Shelter at The Maker Faire

The Maker Faire was just great. I’d never think that something so nerd-oriented would appeal to me, but  there was soul in addition to all the robots and tech wizardry. We had a booth in the “Homegrown Village” section and sold more books than we have at any event ever. The booth, designed by Lew Lewandowski and manned by Lew and my son Evan, was mobbed the entire 2 days, most of the interest being in our Tiny Homes book.


My talks on “The Half-Acre Homestead” went well; maybe 125 kindred spirits in the audience each day.

   There was a great variety of homemade objects of all sorts, robots walking or rolling around, steampunk creations, the food was really good, there was music of all types, there were tons of kids, skateboarders, bicycles, wheeled contraptions of every sort. An inventor’s paradise, a chance to show off whatever brilliant or wacky idea they’d dreamed up.

   I went to two presentations, one on making sauerkraut and another (with a packed audience) on butchering a lamb, both very informative and useful.

Here’s an example of the real spirit of the Maker Faire: a young guy made this boat from a single sheet of 1/4 inch plywood and was displaying it along with a small poster describing the construction process; he’d also made several paddles.

This food vendor was selling paella, which was cooked in these huge homemade vats. There were 4 to 5 of them.

4 Responses to Shelter at The Maker Faire

  1. Al Whittle says:

    A great place to be, wish there were more of these types of event over here in the UK.
    Reminds me of one of my favourite TED lectures
    (I probably came across this from an old post on here!)

  2. Gill says:

    Lloyd, I volunteer every year at the Detroit Maker Faire:

    If you ever make it to that one, I'll cook you dinner!


  3. You won't happen to be at the Village Builder's Conference in Portland this wekend or the next will ya? :]


  4. Lloyd Kahn says:

    No, will be in NYC. I'm doing same talk at Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington June 1st. The tools (+ URLs) are all listed at

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