Meet the Makers… Nathanael Jones

PVC whistlesMusician and instrument-maker Nathanael Jones has been repairing his own instruments as needed for years, as well as working in ceramics and making model steam engines.  A few years ago when short on cash and long on time he began to make traditional Irish ‘tin’ whistles from PVC pipe instead of metal–his whistles are highly praised for their sweet tone and clean sound.  In the hands of a skilled player many of his whistles are able to play three full octaves.

He also makes ceramic drums: udus, dumbeks and, cajóns.  He is an amateur luthier as well; he builds (and repairs) guitars, electric guitars, and experimental guitars.  And he once made an intonarumori, a kind of noise instrument invented by Futurist composer Luigi Russolo in the 1910′s.  (Here’s a video of Nathanael’s intonarumori:

An Evanston resident, Nathanael can often be found playing at the Irish session at the Celtic Knot when he isn’t in his workshop building instruments.  He will be at Evanston Mini Maker Faire on Sunday.

Meet the Makers.. Adam Dzak

Introducing Apollo-13

Adam Dzak had an overwhelming desire to build the mystery mixing device that beloved artist DJ Sasha.  Dzak’s Appollo-13 is a replica of Sasha’s Maven which is a physical control board for Ableton Live.

Starting from scratch with little knowledge of electronics, machine design or construction techniques. Adam joined Pumping Station: One last March and started working on his design. Last week Adam released Apollo-13. Adam will be showing, demonstrating and performing at the Evanston Mini Maker Faire on August 5th.  Continue reading

PPPRS Power Wheels Racing Chicago Night Event in Evanston

The Pow Pow Power Wheels Racing  Series will culminate the racing season with it’s first night race in Evanston (map) this year.

Teams of big people from all over the midwest will be racing souped up little vehicles for speed (limited) and Moxie style (no limits).

The Evanston Mini Maker Faire is hosted by the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston and Pumping Station: One in Chicago. With a lot of help from


Evanston Mini Maker Faire

Thanks everyone!

We want to thanks for participating in the first ever Evanston Mini Maker Faire.
Despite the harsh weather on Saturday, the chaos of the postponed set-up and the normal gate opening, the makers, the volunteers, and the attendees didn’t let anything stop them. People were lined up at the gate at 6:00 waiting to see the awesome Makers at the Faire.

We want to give an very special thank you to the Power racing series organizers,  the teams, and the announcers and officials for making the event especially awesome Saturday night and Sunday.
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