Thank you for helping to make the Maker Show such a success! We are so grateful to our sponsors and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event as wonderful as it was. Here’s a quick recap of the 2016 Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show.
To start, here’s some fun numbers!
- Over 1,200 people attended;
- we had over 50 makers showcasing their art -- some selling and some just for fun;
- we drank 70 gallons of donated beer from Fifty-Fifty Brewing and Alibi Ale Works;
- 40 volunteers helped to make the day a success;
- 61 items were donated to the silent auction, and
- we doubled our revenue over the 2015 Maker Show!
There were makers all over the Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Yard. Some were inside selling delicate wooden furniture or demonstrating crochet and fiber arts, while others took up giant swaths of the outdoor space. Mountain Forge set up a huge area to demonstrate their craft by producing a large metal sculpture which was sold in the silent auction. Fred Besch brought all of his marvelous and enormous rideable bike sculptures. Speaking of rideable, Margie Reynolds larger-than-life horse was mounted on an art car and giving rides to attendees of all ages.
This year’s show was highly interactive! The Truckee Public Art commission created a sign for their organization with the help of many hands during the day. The Roundhouse ceramics studio had a steady stream of people spinning clay and collaborating on a giant clay sculpture together. The Roundhouse textiles shop allowed participants to create handbags, and the Roundhouse wood shop demonstrated the use of our powerful laser cutter, giving away freshly made items.The diversity and dynamism of the makers in our community is amazing!
Each of the makers we spoke to during the show and afterwards expressed how appreciated they felt at the show. One maker was showing her jewelry in public for the first time. She said “I’ve never sold jewelry to a stranger before, and today I did that 20 times! And people had such nice things to say about it!” For so many of the makers, this show was a chance to bask in the spotlight, be celebrated for the amazing talents they have, and connect with others who share a similar passion.
KidZone collaborated with Truckee Roundhouse to create a uniquely interactive kids area. We created paper airplanes of all shapes and sizes and threw them off the real airplane we’d pulled out to the show. Kids got their hands on junior chemistry sets for the first time, and best of all, they got to play with real Arduino programmable circuit boards. These snap-together components included motors, sensors, switches, and resistors, all linked to easy-to-use programming software that even the tiniest makers could use.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport teamed up with Roundhouse to produce the region’s first ever ‘drone expo’. Local robotics companies Parallax, Robison Engineering, as well as drone users from the Truckee-Tahoe Sanitary District set up netting so that we could fly drones safely inside the show. Dozens of people got their first ever glimpse at how drones really work. The airport was there to answer questions and educate users about the rules of the air. We had drones of all shapes and sizes: from a home-made hobby kit to a giant octa-copter. And Todd Wolf from Truckee High School showed off the robotics and electronics they use in classes.
In an effort to make the event more environmentally friendly, we offered ½ price entry to anyone who travelled to the Show by bicycle and dozens did! As an added bonus they got to park in homemade bike racks made by local metal artist Pat Blythe, alongside his 8’ long railroad locomotive sculpture and other amazing pieces inspired by Truckee’s railroad history.
Other sculptures included works by Lloyd Johnson (his Mechanimorf was a mascot for the maker show) and his ‘stick people’ piece towered over the crowd. Abe Finkelstien set up his ‘Quessadillo,’a life-size armadillo art car that serves quesadillas, which were doled out to the hard-working volunteers.
Members of local band Sneaky Creatures kept the tunes jamming all afternoon, and Tahoe Flow Arts captivated the crowd on their locally made aerial silks rig.
The 2nd Annual Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show would not have been possible without the great partnerships the Roundhouse has developed with local companies that share the vision of a high-quality makerspace in Truckee. First and foremost, Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co donated use of their Truckee yard to us, yard staff spent hours preparing the space, and President and CEO Andrew Cross volunteered his time on the fork lift moving lumber and materials around so we could have a show.
ACE Mountain Hardware and Sports chipped in as a major sponsor to help make the show possible. aA an employee-owned enterprise we’d like to thank each and every member of the Mountain Hardware team for believing in this community.
Mountain Forge brought so many pieces of equipment and people down to the show, and the sculpture they donated to the silent auction added tremendous value. We are fortunate to have them as a partner in this project.
Truckee Tahoe Airport’s ongoing and significant support of the makerspace is critical to our effort, as their generosity makes it possible for us to have a physical space for the Truckee Roundhouse makerspace.
The Downtown Merchants Association generously supported this downtown event. Pamela Hurt Associates sees the value in a thriving local culture, and Fifty-Fifty Brewing was thrilled to donate their locally made beer to the cause, with additional beverage donations by Alibi Ale Works and Tahoe Tap. Clear Capital also jumped in as a sponsor, along with generous support from Riverside Studios, Parallax Drones, Quality Automotive and Smog, and Tahoe Flow Arts. We are proud of the truly unique coalition of local support for this special initiative.
Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace
The Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show celebrated our local maker community, but it also builds momentum towards the future opening of the Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace. To demonstrate what will be possible when we open, we brought examples of the tools and activities that will be available to the public in the space. The metal shop, wood shop, tech shop, ceramics shop and textiles shop all showed off their tools and talked to hundreds of excited future members.
All proceeds from the show go to the Truckee Roundhouse (a 501c3 non-profit) and will be used to open the region's’ first makerspace. When we do open, the high-quality tools and well organized shops will allow makers of all crafts and aptitudes to work together in an energizing and supportive environment and our whole community will benefit from the amazing creations that will emerge.
Thank you for helping to make this event a success. It takes a community to open a makerspace, and this community is doing such an amazing job at supporting this vision.