Ever wonder what a luthier does? Meet Ari Lehtela and check out string instruments hand-crafted in Charlotte at this year’s Charlotte Mini Maker Faire!
Originally from Finland, Ari played music professionally in Canada and the United States throughout the 1970s and ’80s before turning his attention to designing and building guitars in the 1990s. Through Lehtela Guitar Craft, he creates acoustic and electric guitars, GitMandos, Sitaris and other instruments for a variety of musical styles.
At the Maker Faire, visitors will be able to play the custom instruments, enjoy musical performances and get one-on-one demonstrations.
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Felting is like 3D printing, but with layers of wool fibers. Cecilia Ho of FELTasticFashion will demonstrate the felting process and offer Felting DIY Kits, Make & Take mini-needle felting project and a hands-on community coloring project at the 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire.
Discover how a felting needle turns wool into seamless piece of felt fabric to achieve a colorful wool painting, or transforms into 3D wool sculpture by matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together without the use of water.
FELTasticFashion uses wool roving from New Zealand Corriedale sheep. Visitors are encouraged to touch some of the finished felted creations and feel how the solid wool fibers can turn into something that can be stronger than steel wires.
Long after the abacus but half a century before the TI-81 came the Curta, a hand-held mechanical calculator that could add, subtract, multiply and divide with the turn of a crank. Once considered the best portable calculator, Curtas were displaced by electronic calculators in the 1970s and became popular collectibles that still work smoothly today.
Marcus Wu, a software engineer and 3D printing enthusiast from Belmont, N.C., will present a 3D printed, enlarged replica of the Curta at the 2016 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire. His version of the Type I Curta has more than 300 parts and has taken more than six months to complete but features a distinct Curta crank sound.