Giants Robots! Exploding Rockets! Satan! The Amazing Maker Faire

April 20th, 2006 by Larry Smith

DIYers, storytellers, craftspeople, artists, and others who dig the smart, weird, and sublime will be salivating over the offerings at Make magazine’s first ever Maker Faire, this weeekend (April 22-23), in San Mateo, CA. Just clicking through the list of panels, events, and speakers is enough to make a NYC-locked guy start clicking on Jet Blue for a flight west. Just bumbling around the site, I found the coolest photobooth project ever, torch-blowing firetruck, and FM radio station-making workshop.

Here’s a blurb from the Makers:

We are absolutely blown away by the people and attractions we’ll have at the Faire: a flying Pterosaur replica, a flock of whale blimps, a giant painting machine, DIY RFID implants, model rocketry, breadboarding, trailer-glass blowing, The Crucible’s welding workshops off the back of a fire truck, pinhole photography, soldering, spud gun building, bubble machines and a bubble guy that appeared on Johnny Carson in the 1970s, Bunnie Huang, Joe Grand, William Gurstelle and his Backyard Ballistics, The Exploratorium, Zeum, The Lunar Society (rocket builders), Graffiti Research Lab, Squid Labs, biodiesel, electric cars, a Linux supercomputer cluster running on veggie oil, neon art, circuit bending, VJs, slide rules, pinball restoration, the Phenomenauts, Satan’s Calliope…and much, much more. Quite an eclectic collection. That’s not to mention Diana Eng of Bravo’s “Project Runway” or the 50 craft booths in Bazaar Bizarre or the Swap-O-Rama-Rama clothing swap.

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