Friday, September 25th, 2009
Rhode Island had its very first Maker Faire this past weekend right in downtown Providence. A Maker Faire is a “gathering of inventors, tinkerers, and creative types that is intended to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” (as said by Make magazine). It was well organized by Kipp Bradford and Brian Jepson who synchronized it with Providence’s Waterfire festival which draws a large crowd downtown. We were there showing off a couple of new frames and some bikes. Mostly just proving that all bikes are not made overseas and that manufacturing in the states still exists. There were a bunch of cyclist types in the crowd who were surprised to see that steel bikes were still being made and were excited that it was in their own city. We’ll definitely take part again if it becomes an annual event.