Maker Faire: Chick-in-a-Box

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There’s certainly no shortage of high tech gadgetry and fantastical creations coming to this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, May 22nd and 23rd at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. But the magic of Maker Faire is rooted in the variety of projects present, everything from science to craft to robots to food makers, and beyond. Take, for example, the Chick-in-a-Box chicken coops (pictured above) designed and handmade by Kevin McElroy and Matt Wolpe, who run Oakland-based Just Fine Design/Build. We caught up with these fine gentlemen to chat about the classy hen houses they’re bringing to the Faire.
1. Tell us about the project you’re bringing to Maker Faire.
Chick-in-a-Box is our uniquely designed and handmade backyard chicken coop. It is our goal to weave sustainable lifestyles with well-thought-out design. Our coops are not only a statement on food access and security, but an architectural statement as well. In addition to the chicken coops, we design and build furniture and other custom projects as Just Fine Design/Build.
Read the full interview over on our sister site, There’s still time to get discounted tickets to Maker Faire until midnight tonight. Buy your tickets online and avoid waiting in line at the Faire. See you there!

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