It was maker paradise in downtown Decatur! Hundreds of booths showed maker projects from across the nation. The weather was great and there were an estimated 30,000 people in attendance. We heard lots of comments like
“I thought we would take our kids and they would get bored after an hour. Instead they didn’t want to leave and we came back the next day!”
People told us how fantastic it was to have an event that was enjoyable for them as well as their families.
Of course, Decatur Makers rose to the challenge of having the largest Maker Faire in the southeast right in our own backyard. We worked long and hard to complete our projects and we’re proud of the results.
We made a Rubens tube from some old fence post, put it inside a 55 gallon drum, and created the Oscilloscope of Fire. The drum was something we found in our space and our resourceful makers cleaned it up, painted it with BBQ grill paint, and laser cut a stencil of our logo which we used to make it awesomely branded. Thanks to everyone who helped make this tube including Preston Ladds, Bill Sandidge,Lloyd Engebretsen, Mike S., Michael Fletcher, and many others.
Another maker shared their tube (thanks Kevin Howard!) and, after a little fireproof chimney caulk, we had a cool fire-themed playlist pushing sound through two tubes at the Faire! The fire dancing to the music was doubly hypnotic. Here is some video of Kevin’s tube playing in front of ours.
MINECRAFT and SOMA CUBES
But wait, there’s more! We reprised our Minecraft sculpture of the City of Decatur logo which, like many things on that Saturday morning, had a bit of trouble with the wind. We also made two full sets of oversized SOMA cubes which were very popular with all ages. In fact, our friends across the road who ran the cool Art Bike Rodeo took our cubes up to the Chattanooga Maker Faire the following weekend!
Another awesome Decatur Makers contribution to the Faire was the Human Foosball Table. This was a huge hit and would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Maureen Haley, Chris Goode, Charlie Mote, Tom Campbell and others. We also had excellent volunteer referees like Jordan Baxter!
Not satisfied, we also invited our friends at Highland Woodworking to join the fun. They hooked us up with the incredible Mark Sillay who spent the entire weekend turning scrap wood into awesome ornaments and tops.
POWER RACING SERIES
A new addition to Maker Faire this year was the Power Racing Series. Decatur Makers proudly sponsored two cars (Big Red and Deere in the Headlights) built by our own makers. Our teams burned up the track (literally in some cases) and one of them won the “Moxie” competition!
With perfect weather adding to the festive aura, we had dozens of people at a time stopping by our booths. Questions ranged from our memberships and when we would be open to the publics. Lots of other great stories and pictures of the Faire are all over the Interwebs. See some great coverage from The Dekalb Champion. More photos on Instagram, too.
And now, as we’ve placed our projects in storage and worked to catch up on sleep after all the excitement, there’s already talk about what we’ll do for next year’s Maker Faire!