Meet Last Year’s Makers

Check out some of the awesome Makers we had last year at the 2018 Simsbury Mini Maker Faire. We’ll start updating the site with our 2019 Makers as soon as the Call for Makers opens!

Origami Seedling Pots – Dawn M. Zillich

Put a little spring in your step and learn to make origami seed planters. They are an environmentally friendly way to start plants for the spring as they will break down once planted in the ground or your favorite planter. Newspaper, seeds and soil will be provided, just bring your best folding skills.

3D Printing and Modeling – Dick Trask

Come watch a kit-built 3-D Printer at work and view original 3-D designed objects.

Thomas Mach Interiors- Thomas Mach

With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint you get a velvety matt finish. And if you add Annie Sloan Soft Wax, you can achieve a subtle sheen as well as protection and durability.

Compressed Air Rockets- Tayna Violette

Learn about the power of compressed air by building and launching your own rocket! It’s yours to decorate however you like and to keep.

Huntington Learning Center- Stephanie Bologa

We are the leading private Tutoring Company in the Farmington Valley with 10 successful years in Simsbury. Our mission is to give students of all ages the best education possible. We excel with elementary students, middle school students and private one on one test prep for SSAT, ACT and SAT. We have Certified Teachers and Tutors that are exceptional educators.

Simsbury STEM Scouts- Rick Schulitz

STEM Scouts helps girls and boys learn about science, technology, engineering and math through creative, hands-on activities, field trips and interaction with STEM professionals. Using experiential activities and interaction with STEM professionals, the goal of the STEM Scouts program is to help young people grow in character and skills as they explore their curiosity about STEM fields. It is hoped that their growing knowledge will translate into the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our country’s future economy. While the program focuses on future careers in STEM, it is ultimately designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and, most importantly, fun.

Doo-Rite Robot Sculptures- Douglas Henley

My exhibit will show that I give new life to discarded or forgotten objects. My sculptures average two-feet in height and have a humanoid likeness or that of a robot. The exhibit will display my creations and visitors will be able to identify many household items found in my sculptures.

Cosmix Vortex- Marium Majid

I will be displaying my art and Henna tattoos.

Talcott Mountain Science Center- Lexi Dorazio

Talcott Mountain Science Center uses hands on learning to inspire students to head full STEAM into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and more. Get excited about expanding your mind!

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving- John Cudworth

Demonstration of a 15 inch wide Schacht Cricket loom, and my own homemade wood sampler loom. Visitors can try it. Computer with my Power Point slides showing how to weave. Many woven samples that I made.

Scratch Demonstration- Mackenzie & Ella Schulitz

Scratch is a drag-and-drop computer programming language made for kids. Anyone can drop in and try it out!

Jeanie- Kirk Scully

Clothing waste is a huge problem, and by huge problem i mean it has the second largest impact on the environment next to oil. Jeanie is a company that a friend and I started where we are taking a stab at reusing old clothing. Right now we are making various clothing items, primarily pocket T-Shirts made from recycled pants. It is only the beginning, and we have a long long road ahead of us if we want to make a difference, but stay tuned, and follow us on our journey to make an impact, without one on the environment.


Tiny House- Tony Indino

I will be displaying a tiny house that I built using many reclaimed woods from old carriage houses, barns and the like. As an experienced carpenter, I used the best building techniques and standard practices. This house supports the increasing interest in the “tiny house” movement while showcasing my skills as a master carpenter.

How to Get Started with Wood Burning- Heather Nagy

Learn the art of wood burning and make a small project to take home! Grade 5 through Adult

Building Bridges- Jon Sonstrom

A unique board game for 2-4 players. Using geometric shaped blocks and a baseboard. Encourages creative building. Play one on one or work as a team to build your bridge and be the first to make it to the other side!

Illuminated Sculptures using 3D Print Technology- Kevin Ryan

3D Printed Sculptures using various types of LED light sources for interior illumination.

NESIT Inc. Makerspace- Chris Bergeron

NESIT Inc. provides a community workshop to the central Connecticut area in the historic 290 Pratt St factory in Meriden. Our members (who also run the corporate non-profit and keep the lights on) and visitors engage in crafting things out of wood, metal, plastic, circuitry, and software.

Ti-trikes, recumbent trikes and Adaptive cycling -Kenneth Messier

Ti-trikes manufactures Titanium recumbent trikes in Simsbury, and sells them Through Iron Horse Trike and E-Bike on Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury. As an organization we also run CT Adaptive Cycling and Simsbury Free Bike, located on Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury, adjacent to the Farmington Valley Rails to Trails. Our tag line is “Everybody Rides”.

Create a wire puzzle-Walter R. Banzhaf

Bend steel with your bare hands! (OK, it’s thin steel wire).

Design your own wire puzzle, or use the design pictured, and then build it.

Now that you built it, figure out how to take it apart! Then, figure out how to put it back together.

Then make your friends crazy by asking them to take it apart.

DIY Synthesis – Building Sound in Circuitry- Alex Khan

Synthesizers produce sounds through electricity – using voltage as a means of creating tones and textures that ultimately turn into songs. What starts out as an electronic buzz is shaped through varying currents and nearly infinite circuits to map out soundscapes and ultimately come out with something we can call music. These synthesizers are each hand-built and unique in the process of transforming electricity into tonal harmony and sonic dysrhythmia.

Build a Book- Jane Copes

Build a bunch of books to give away, write in, and wear! We’ll fold, glue, staple, sew, giggle, fold some more, and use up the scraps. You can make a tiny book to wear as a necklace or a very l o n g book for your first novel. Science Outside the Box brings all sorts of FUN to YOU!

FitPartyMe- Brandi Kilbourne

We are a community of people who aim to change the lives of those who are seeking change. Through healthy lifestyle education and helping to support a balanced and healthful identity with fun, affordable, accessible, convenient, and effective dance fitness workouts/wellness programs, we are making an impact and in turn, saving lives.

We have a multi-faceted all inclusive subscription based platform that combines: 1) Online live video streaming where our customers can book virtual training sessions with dance fitness motivators, and fitness/nutrition/life coaches.; 2) Exclusive Dance Fitness Clubs/Gyms providing regularly scheduled dance fitness and flexibility classes; and 3) Dance Fitness/Wellness seminars/conferences. One subscription gets them access to all three!

At our table, we’d like to do periodic dance fitness class demos, personal training assessments, and health coaching. Additionally, we’d like to sign up event attendees for our free 2-week trial of our services.

Felting-  Suzanne Stapleford

Creating felt objects. Including nuno felting. Washing the wool. Carding the wool by hand and machine. Needle felting by hand and machine. Wet wool felting

Simsbury Bikes!- Debbie Thibodeau

Stop by to learn how Simsbury is making biking safer and more appealing for recreation and transportation. We will share information and materials on bicycle safety and sharing the road, local bike routes (including some best kept secrets), the May Bike Month calendar and 2018 Simsbury Bike Challenge, and our local bike share Simsbury Free Bike. We’ll have a bicycle-themed craft for kids and some free promotional items to take home.

Fermentation – A Healthy Method for Preserving Food- Barbara Friedland

The Simsbury Grange will be presenting a fermenting demonstration. Live on display: different stages of the lacto-fermentation process! Learn the simple and ancient art of food preservation that involves salt, produce, and minimal supplies.