CANTON The Stark County District Library in downtown Canton was brimming over with creativity last week during the second annual Mini Maker Faire. There were 30 vendors demonstrating their talents and skills in wood carving, technology, spinning yarn and much more.
Community Services Director Marianna DiGiacomo said the Faire is part science fair and part county fair. The event is a way to celebrate technology, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food and sustainability.
"The first Mini Maker Faire was launched in 2006 in San Francisco and now Faires are held all over the world," DiGiacomo. "It’s meant to gather together curious people who love to make things to demonstrate their talents and skills. It’s a great venue for those do-it-yourselfers to share what they do. Last year we had around 800 people visit and we’re hoping for more than that this year," she said.
A few of this year’s vendors and makers included StarkFresh, Wilmot Wilderness Center, a group of wood carvers, The Canton Museum of Art and a new company called Canton Hackers and Maker Place (C.H.A.M.P.).
C.H.A.M.P. provides a community-operated workspace where people with common interests in activities, like working with computers, machining and science, can meet, socialize, build and collaborate. The non-profit organization is located at 3402 12th St. NW in Canton.
"We are membership based and offer members the use of various tools for all small projects, wood working, big machines such as metal lathes and a host of other opportunities," said C.H.A.M.P President Bill Locke.
Members can also take classes in welding, 3D laser printing, Windows 10 Security among a list of others. Visit www.hackcanton.com for all the details.
Linda White was part of a group that was demonstrating how a spindle spinning wheel can make yarn out of wool fiber.
"Wool fiber is attached to the spindle wheel and then the wheel is turned clockwise which pulls the fiber out and puts a twist in the fiber that makes it yarn," White said.
Local families were exploring all the many activities going on during the fair including attending a mini workshop with StarkFresh on gardening and growing their own foods.
"More than anything, we’re showcasing the talents of our community and bringing them together to celebrate creativity," DiGiacomo said.