John is an engineer by trade; this trade spreads throughout his entire life. He has been amassing a small factory full of tools for one purpose: To build the most amazing structure Burning Man has ever seen. Starting in January with the planning, leading all the way up until the night before he leaves Portland, OR for the desert, John spends almost all of his free time working on his huge steel project named Emerald City. As the measuring, cutting, welding, and drilling commence, John will face challenges, setbacks, and hurtles that threaten his journey. But he will ultimately make the trip to Black Rock City on his terms and present his monument to the world. Factory of One is not only the story of one man's hobby - it's also the story of his life.