Do-it-Yourself Culture Gets a Boost With Boise's First Maker Faire 

Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26

Cobbling together build-it-yourself furniture with flimsy, pre-packaged tools leaves a lot to be desired. Hobbyists, tinkerers and crafters ask: why not make your own?

Building something yourself can sometimes seem like an ambitious feat of engineering, but the folks behind the Mini Maker Faires are out to prove that it's not so bad.

Maker Faires originated in the Bay Area in 2006 and have spread across the country. Local organizers are launching Boise's own Mini Maker Faire Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26, at the Boise Public Library Main Branch and the Discovery Center of Idaho.

The public can learn lessons in minimalist lifestyles from the builder of a 196-square-foot home, get a glimpse at Bot Comp—an epic battle of robots—as well as experiments in wild fermentation and more.

Things kick off Saturday, May 25, from noon-4 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium of the Boise Public Library, offering a look at how libraries are building "maker spaces" within their stacks, as well as a lesson on the history of Radio Boise.

On Sunday, May 26, head over to the Discovery Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to check out displays from Bot Comp, Handy Chairs—which makes wheelchairs out of wood and bicycle parts—and more exhibitors.

Don't be surprised if you suddenly feel the urge to run home and start making stuff—either that or start your own robot fight club.

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