2015 Rochester Mini Maker Faire Quick Roundup



First of all, thank you for being part of the 2nd Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire! Saturday was an was a tremendous success, far more than we could have imagined! We are so thrilled that everyone could make it out – all 3,000 of you!

Be sure to keep following our site as we will be posting some of our favorite stories from this past weekend here after Thanksgiving.

If you have any photos from the faire, feel free to share them with us! We have already started to post our photos up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll probably have all of our photos posted within the next few days. If all goes as planned, we should also have the talks, along with other footage, up on YouTube later in the week. You can find us at:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RochesterMiniMakerFaire

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rochmakerfaire

Instagram: https://instagram.com/rochesterminimakerfaire/

Thank you once again for being a part of Rochester’s 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire! We’re already starting to make plans for next year’s event. We should hopefully know more details within the next few months. If you would like to give us any direct feedback, feel free to reach out to us at anytime at rochesterfaireinfo@gmail.com.

Talks Schedule

The Rochester Mini Maker Faire is just 5 days away! We’re already pumped and can’t wait for Saturday to come. To help get you pumped, here is our schedule of talks that will be going on during the faire:

9:00 AM – Doors Open

9:30 AM10:30 AM: Tree Creations with Joseph Ferrero

11:00 AM12:00 AM: Airigami with Larry Moss & Kelly Cheatley

1:00 PM2:30 PM: The Crew from the “Making It” Podcast — Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett, David Picciuto, and David Waelder

All talks can be found upstairs from the main floor. Just take the escalator or stairs by Airigami’s creation and follow the signs.



Joe Ferrero is building a unique, whimsical, and ever expanding treehouse village in his backyard and he invites everyone to call him up and come over to play. This is not a business; it’s his family’s backyard playground. Joe started Tree Creations on January 28, 2012 with a castle themed tree house. Other tree houses would also be connected with rope bridges and ziplines. It has expanded with an automobile (1946 Triumph 1800 Saloon), a veranda, a village square, a tea room, a wizard’s den, and the World’s Smallest Chapel. The present tree houses under construction include a “Doctor Who” Tardis themed elevator (to assist people that may be “ground bound” to get to tree house level), a 40 foot long pirate ship, and a music themed tree house, with many more planned.




Larry Moss began his career in 1985 as a NYC street performer, but has gone on to display his amazing air‐filled art in over a dozen countries on four continents. His achievements have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, CNN Headline, PBS, Smithsonian Magazine, American Profile and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Moss has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, NBC’s “Today” and at the White House, and has set two Guinness World Records. Larry is the author of many published ballooning books and founder of BalloonHQ.com, a resource that services the balloon industry and communicates with over a half‐million visitors annually. Larry also has a degree in applied math and computer science, as well as a master’s in elementary education. Building community through his large‐scale art creations is of particular interest to Larry, and was the focus of his 2009 TEDx talk in Rochester, NY.

Kelly Cheatle loves creating in any medium. She received her Design degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in Illustration and a major interest in every studio elective she could find. Her diverse knowledge of traditional materials and image‐making techniques has given her an appreciation for texture and dimensionality, even in digital formats. When given an opportunity to work with balloons during Balloon Manor 2006, she was excited about a new medium for creating artwork. Now, as a partner in Airigami, her design sense and illustration background have helped to take it in new directions.


Talk about a prelude – Maker weekend events

This weekend is a popular weekend for Maker themed events! It’s going to be a busy couple of days, but we love weekends like this.


Barnes & Noble Maker Faires

If you haven’t heard yet, Barnes & Noble will be holding Maker Faires within 650 of their stores across the country this weekend! We’re lucky enough to have not just 1 store participating, but 3. The stores in Pittsford, Webster, and Greece will all be hosting their own events Friday-Sunday. Each store will have an area to meet local makers, make your own projects, and check out the maker supplies & gadgets that you can now find at their stores.

