This is the second year that Drew Lundgren, Tim Glanzman, Geoffrey Parker and Shun Clarke manned the Chapter 139 booth during Houston's 2016 Mini Maker Faire. The idea of participating was to promote the hobby of horology by displaying watches and clocks and explaining activities that are conducted by members throughout the year. A more detailed write-up is expected and will be posted as soon as available.
The following is a summary from Shaun Clarke:
For the second year, Chapter 139 was well represented at the Houston Mini Maker Faire. This annual event brings together a community of tech enthusiasts, craftspeople, educators, hobbyists and commercial exhibitors to share their passion for hands-on development and construction. The Maker Faire movement goes from strength-to-strength, with this year’s event including more exhibitors and plenty of support from the general public.
This year’s event was held over the weekend of 12-13 November at the George R. Brown Convention Center with Tim Glanzman, Geoff Parker, Shaun Clarke and Drew Lundgren setting up and manned the “It’s About Time - NAWCC” Chapter 139 booth.
The clock and watch displays attracted an encouraging number of visitors over the two days. There was plenty of interest in Marcus Bush's skeleton clock project and admiration for the level of skill shown in its construction. Our thanks to all the Chapter 139 members who supported the Makers Faire and visited our booth.
Tim, Geoff, Shaun and Drew had the chance to speak with many of the guests about the NAWCC and Chapter 139, and had over 50 individuals signed up to our mailing list. Many of the visitors wanted to find our more information about a family heirloom, and several others indicated they would be interested in attending beginner clock and watchmaking classes.
Tim extended his interest into the virtual reality realm, and tempted the other participants to experience this cutting edge technology. The implications of this new technology will be of interest as it develops.
It was particularly encouraging to see a great turnout of younger folks at the Mini Maker Faire and hopefully we can encourage some of these students to check the NAWCC and attend our local chapter offerings. (SHAUN CLARKE)