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December 03, 2010 08:57 ET

Chicago Area Makers Build Santa's Suped Up Sleigh at the Craftsman Experience This Weekend

Check It Out on Friday Night and Sunday Night From 6:30-7:30pm CT (Live or Online)

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) - MAKE Magazine invites Makers to visit the Craftsman Experience this weekend (live or online) as members of the Butler Street Foundry and Pumping Station One participate in a variety of Techie Holiday Projects. On Friday night, Butler Street Foundry kicks off the weekend activities by building a Suped Up Santa's Sleigh -- complete with an air cannon, lights and other surprises and on Sunday night, Pumping Station One Hackerspace will teach you how to make our own holiday robot. 

Please be sure to join in on a weekend of holiday fun activities for DIYers of all skill levels at The Craftsman Experience. And, MAKE magazines will be given out throughout the weekend!

What: Weekend Maker Holiday Activities at The Craftsman Experience

When: All weekend (12/3 - 12/5), with featured Maker Programs:
 > Friday, 12/3, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm CT -- Butler Street Foundry http://www.butlerstreetfoundry.com/
 > Sunday, 12/5, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm CT -- Pumping Station One http://www.pumpingstationone.com/

Where: Located at 233 W. Huron in Chicago's downtown River North neighborhood and online

More Information on The Craftsman Experience A downtown Chicago venue that combines hands-on project stations, live demos and clinics and a one-of-a-kind Craftsman retail store that brings visitors closer than ever to America's most trusted tool brand. And you don't have to come to Chicago to go inside the Craftsman Experience. Built with an internet audience in mind, the Craftsman Experience will stream special events live over the Web and serve as the studio for an internet-based radio station.

What's Inside: Visitors to the Craftsman Experience will find hands-on activities and clinics at three unique project stations highlighting woodworking tools, automotive and mechanics tools, and lawn and garden products. Project experts will walk visitors through the features and benefits of various tools, allow them to test them out for themselves, and showcase everyday applications. Other specialists will appear at the Craftsman Experience for special events and clinics that will put Craftsman products to the test in unexpected ways.

Broadcasting live from the Craftsman Experience, an internet-based radio station will keep fans updated on all the happenings inside, featuring interviews with special guests and project experts. Fans can call in or participate in an online Q and A during the live broadcasts. A Craftsman retail store will also allow Craftsman fans to take home product innovations to help them get started on their next project.

What's Online: If you have a computer and an internet connection, you've got a ticket to the Craftsman Experience. When the Experience is open, the lights and cameras come on, sharing the clinics and special programs with online viewers live via streaming video in the Experience tab at http://www.facebook.com/craftsman. Sessions will also be available on www.Facebook.com/Craftsman through archived footage for those who missed a favorite presenter. Located at 233 W. Huron in Chicago's downtown River North neighborhood, the Craftsman Experience will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors to www.Craftsman.com can find a schedule of events that will be broadcast online.

About MAKE
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. MAKE is published quarterly by Maker Media, the division of O'Reilly Media, Inc., that also produces the wildly popular Make: Blog (www.makezine.com), CRAFT magazine (www.craftzine.com), the Maker Shed online store for DIY kits, books, and more (www.makershed.com), and the world's biggest DIY festival, Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com). "The Maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age." -- The New York Times

About Craftsman
For more than 80 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative products. The Craftsman brand was ranked as the most trusted tool brand in America in the 2008 Harris Interactive Equitrend Brand Study. For more information, log on to www.craftsman.com.

About Butler Street Foundry
Since 1891, Butler Street Foundry has crafted commercial and artisanal metalwork with the highest standards of precision and historicity. For more information, http://www.butlerstreetfoundry.com/

About Pumping Station One
Pumping Station One is a hackerspace located in Chicago. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture. http://pumpingstationone.org/

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