1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m John Pojman. I teach polymer chemistry at LSU and I’m also the founder and CEO of Pojman Polymer Products. You could say I’m the 3PCEO.
I will be demonstrating and selling Quick Cure Clay, which is the only cure-on-demand sculpting material. It has unlimited working time and shelf life but when you heat part of it, the reaction will propagate and harden all of it in seconds. And 3P Quick Cure Wood Filler, which is the only cure-on-demand wood filler.
3. Why is making important to you?
I like making things. I’ve always enjoyed it ever since I was a kid. It’s very satisfying to create something that never existed before.
4. What is the first thing you remember making?
I remember making a little cart with u-nails like the ones for putting on cables, on a piece of wood then I’d put them on little carts and I’d drag them around the house. They were my own little creation. My older brother – who was much better at the engineering– really perfected them. We used to make them all the time and drag them around the house – wheelless carts.
5. What have you made that you are most proud of?
My son. He assists me in a lot of these ventures. And next, inventing this Quick Cure Clay. Not only because it’s something very different from what I normally do as a professor, teaching and research, but it’s allowed me to meet a lot of really interesting and fun people: artists, makers. I’ve really enjoyed that.
6. Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
I would like to make an automatic tracking system for the three-toed amphiuma that would automatically track exactly where they are within feet in a pond that I study. One of my other hobbies is studying the three-toed amphiuma, which is the second-largest salamander species in the world and native to Louisiana. Right now I have ones with radio transmitters in them, and I have to go out and track them. I’d like to have a whole grid system that would do real time location with the system. I know how to do it in principle, but it’d be really expensive.
7. Final thoughts
I’m really excited that these Maker Faires exist because it’s bringing what I think a lot of us did as kids, which is building our own things, and making it accessible to a lot more people. I think it’s really important for kids today to do things with their hands and not just be playing in a virtual world.