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Happy New Year! 2017!

Meet the Maker: Tim Sway

Meet Tim Sway, an upcyclist who makes nice things out of items that would otherwise be thrown away!

GHMF:  Tell me about your exhibit and what activities will be available.

Sway:  My exhibit is a little area I built for myself to hang out in – and for you to visit. My “set” fits into the table base which doubles as a cart to carry it away. It is made entirely from reclaimed materials. I’ll have photos of my work and an ipad with additional photos, as well as videos of me making things. I will also have a couple of guitars I made from reclaimed materials and a chess set made from airplane engine parts. I’m just going to hang out with whomever wants to and answer questions anyone may ask. Maybe I’ll bring something small to work on. bike parts and tree branch console

GHMF:  You consider yourself to be an “upcyclist.” Can you explain what an upcyclist does and what inspired you to become one?

Sway:  Honestly, most of my work is making things out of reclaimed materials… wood and other things that were salvaged from deconstructed buildings. There is value in reclaimed building materials. But what I REALLY like to do is upcycle, which is when I take something that has been discarded and deemed “trash” or valueless and give it a value and purpose again. Continue reading

Have you met our sponsors?

Three of Connecticut’s most innovative manufacturers are supporting our first ever Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire.

You may have heard that Legrand, Stanely Black & Decker and LEGO Systems are the corporate sponsors for this family-friendly event produced by CBIA on behalf of the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing with funding from the National Science Foundation. Continue reading

Stanley Black & Decker Joins as a Sponsor

We here at the Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire are pleased to announce Stanley Black & Decker as a new sponsor! Continue reading

Call for Makers is Open!

Calling all makers, tinkerers, inventors, artists, engineers, designers, performers and entrepreneurs. The Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire wants you!

Applications are now open and we’re looking for makers who want to share and showcase their projects.

Click here to apply.

Key Dates

  • August 1, 2015: Application deadline for makers
  • August 15, 2015: Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted
  • October 3, 2015: Time to show us your stuff at the Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire!

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