Adam Savage from MythBusters has always been someone I admired. When watching the show I quickly recognised him as being a wonderfully enthusiastic semi-kindred spirit. I found the above video on TED.com and was again struck by his enthusiasm and drive. He is dedicated to his personal interest in film memorabilia and teaches himself to match the skill of the original prop makers.
Prop makers are responsible for making specialised objects for film and television. They may be hired to replicate something precious or historical, create a version of something that is lighter and more durable than the original object, or something that simply only exists for that film, play or television series.
You can find more information on the role of the prop maker at the below website. http://www.creative-choices.co.uk/develop-your-career/template/props-maker