photos by Marci Bretts

Inspiring Makers

x_minmaker2This summer the North County Mini Maker Faire brought artists, crafters, engineers, scientists, and makers of all kinds together to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum for a family-friendly showcase of invention and resourcefulness. According to San Diego Makers Guild Media Contact Becky LeBret, the theme for the event, “Where new makers and old makers join forces,” was the perfect phrase to capture the wide variety of exhibits and hands-on projects, all meant to inspire and reignite energy and imagination.

x_minmaker4Some exhibitors included John Sawyer from Cigar Box Guitars, who creates DIY cigar box guitar kits. He demonstrated some of the ways he decorates his guitars by using the scientific Lichtenberg principle to create beautiful patterns. Jeff Sparksworthy of the San Diego Argonauts discussed making World War II battle ship replicas, the Handloom Weavers Guild demonstrated how to use antique looms to create textiles, and the California Blacksmith Guild showed off some of the techniques taught in their blacksmithing classes. Other exhibits included the Electric Giraffe Project, the Star Wars Hour of Robotics, Amateur Radio Fun, the Art Science Imaginarium Pop-up, and more. If you missed this event, be sure to check out the Maker Faire on Oct. 7 and 8 at Balboa Park. Visit for more information.