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Call it the blissfully happy marriage of geekdom, shop class, the arts, and good old-fashioned crafts. This union was blessed with children and grandchildren who grew up to be all those single things—geek, artist, crafter, etc.— but also funky hybrids like a welder who makes art bikes, a geek who writes computer code that powers interactive (but not stuffy) art installations, a graphic designer that makes authentic R2-D2 replicas, or a librarian that makes pocket-sized web servers. Maker Faire is this bunch’s family reunion.

Read my October 9, 2014 Pulse story.