Make It Yourself!
The beauty of the Maker Faire is to show us that we CAN make it. Want a diesel motorcycle? You can do it. Want to convert your vehicle to electric? Or steam? Go for it, these guys did! Too many to link to, but the first electric motorcycle I ever fell in love with was at Maker Faire, Lightning Motorsport’s Yamaha R1 conversion back in 2007. Want a suitcase you can cruise through the airport on? If my 10 year old nephew can make one, I’m sure you can too.
And that is why I’m really glad they’re finally expanding, encouraging people to begin faires all over. For the Maker Faire to expand is to revive that pioneer spirit so many Americans have lost. If innovation is all we have to set us apart from the rest of the world, then this is the best way to nurture and celebrate it, lest it be lost. Even the major sponsor, GE, found something fun and unusual to do with solar panels. They had a solar-powered carousel. It could’ve been a bit more Steampunk, though.
These solar panels were off to the side of the carousel:
The True Steampunk Convention
One Maker Faire trend I’ve seen grow dramatically has been Steampunk. There is now a Steampunk marketplace, where one can buy old-timey clothing. Yes, they go very well together (Steampunk is really all about making cool stuff), but as someone who was Goth back when it was shocking, I find it odd to see people dressed up Goth-esque who clearly don’t dress that way every day. Still, it lends a more entertaining carnival atmosphere to the place. And yes, there did happen to be a Steampunk convention the same weekend. In New Jersey. And yes, I’m a jaded old Goth. I was surprised I didn’t see any airships. They really are the most Steampunk way to fly…
Here’s their schedule (click to go to MakerFaire.com) Which one will you attend? What will you make?