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Manchester (England’s)Mini Maker Faire  is set for this weekend, Aug. 10-11. More than 50 makers are expected to show their stuff. Here’s a look at some of the creativity from last year’s fair:

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A life-size Connect Four game.

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Mark Gilbert with his 3D printed clock “Fable.”

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Loading a giant Ker Plunk game for play.

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Painting the coins for the Connect Four game.

Other makers and projects on tap for this year include:

  • Bo the Clown who made all his props including a solar-powered “comedy car”, a solar-powered Punch, and Judy show and a Kamishibai Japanese storybook theater from the back of a bike.
  • Urban woodland village: A large-scale outdoor installation centered around trees, wood and the resources trees can provide. It will feature a mix of arts and craft demos, green workshop demonstrations, handmade furniture, traditional timber structures, and examples of Manchester-sourced timber from the local project Treestation.
  •  A potato cannon workshop: visitors can build and fire a potato cannon under supervision.
  • A pop-up 3D printing factory.

If you find yourself near Manchester this weekend, be sure to stop by.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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