Woodworking & DIY Show – Ticket Giveaway

The promoters of the Woodworking & DIY Show were nice enough to give us two free tickets to the event this weekend (12/17 – 12/19). 

I thought the best way to distribute them was a good old fashioned giveaway.  Rules are simple.  Post a comment below and I will pick a random winner by Wednesday (12/15) @ 11a.  The tickets will be available for pick-up at i3 Detroit and are good any day of the event.

The event is pretty cool and I have to admit, I was not familiar with it.  It is the oldest traveling woodworking show in the US and takes place at the Taylor Gibraltar Trade Center.  The event has tons of demos, product displays and projects from local Detroit-area woodworkers.  Looks like there are some raffles and games as well. 

i3 Detroit will probably check it out this year and try to have a booth next year with our members projects.  More info at – Woodworking & DIY Show Website

Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Featuring i3 Detroit

i3 Detroit is again lucky to be involved with the Detroit Urban Craft Fair for their 5th anniversary.  The event is this weekend at the Filmore in Downtown Detroit starting at 10a on Saturday (12/4) and 11a on Sunday (12/5).

Besides the many vendors selling unique and cool crafts, you will find i3 Detroit doing 2 Make N’ Takes for the fair.

Matt is doing a soft electronics project.  He is taking cowboy hats and outlining them in EL wire for that necessary accessory for your holiday party.  This is a hands on build and we will help you every step of the way.

Amy is doing a Scrabble tile jewelry project.  She will be taking everyday Scrabble tiles and crafting them in to unique jewelry for gifts or yourself.  This is a hands on build as well where she will guide you through the process.

Both projects have small fee but you get to take home your homemade craft.

i3 Detroit is also working on a top secret project that will be unveiled at the show.  Come check it out.  I promise, it will be worth it.

All Hands Active (our hackerspace friends to the West) will also be there with a cool soldering Make N’ Take.

Link to Lish Dorset (one of the organizers) on Fox 2 explaining the show: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/entertainment/holiday_guide/the-5th-annual-detroit-urban-craft-fair-20101202-mr

2nd annual WinterLAN coming up: 1-15-11

Save the date! On January 15th,  i3 Detroit will be hosting the second annual i3 WinterLAN Social event, starting Saturday at noon and ending when the sun comes up on Sunday.

The event will be all about games – BYOC (Bring your own computer) gaming, Board gaming, and tabletop RPG.

The i3Detroit common space will be set up for computer gaming with plenty of power, tables, and chairs.  The loft will sport a projector hooked up for console gaming (Got a vintage console you can bring?).  Board games will take place in any of our multiple rooms.

If you have any kind of game people will enjoy, bring it, bring yourself, and bring your thirst for gaming.  See you then!

Ferndale DIY Street Fair – 9/18 & 9/19

It’s hard to believe that just last year we were driving around the cupcake car at the DIY Street Fair and trying to get people to be interested in i3 Detroit.  Forward 365 days and we are being invited to the event to host a kids Make n’ Take.

Why not take a commercial product that kids are currently obsessed with and show them how to make them.  At the fair, we will be attempting to make silly bandz out of silicone, foam molds and some coloring.  In theory the process will work, but we only tested it last night.  :)   The bonus is it’s free for the kids to try.

Come check out the event Sat – Sun (9/18 – 9/19) from 12 – 6.  There will be art, bands and food.  i3 Detroit will be located in the kids section and will also have the twinkie car and maybe some other surprises.

Hope to see you there.

Announcing the Maker Mixer, September 4th

Detroit’s first Maker Faire was a smashing success by all accounts, bringing together hundreds of exhibiting makers, scores of awesome creations, and tens of thousands of onlookers and makers-to-be.   It was educational, entertaining, and most of all, busy.

So busy, in fact, that many makers spent the whole weekend in their booths, with little opportunity to meet each other.  And while the spectacle was great for short-term attention, the synergy is where long-term gains stand to be made. To that end, i3Detroit will host an event we’re calling the Maker Mixer. On September 4th, anyone who’s interested in DIY (and especially anyone who exhibited at Maker Faire) is encouraged to come down to Ferndale and spend the afternoon at i3Detroit’s shop.

Some food and drink will be provided, BYO is always welcome. Details to follow as the event approaches.