Introducing 2014 Makers – Biomass Gasification, Running engines on wood

Northern Self Reliance is a small Maine company that builds biomass gasifier systems. These machines convert wood chips and pellets into syngas, a fuel gas capable of running engines in tractors, generators, and vehicles. We will be demonstrating one of our systems running a home generator.

This is the NSR Gas Station converting wood chips to fuel gas and powering a generator.

Introducing 2014 Makers – Foam Flyers and Quadcopters

John will be here building inexpensive model airplanes out of dollar store foam board and downloadable patterns. Motor and control systems will be demonstrated, and project source and information sheets will be provided.

flying quad

flying quad 2




Introducing 2014 Makers – Oven Bake Clay

Your imagination is the limit in this hands-on activity. Claire, one of our junior Makers, will show some of her projects made with oven bake clay as well as show participants how to make their own using special clay tools. If you’d like to keep your project, she will tell you what temperature and for how long to bake the creations in your own home.

Clay Food photo IMG_0749_zps3120343b.jpg

Welcome, 2014 Makers!

The Call for Makers is officially closed for the 2014 season. We’ll be announcing our Makers over the next few weeks. SO exciting! There will be lots of hands-on making, lots to watch, touch and listen to. It’s a feast for the senses! If you really really want to still try to participate as a maker, performer or vendor, and it’s between July 15 and September 6, please get in touch with us directly at or call the Camden Public Library at 207-236-3440.

CMCA's ArtLab "Mystery Bag" - Make a Robot. Photo by Maggi Blue

CMCA’s ArtLab “Mystery Bag” – Make a Robot. Photo by Maggi  Blue

What do YOU make?

Last year we hosted a great variety of people who Make! This year we’re asking – What do YOU make? Apply today and share with our community the awesome stuff you make.

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Call For Makers for 2014 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is now open!

Come join the fun! Tell us what you make! Fill out the application today! Are you a performer? Would you like to participate with an art installation? Do you have a project-in-the-making? Would you like to volunteer? We’d love to hear from you.

New to the Maker movement? Check out this video from the 2013 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire of what the event is like.

MMMF 2013 from Camden Public Library on Vimeo.

Call For Makers 2014 is in the works!

The gears are spinning and the Call for Makers for the 2014 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will soon be live!

Who can be a Maker?

One of the most surprising, stimulating and identifiable traits about a Maker Faire event is the diversity of topics one might encounter there. Makers come from the worlds of craft, engineering, robotics, arts, education, ecology, gaming and more. Below are just some of the categories and we’d love to see applicants from all walks of life, all ages and interests:

AIA Local Chapters
4H Groups
3D Printers
Art Cars
Amateur Aviation Groups
Art Museums
Bobbin Lace Makers Guild
Amateur Radio Groups
Book Making and Binding
Amateur Rocketry Groups
Burning Man
Boy Scouts
American Engineering Assoc.
Comic Groups
Card Making
Arduino Groups
Ceramics & Pottery
ArtBot Groups
Fiber Artists
Children’s After School Programs
Fire Arts
Clothing Making
Bicycle Groups
Holyographic Groups
Jewelry Making
Car Repair Groups
Kinetic Art Groups
Doll Making
Catapult Groups
LEGO Users Groups
Embroidery (groups, associations)
Circuit Bending
Metal Arts
Neon Art
Combot Robots
Fiber Arts Groups
Computer Modders
Photography Groups
Folk Art
Computer User Groups
Pinball Groups
Girl Scouts
DIY Drones
Recycled Arts
Glass Blowers
DIY Energy
Jewelry Making
DIY Radio Groups
The Long Now Foundation
Journal Making
Electric Cars
Yoyo Clubs
Engineers Without Borders
Fab Labs
Model Makers
FIRST Robotics Food/Sustainability
Hackers Groups
Audubon & Bird Groups
Museums of Craft and Folk Arts
Insect Bots
Beer Brewing
Open Source Embroidery
Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
Cake Making
Kids and Technology Groups
Cheese Making
Chocolate Making
MIDI User Groups
Citizen Science
Renegade Crafts Fair
Model Railroad Clubs
Odyssey of the Mind
Cooking Classes
R/C Model Clubs
Culinary Programs
Silk Screening Groups
Repair Groups
Edible Schoolyards
Smart Materials
Rube Goldberg Groups
Edible Communities
Soapbox Derby
Farmers Markets
Solar Cars
Local Foragers
Weavers and Spinners
Underwater Robotics
Master Gardeners
HAM Radio Operators
Preserving Green Science
Slow Food
Astronomy Clubs
Vegetarian Groups
Community Bike Groups
Wine Making
Children’s Museums
Youth Programs – Urban Roots
Eco Modding
Computer Museums
Environmental Kids Groups
DIY Biology
Fix Your Bike Groups
DIY Energy Music
Green Arts Groups
DIY Forensics
Circuit Bending
Green Cleaning
DIY Science
Dance Groups
Hybrid Car Groups
Electronic Music/Theremin
Instrument Hacking
Recycling Groups
Kite Making and Flying
Instrument Making
Solar Groups
Paper Airplane Making
Jug Bands
Solar Ovens
Marching Band
Rocketry Groups
Music Classes
Water Groups
Science Museums
Taiko Drummers
Wind Power
Science Workshops
Theater Groups
Space Exploration
Teachers Resource/Support Groups
Board Games
Telescope Makers
Chess Groups
Tesla Coils
Computer Gaming
University Programs
Zoology Groups
Hula Hoops
School Groups
Star Wars Clubs
Wax Sculptures
Specialty Schools/Education

