San Mateo Maker Faire 2015

Tinkers Damn spent two and a half days at the San Mateo Maker Faire this May. It was quite a hubbub once again.


go go canjoFor next year I will have to come up with some way to close up shop and take an hour break in the middle of the day.

the crowdThe crowd can be overwhelming, but I still had a ball.

obstreperousYes, the young’uns were indeed obstreperous…

canjo kids but many of them had a grand time picking out a tune.

playerThe adults had a fine time as well. Here’s a short clip of me plucking the lap steel (more about that below) and playing “Freight Train” on old electric blue.

San Mateo MF 2015 from The Tinkers Damn on Vimeo.

There’s a slew more photos on Flickr if you just can’t get enough. As usual, many thanks to mrs. a-go-go for being the shutter bug. See you next year, San Mateo! Thanks for having us.

Regarding the lap steel, I whipped that monster up just a few days before the show. It is far from perfect but it gave me another durable instrument to put in front of the kids. It’s not much to play but I had fun with it and I swear I am going to revamp it soon. Stay tuned for a post on the lap steel’s rebirth! Maybe I can get some of the distortion out of it and put enough strings on to get some real steel fun out of it.

maker faire san luis obispo 2013

three at Maker Faire

At the mini Maker Faire 2013 I had a swell time showing folks how to play a ukulele, dulcimer, or canjo (and quite a few folks who needed no showing at all). It was my first time out in public with these instruments and I actually sold a few! People seemed to like the novelty of getting sound out of a funny looking can and some were impressed that they actually sounded good.


For more images have a look at Flickr.




A big, “Thank you.” to everyone who came by and tried a strum or two, and a double, “Thank you.” to the folks who made a purchase. It has encouraged me to keep pounding the steel.