We will be talking about the Maker Movement, Rochester Mini Maker Faire, and how to make your own paper circuits at all 3 stores over the weekend. Our schedule will be:

It has been an absolute blast working with all 3 stores in the area over the last few months. If you’re free at all this weekend, be sure to stop by one (or more) of the local participating stores. It’s a great way to get a sneak preview of some of the Makers that will be at the Rochester Mini Maker Faire in just over 2 weeks and learn about the Maker movement in Rochester.

To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Maker Faire, check out: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/makerfaire


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Mayday! Underground

The Mayday! Underground Art + Craft fall show takes place on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (November 7th and 8th), from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., at Village Gate. While there, you can buy from over 60 local artists and craftspeople from the greater Rochester area, including several of this year’s Makers. There will be everything from jewelry and handmade plush toys and monsters, to soap, shirts, and various art prints.

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Making It Podcasters at Rochester Mini Maker Faire – Part 2

It’s November! As we are now under 3 weeks till the Rochester Mini Maker Faire, we’re going to be trying to post several of our Makers every day. to kick us off, we’re excited that David Waelder and David Picciuto will be joining the other hosts, Jimmy Diresta and Bob Clagett, as speakers at this year’s faire.

David Picciuto

David Picciuto is the founder of MakeSomething.tv and dedicates himself as to creating content to designing, creating and teaching the art of woodworking. In addition to being a host on the “Making It” podcast, he hosts “Makers & Shakers”, a new show on YouTube that features artists, crafters, wood and metal workers, and all sorts of makers. Last month, David’s book, “The New Bandsaw Box Book: Techniques & Patterns for the Modern Woodworker”, was released on Amazon.

Personal Website: https://drunkenwoodworker.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrunkenWoodworker

Book: http://www.amazon.com/New-Bandsaw-Box-Book-Techniques/dp/1940611326/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drunkenwood



David Waelder is Jimmy’s shop assistant, occasional guest on Making It podcast, and has a growing YouTube channel of his own. David’s videos showcase projects built-in a not quite traditional way, and often with a humorous narrative. He has worked on a candelabra made of railroad spikes, a table made of car parts, a hollowed out phone book to hold his smart phone, and a Sriracha cake. You can usually find him around New York City, videotaping project and anything else he find interesting.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DavidWaelder/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidwaelder

Making It Podcasters at Rochester Mini Maker Faire

We’re excited to announce that Jimmy Diresta and Bob Clagett will be giving a talk at the Rochester Mini Maker Faire this year. They are both hosts of the “Making It” podcast and are creators of countless maker tutorials.

Jimmy Diresta

Jimmy Diresta

Jimmy Diresta is designer, fabricator, artist, and an experienced television and YouTube Maker personality. He has appeared on Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY, FX Networks as a host and co-host, and is regularly featured on Make. Jimmy has been making and restoring his own tools and using them in unique ways for over 40 years. Be sure to check out his AK47 Guitar on his YouTube channel, and come hear him talk at the faire.


YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydiresta/featured

Personal Website: http://www.jimmydiresta.com/

Videos on Make: http://makezine.com/author/jimmy-diresta/

Bob Clagett

Bob Clagett

Bob Clagett describes himself as a life long maker. “As a kid, I built everything in my head, with cardboard, Legos or whatever I could find. It doesn’t matter what the material is, or what it’s for… I love making stuff.  I love showing other people how I work, hopefully to inspire and empower them to make whatever it is that they’re passionate about.” He has worked on arcade machines, shop projects, and a Tron-inspired slab coffee table among other things.


Personal Website: http://www.iliketomakestuff.com/

Podcast: http://makingitpodcast.com/

Our first 29 Confirmed Maker Booths for 2015

We are proud to announce our first 29 Confirmed Maker Booths. We have a bunch more that have been accepted and we’re just waiting on their paperwork. We are off to a good start.

You can see the full list here: http://makerfairerochester.com/2015-makers/

This morning, we held the second of three community meetings leading up to the Rochester Mini Maker Faire at Interlock Rochester. We had around 25 Makers in attendance. It was a great mix of Makers from last year and this year!

The presentation can be found at: http://bit.ly/RMMFCommunityMeeting2.

As a reminder, there is only two more weeks to get your application in to be a Maker at this year’s Rochester Mini Maker Faire!