Gary Snow is soft spoken and unassuming, always ready with a friendly smile. But start talking knifemaking, and Snow gets edgy – in a good way.

National TED lecturer and MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty turned the tables on a crowd of creatives who braved tornado warnings last night to hear his talk at GRid70 in Grand Rapids on the do-it-together trend that is sweeping the nation.

Where would you find an 18-foot-tall statue of TV personality Red Green made of duct tape that belches fire? No where else than the Maker Faire Detroit.

The Influence West Michigan blog of Mlive ran a piece written by Matthew Gryczan about the Maker Faire Detroit and what it says about Michigan inventors -- and the fun they have.

According to the article:

Anyone who has a sinking feeling Americans have lost their knack for making things and are now only consumers of cheap imported goods needed to stroll the grounds of the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit recently to put his or her mind at ease.