The Future of NB Mini Maker Faire

Six months after the 2014 New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire and I am still overwhelmed by the response the Faire received. Many people have told me what a success it was, especially for a first-time event, and I would have to agree!

The Mini Maker Faire highlighted a number of wonderful Makers from our community and beyond, and the turnout – just over 1,100 people in one day – was a testimony to this city’s interest and support of Makers of all ages.

From my point of view as executive event producer, the key to the success of the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire was due chiefly to the incredible volunteer support we received from the Volunteer Planning Committee. Our volunteers spent countless hours seeking out Makers, connecting with sponsors, sorting out logistics, and promoting the Mini Maker Faire. They were amazing!

As it happens, many of these key volunteers have since moved on to other projects, achievements, and priorities. Sadly for us, this translates into a significant reduction in manpower and momentum for planning a 2015 Mini Maker Faire. With public library staff members focused on planning our Summer Reading Program (our busiest time of year), as well as a number of other exciting projects, we find ourselves without the time or ability to devote to the Mini Maker Faire.  And since we couldn’t allow ourselves to produce anything less than a bigger, better Faire, we are sorry to announce that the New Braunfels Public Library will not be hosting a Mini Maker Faire in 2015.

However, this does not mean the end of the Maker Movement in New Braunfels! If anything, we hope that 2014’s Faire was just the beginning. Now that we’ve been able to offer New Braunfels a glimpse of its potential as a Maker community, we are shifting our focus towards growing and expanding that potential.

In 2015, we will be partnering with many of the Makers who exhibited at the Faire and looking to connect with others, to offer workshops and hands-on programs to the public – free of charge, as always!

In this way, we hope to generate growth and interest in making, with a long-term goal of hosting another Mini Maker Faire jam-packed with Makers of all ages and abilities.

If you are interested in partnering with the Library for a Maker workshop, or you have an interest in volunteering to help promote, support, or fund our Makerspace, please contact us at 830-221-4300. If you would like to keep up-to-date with all Makerspace programming happening at the Library, please email reference(at)nbtexas(dot)org with your name and request to sign up for our weekly email newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

In the meantime, get your Maker Faire fix by attending a nearby Faire, like the Austin Mini Maker Faire in May 2015 or the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire, TBA!

If you are a Maker (and you probably are), please don’t hesitate to contact us about an awesome project you are working on. We would love to know about it.

Many thanks for attending our 2014 Mini Maker Faire!


Thanks for a great Faire!

Photos are in!

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Attendance at the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire was 1,100+!

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Let us know what you thought about the Faire, and what you’d like to see next year!


A big thank you to all of our Sponsors and our amazing Volunteer team! This year was wonderful and we can’t wait to start planning for 2015.


It’s Here!

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The first New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire is here! Tell your friends and come check out all of our awesome Makers and performers.

Saturday, August 2nd, 10 am – 5 pm @ NB Civic Convention Center – FREE!

See you at the Faire!

Meet our Restaurant Partners

Where can we eat at the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire?

We are happy to announce our 2014 Restaurant Partners!

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POP’TOPIA Artisan Pops will be available inside the Faire, only $3 each!

Bottled water and sodas will also be available inside the Faire for $1 each. Profits will go to the Library Robotics fund.

Outside the faire

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The New Braunfels Elks Lodge will be selling a lunch combo for Faire attendees. Hamburger, chips & fountain drink only $5.50! (Sub fries instead – $6.00) All proceeds go into the Elks Lodge general fund.

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Naegelin’s Bakery is offering a 15% discount.

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New Braunfels Coffee is offering buy one get one 1/2 off on smoothies and frappes.

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2tarts Bakery is offering a 15% discount.

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Olives Italian Market & Deli is offering a 10% discount.

All of the above eateries are located within walking distance of the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire. Take advantage of these special deals just for you!

Be a part of the Mini Maker Faire!


We’d like to thank Betty Taylor of the Herald-Zeitung for her article on today’s front page! The New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire is only a week away.

There is still time to be a part of it all!

Are you into costuming? Enter our Cosplay Contest - the deadline has been extended to July 30th. Ages 6 and up can enter to win great prizes!

Interested in volunteering? Check out our Volunteer page for more information. There are still spaces available – fill out the form or email us at

Are you a local restaurant? Partner with us to offer discounts to Maker Faire attendees! Current partners include New Braunfels Coffee and Naegelin’s Bakery. If you’d like to join the list, email us at

Interested in sponsorship? Check out our Sponsorship page and email for more information.

Got old t-shirts? Drop them off at the Library or bring them with you to the Faire and learn how to make no-sew bags and t-shirt yarn.

Tell your friends you’ll be at the Maker Faire – LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Hope to see you there!

Meet the Performer: Ellectronici

Enjoy this mini-series featuring our 2014 performers! 




Ellectronici is a local DJ, featured for the first time at the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire. In 2013, he DJ’d in Australia as part of the Asia-Pacific Invitational Robotics Competition featuring his teammates of FIRST Tech Challenge Team 6041 Field Destruction, where he blasted three never-heard songs at the Friday Night Showcase.

From his bio:

“I’m an 18 year old Electro House/Dubstep/Trance musician who will soon be starting school at the Art Institute of Austin. I’m a perfectionist so I like to get the most out of EDM by using my 2 favorite bits of software NI Massive, and NI Razor.”

He’ll be serving up a 30-minute set of pure dubstep/EDM from 4-4:30 pm! Want a preview? Click here for an hour-long mix!

