicycles, inventing new things that almost worked. As a young father his four children called him, “The Cardboard Carpenter.” Together they made furniture and toys out of cardboard. One Halloween they made a life-size castle, complete with windows, doors and a drawbridge that really worked.
After his book Collecting Marbles: A Beginner Guide was published in 2012, Maxwell began a quest to introduce marbles to young people in the Greater Kansas City Area. Marbles On Monday became a gathering place, at the Johnson County Libraries and later at schools and festivals, where Maxwell tried out new marble games and activities he created. Make It! All About Marbles; 24 DIY Marbles Projects is a collection of those projects.
Many of the DIY projects have been posted on Rich's Face Book Page.
A seasoned presenter and workshop leader, Rich is available for speaking engagements and hands-on maker workshops.