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The Master Builder, Ptah, has been around longer than all the builders, construction workers, architects, and carpenters you can think of. In fact, according to ancient Egyptian myth, Ptah is the original Do-It-Yourself Guy. Get this: he built the universe using nothing but his heart and his tongue. Now that's impressive.

Basic Information




Great Architect, Master Builder, Creator, The Hammer



Current city


Work & Education


I build stuff.


I learned on the job. I like hands-on classes.


Political views


Family & Friends (& Enemies)


Parents? I built myself.


None, though I think of my fellow creators Ra and Amun as brothers.


To be honest, everything that exists is my child. But I have a very clever son named Nefertem and a stepson named Imhotep who used to be a mortal.


I'm kind of busy for friends. Creation never ends.


Apep (the demon of Uncreation)


Relationship status

Married to Sekhmet

Interested in



TV Shows

Anything on HGTV
Bob the Builder (Can we fix it? Yes we can.) 
This Old House (I like to watch this on my days off.) 


"The creative mind plays with the objects it loves."
– Carl Jung

"I do the very best I know how, and I mean to keep doing so until the end."
– Abraham Lincoln

"What is the use of a house, if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
– Henry David Thoreau

"A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."
– Kurt Vonnegut


Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J. D. Salinger 
(So glad my family isn't quite this crazy, though.)
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 
(There's always more to be created, once you reach the end….)
The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer 
(In case you thought only modern construction guys got accused of being flirty.)
The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams 
(Even the most ordinary tool is beautiful.)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
(I'm fairly certain MY world turned out better.)
Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry by Dieter Arnold 
(Pyramids, temples, and giant stone buildings! I love them all.)
Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide by Karl F. Kuhn 
(If you want to create a world, there are laws you have to obey. We call them physics.)
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin Storer 
(I really like his style. These homes and other structures get along with nature.)
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson 
(I love the night. The darker it is, the less distractions to my creative work.)
Freemasonry for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp 
(Ancient Egyptians called my chief priest "The Master Builder." The Masons use the same title for God and use some of my ancient symbols, even today.)


Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 by Pink Floyd 
(I probably made that brick.)
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding 
(Is there anything better than listening to this song on a summer night?)
Standing Still by Jewel 
(I've been standing still since creation started. Need all my energy.)
If I Had a Hammer by Peter, Paul, and Mary 
(I have a hammer and all the rest of the tools. And I know how to use them!)
No Hurry by Zac Brown Band 
(Never hurry. Things get done in their time.)
The Land of the Pharaohs by Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy 
(Traditional music is very creative, and this video makes me homesick. Check me out in the dark corner of the Abu Simbel shrine [far left] at 5:40!)
Genesis by VNV Nation 
(Let there be light.)
Part of Me by Katy Perry 
(Everything in creation is a part of me, even stupid boyfriends.)


Field of Dreams 
(Since I built it, they came.)
TRON: Legacy 
(Creation traps its creator. Is this a dream or a nightmare?)
The Towering Inferno 
(Part of why I don't let my wife Sekhmet near my creations is I'm afraid they'll end up like this.)
The Fifth Element 
(What does it take to make a world? Fire, air, earth, water, and love.)
(What is reality? Sometimes it's hard to tell.)
March of the Penguins 
(Some of my best creations ever, don't you think?)
Independence Day 
(Stop wrecking my planet!)
(Can lizards be cool? Of course they can.)

Activities & Interests


Home improvement
Simulation games (especially SimEarth and SimCity)
Power tools
Earthmoving equipment


Technology and artificial intelligence


The Home Depot  
The Creators Project  
Bald is Beautiful  

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