One uniquely talented artist, woodworker and welder is Mark Phenicie, owner of Phenicie Furniture Restoration in Huntertown.
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Phenicie not only built a fleet of spaceships crafted from B17 and B52 oxygen tanks, but he also created an imaginative and epic story.
“I've always had an interest in listening to people tell their life story. You get all kinds of stories from different people. From an artistic standpoint, that all plays into it. You hear peoples stories, you hear about what they've been through and you think, “Wow that's really kind of cool.” Now, I've got stories to tell,” Phenicie said.
According to Phenicie's story, the spaceships were developed to explore outside worlds in search for new energy sources. The fleet includes six ships: the colony, the probe, Saturn, the communication war machine, the deep space oil recovery helicopter, the monopod oil refinery and the plow. Each ship has a specific duty.
As for an estimate time for all his hard work? He guesses about two years - and counting as he continues to create new pieces and explore the uncharted galaxy.
Phenicie created, told and displayed his work for Fort Wayne fantasy and steampunk enthusiasts with the belief that if someone puts their mind to it, they can create anything.
“To make something out of nothing is really a fun thing. It's satisfying,” Phenicie said.
Phenicie is a veteran at the faire. He said it's been great seeing his collection, and the event, grow every year.
“The Maker Faire is all about people like myself that in the privacy of their own homes and factories they are truly creative people. They're always inventing things and making things. The Maker Faire is really an area where people can show off their goods and to show others their ideas,” he said.
In addition to his work, people will be able to see rockets, robots, racing, electronics, urban farming, sustainability, woodworking, alternative energy vehicles and more. Makers are asked to actually make something on-site, have a hands-on interactive activity or offer an educational component.
Not only is the event for family-friendly fun, but it also benefits TekVenture, a public art and technology laboratory. The lab features everything from emerging technology such as 3D printers to basic building tools.
Jane Applegate, event producer for the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire, said the focus is seeing the processes, tools and materials that creative people use when making their projects.
“When I started experiencing the connection between these very diverse people when they get together and starting talking … that energy starts between those creative folks and you never know what's going to come next,” she said. “I wanted to creative a forum for my creative friends to share their energy with other creative people. We try to have interactive exhibits as possible. ”
Applegate said the maker movement is taking off and Fort Wayne is right there participating in the excitement.
“It's about learning and we want to create more Makers,” she said.
GET THE DETAILS:
What: Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 14-15
Where: Headwaters Park East
Admission: Day passes are available for $10 adults, $6 youth ages 6 to 14, and two-day passes are available for $18 for adults and $10 for youth.
To find out more about the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire visit their website.
To learn more about Phenicie Furniture Restoration visit the Facebook page.
To learn more about TekVenure visit their website.
Activities at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire include:- Modified electric ride-on toy car races (The Race & Power Racing Series)
- Maker booths featuring demonstrations of people making things
- Access to rapid prototyping equipment such as routers and 3D printers
- Workshops, demonstrations and hands-on activities such as how to solder, introduction to basic electricity and rocket launches
- A kids' area called TinkerTown
- Fire arts like welding and iron work
- Musical entertainment and sound art
- Modified vehicles including bicycles, motorcycles and art cars
- Maker supplies and food available for purchase
Source: Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire