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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.

You would have found at the Maker Faire hundreds of Michigan inventors and do-it-yourselfers who are extremely clever with their minds and hands. You would have found a refreshing spirit among the enthusiasts — not government officials or academics, mind you — that Michigan is catching the crest of a totally new wave of small-scale manufacturing. 

Read the rest of the story here: Maker Faire


Blogger Jason Strube perfectly captured the spirit of the visit by Dale Dougherty to Grand Rapids on April 26, 2011 to encourage people to join the Maker movement.

According to the article:

I recently got to attend a town hall style meeting with local hacker/makers in the Grand Rapids area at GRiD70. The meeting was organized by Dale Dougherty. For those of you who do not know him, he is the man responsible for starting Make magazine and the Maker Faire events around the country.

Read the rest of the story here: Dougherty visit