Why We Make Things And Why It Matters with Peter Korn

Author, craftsman, and educator Peter Korn will present “Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday evening, March 11, at 7:00 pm. Korn is the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

Author, craftsman, and educator Peter Korn will present “Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday evening, March 11, at 7:00 pm. Korn is the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

At the start of his book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, Korn says, “When I turned my first clear pine board into a cradle, and for many years thereafter, I was beguiled by rediscovering the how of craft. How do you sharpen a chisel? How do you cut a sliding dovetail? How do you make a chair comfortable? Eventually, though, I also began to wonder about the why. What is craft and why does it matter? Why do we make things? Or, more specifically, why do we choose the spiritually, emotionally, and physically demanding work of bringing new objects into the world with creativity and skill?

“The answers I have found – through considering the work of my own hands, through the practical education of a life in craft, and through the shared experiences of others – all seem to lead back to one fundamental truth: we practice contemporary craft as a process of self-transformation.”

Publisher David R. Godine describes the book in this way, “Furniture making practiced as a craft in the twenty-first century, is a decidedly marginal occupation. Yet the view from the periphery can be illuminating. For woodworker Peter Korn, the challenging work of bringing something new and meaningful into the world through one’s own volition – whether in the arts, the kitchen, or the marketplace – is exactly what generates the authenticity, meaning, and fulfillment for which many of us yearn.

“In this moving account, Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. We follow his search for meaning as an Ivy-educated child of the middle class who finds employment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, transitions to self-employment as a designer/maker of fine furniture, takes a turn at teaching and administration at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and finally founds a school in Maine: the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an internationally respected, non-profit institution.”

And painter Chuck Close writes, “Peter Korn’s brilliant new book resonates with me as a visual artist in a profound way. I share his passion for craft and admire his ability to take a plank of wood and fashion anything he sets his mind to. Throughout the centuries, furniture makers and painters have shared a set of belief systems centered on craft. The pleasure and calm that I get as a painter fashioning a complicated work from colored dirt on canvas is, I believe, the same pleasure and peace that Peter Korn and his students get as craftsmen.”

Join us for an evening with Maine craftsman and author Peter Korn to discuss his book and share your thoughts on the creative process. Books will be available for purchase and signing, made available by Sherman’s Books.

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire 2014 – here we come!

Plans are in the making for the second annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, to be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Camden Public Library and Amphitheatre. In a few weeks, the Calls for Makers will open up to receive Maker applications and we’ll post more about that here when it happens.


The White House Announces Plans to Host Their First-Ever Maker Faire in 2014

True Story! Straight from the site, check out this video announcement: