Anchorage’s First Maker Faire Showcases Alaskan Style

alaskan backcountry chairlift

This Saturday, July 27, marks the date of the very first Maker Faire in the state of Alaska. The inaugural Anchorage Mini Maker Faire takes place from 12p.m. to 6p.m. at the Loussac Library on Denali Street.

Part of the beauty of community organized, regional Mini Maker Faires is that they really showcase the local flavor and interests, and the Anchorage Faire is no exception. Check out some of the projects that will be on display. For starters, pictured above is the Alaskan Backcountry Chairlift, a badass customized ATV made by Matanuska Thunder Films (M.T.F.). Being a mountain and snow enthusiast, I really wish I were there!

Below is a fire-breathing salmon designed by Ray Troll and owned by Hans Vogel.
Hans Vogel Ray Troll Salmon 2

Airlite Inflatable Snowshoes:
airlite inflatable snowshoes

Customized Aluminum Jet Ski made by MacKinnon Marine LLC:
alumaski

Exit Glacier Augmented Reality Terminus Project by Nathan Shafer and the Institute For Speculative Media:
augmented reality nathan shafer

The Eyeful Tower collaborative project by Andy Hiester. “Materials and instruction provided at booth. You bring imagination and enthusiasm and we’ll make this happen!”
Eyeful Tower

+Head to the Anchorage Mini Maker Faire site to see more makers and to pick up tickets.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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