MAKEcation 2015 Recap


Makecation 2015 was a big success, filled with fun, making, and surprises around every corner! The event packed in winning contestants, bloggers, and DIY celebrities from around the country.

The first evening featured a trip to Brooklyn Brewery, where Makecationers enjoyed a tour followed by beer and pizza. This was an opportunity for everyone at the event to break the ice and get to know each other. Some took the opportunity to network, while others took a shot at a game of bean bag toss.

On the second day, the entire group shuttled out to Villain, an event space that served as a textiles warehouse in its former life. It was there that the making began. After an introduction and safety briefing led by DIY personality Karl Champley of ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’, Makecationers were split into groups to attend three different classes.


Craftsman Tool’s own Rob North was on hand to teach people one of his Man-O-Vations, a coat rack made out of Craftsman hammers using a drill with a counter sink, miter saw, wood glue, and screws.

Makecationers also disassembled a carburetor using screwdrivers and pliers, and then put it back together. Sean Brayton from the Oilers Car Club taught the operation of the carburetor, specific to each part, along the way.


Following a lunch break, guests sat in on a Craftsman Innovation Showcase, featuring new and upcoming tools from Craftsman.

Will Lisak, leather tradesman, taught Makecationers to make leather belts and wrist cuffs from start to finish. The belts were cut to tailored size, looped for the buckle, hole punched for waist adjustment, and finished with leather conditioner. Wrist cuffs were made with a similar process, albeit without a buckle, of course!

The classes at the event space wrapped up with a mixology class, where guests had the opportunity to make mixed drinks and learn how different flavors combine to make the ultimate cocktail.


That evening, on the hotel’s rooftop, guests enjoyed food and festivities, and were surprised to partake in a private concert featuring country music singer Eric Paslay! Vintage Craftsman tools were on display from Craftsman Club by yours truly for all to enjoy as well.

The third day started out with a trip to Maker Faire, a festival and celebration of the maker movement. The event featured everything from robotics to 3D printing, and even had chainsaw artist Curtis Involdstad, who was at last year’s inaugural Makecation.


Makecationers were shuttled to the event space for two more making classes and a graffiti art demonstration led by Mike Baca and Fernando Romero, where we had the opportunity to tag our names on a wall.

Rob Johnstone and Dan Cary from Woodworker’s Journal taught a lathe turning class, where Makecationers made pizza cutters and bottle openers, followed by a class led by Karl Champley, making toolboxes with a drawer and side-mounted bottle opener.


Karl’s class employed the use of a sabre saw, random orbit sander, finish sander, brad nailer, and drill to create.

After classes all of the guests were shuttled back to the hotel, but with a stop along the way to watch members of Ill Conduct perform motorcycle stunts on a closed-off street. The stunt performers stood on handle bars, did wheelies, doughnuts, and amazing backflips!


The wrap-up for Makecation featured one last party, which included a performer who swallowed an entire pack of lit cigarettes, swallowed swords, and bent wrenches!

Good times for all and an amazing event through and through!

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