Midcoast lens: Midcoast Mini Maker Faire

By Susan Mustapich | Sep 11, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Taylor Frace, front right, hung out at the Main Hacker Club's table, asking questions about their programmable handmade etching lazer. She watches as it etches a piece of wood, with the words she suggested, "woods of wisdom."

CAMDEN — The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire outdoor tent in the Camden Public Library amphitheater buzzed with activity and conversation Sept. 8.

Teenagers, children and adults took a turn at making things, including Plasticine mushrooms to decorate a fairy house, an alpha-coded mosaic containing a mystery image, and objects etched with a programmable laser.

Presenters displayed amazing handmade objects and talked about how they made them, including musical instruments and welded sculptures with clever names.

A highlight was the library's first "Trashion" show, complete with a chalk-drawn runway on Atlantic Avenue, music and models wearing clothing made from recyclables.

The Faire, hosted and produced by staff and volunteers of the Camden Public Library, provides free exhibit space to makers of all ages, be they innovators and tinkerers, artists, do-it-yourselfers, or craftspeople. It is the sixth annual Mini Makers Faire held at the library, according to Youth Services Manager Amy Hand.

The magic under the tent went on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where visitors of all ages engaged in creating something, figuring out how others made what they brought to the Faire, and talked about things they like to make, and might want to make in the future.

dual h. Bridge and members of the Maine Hacker Club presented their handmade programmable etching lazer. The red beams are low wattage lasers for lining up materials. The etching laser is an invisible 40 watt CO2 laser only operated when the protective cover is down. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Eric Lovejoy displayed the product that came about during a long conversation with Taylor Frace, about programming a lazer to etch out the words Frace suggested. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A "Trashion" show with a recycling theme was featured during the Midcoast Mini Maker Fare at the Camden Public Library, (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Callie Black makes a fashion statement with her stylish returnables headgear at the Midcoast Mini Maker Fare "Trashion" show. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Wayne Twitchell of Hope, a career welder with Bath Iron Works and welding instructor at local schools, makes whimsical creatures, including red herring, big bird and Springer spaniel. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Kristen Smith shares a smile with Charles Lind as she picks up a decorative mushroom made from Plasticine table clay by her daughter Hannah. Lind, who brought a project for others to make, was inspired by watching his nieces decorate his mother's garden with fairy houses. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
"Miss Amy" Hand, CPL youth services manager, has as much fun as the multi-age group who puzzle out an alpha and color-coded mosaic, which gradually reveals a hidden image. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Chris Pinchbeck, with his son Cameron, displayed and demonstrated his Scottish small pipes. He calls the instrument "a quieter cousin" to the large Highland pipes, and is for playing Scottish tunes solo, or with fiddles and tin whistles. Pinchbeck is a self-taught pipe maker, who after 18 years of trial and error, produces pipes he is proud to offer to music makers. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Loraine Murray, youth services librarian, left, and Abby Harrison, right, collected names of girls interested in more information on the group of seventh-to-12th grade girls who meet at the Camden Public Library, to learn about and share their interests in computer coding. There is room for more students in a new class beginning Oct. 4. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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