Meet the Performer: Totem

Enjoy this mini-series featuring our 2014 performers! 





Totem is a locally-based dance troupe featuring dancers from San Marcos, New Braunfels, and San Antonio.

American Tribal Style® is a form of belly dance that focuses more on group interaction than group presentation. Performed in duets, trios, and quartets, this improvisational dance form is dependent on cooperation between the dancers to produce a beautiful and singular piece of art.

Created by Carolena Nericcio, American Tribal Style® is a modern style of belly dance based solely on the ethnic and folkloric influences of traditional belly dance. This influence is also represented in the elaborate costuming of the dancers. Learn more about ATS® here!

Totem is an esteemed ATS® troupe in central Texas. They are regular guests at the Overtime Cabaret Theater in San Antonio and have been featured artists in performances in New Braunfels, San Marcos, San Antonio, and Austin.

CLICK HERE to see a video of Totem performing at Overtime Cabaret.


Classes are held at Diamond Diva’s Burlesque Fitness Academy, located in the historic Landmark Lofts building in New Braunfels, TX.

Click here for the class schedule and to sign up!

Meet the Performer: Lucas Miller

Enjoy this mini-series featuring our 2014 performers! 

LUCAS MILLER is a long-time favorite of the New Braunfels Public Library.

“With a head full of science, a heart full of music and a car full of truly goofy hats and props, Lucas Miller has earned the adoration of wiggly preschoolers and sarcastic sixth graders alike. After twenty years of literally singing the praises of wildlife and ecology (which started right here in New Braunfels!) Lucas is still going strong and now reaching thousands more on YouTube. Come laugh, dance and sing with this “singing zoologist” while you learn about ocelots, wetlands, bug-filled chimichangas and other natural wonders.”

Check out his YouTube channel for lots of great songs, and come sing along at the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire!

Thank you, Lucas, for joining us once again at this special event!

Cosplay Contest open now!


As part of the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire, we are hosting a Cosplay Contest!

This costuming & prop-making contest is open to ages 6 and up. You can enter as an individual or as a group, and win cool prizes! Check out the Cosplay page for more information as well as the entry form!


Meet the Maker: Dave Dean, Flint Knapper

‘Meet the Makers’ is an ongoing series which highlights exhibitors of the 2014 New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire.

Maker: Dave Dean


Makes: Flint Knapper

Interviewed by: Shawn Chapman, New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire Organizer

“Turns out I’ve been doing this for thousands of years!”

When he’s not teaching classes at New Braunfels Public Library, baking bread or traveling with his wife, you can find Maker Dave Dean knapping. Dave is a flint knapper and a 2014 New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire exhibitor. Here is our discussion of his Maker craft.

Shawn: This is such a fascinating craft. How did you become interested in it?

Dave Dean: Well, I’ve always had a real interest in it, and recently I had my DNA analyzed and I got the partial results today. I’m 2.8 percent Neanderthal! It turns out that I’ve been doing this for thousands of years!

S: How did you actually start flint knapping?

DD: Like I said, I’ve always kind of had an interest in it. Then, four years ago, while vacationing in Wisconsin, my wife and I attended a stone tools demonstration that really piqued my interest in knapping. I talked to the guy who did the demonstration and he told me how to get started. It was pretty easy to get going.

S: What was his advice?

DD: He said if I wanted to get started that I could knock the bottom out of an empty beer bottle and start knapping on glass. He recommended that I search online videos that would show me how to make tools and different procedures to knap. And that’s what I did.

Dave Dean, knapping

Dave Dean, knapping

S: You’re completely self-taught?

DD: Yes, and with the help of YouTube. There are a lot of lessons on YouTube on knapping. Later, I found out that my grandson in Minneapolis was also starting to knap. We didn’t know that we were both working on the same thing. When he came to visit later that year, we took our tools and stuff to the park and did some knapping.

S: You started with glass. What other materials are you knapping on?

DD: Well, there are all kinds of flint. The flint around here isn’t perfect, so we have to work with it to get it to the quality we need. I really like Georgetown and Pedernales River flint; both are really good to work with. Peoria flint is from up in Illinois; it’s good quality. The volcanic glass, obsidian, is beautiful; it’s hardened and rare. It makes some really nice pieces. Alibates flint is my favorite; it’s from the Panhandle of Texas. It’s beautiful.

S: Tell me about the tools you use when knapping.

DD: Most knappers make their own tools. I use a variety of materials to make my tools. I use things like copper wire, antler, leather and stone to work with. Each tool I use does something different and in some cases different materials require different tools to knap them.

Some of Dave Dean's knapping tools.

Some of Dave Dean’s knapping tools.








S: Is there an association of knappers?

DD: No, but we do have what we call ‘knap-ins’. There’s one in Llano, Texas, and one in Johnson City, Texas, each year. This April, we had almost 40 registered knappers in attendance. All age groups, and some of these guys are so good at what they do. We get together and knap and talk about the process. Some people craft stone tools to sell. There are also vendors selling knapping tools and materials. I make some tools and sell them. I make a little money, buy some more stuff for knapping.


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S: What’s your favorite part of talking about flint knapping?


DD: It’s just fun to talk about it. I’ve had other hobbies, but this one is just very fun. I like to take a “rock” and ask the kids in my group demonstrations if they think a rock can cut a piece of leather. They all say, “No!” and then I can show them how a sharpened piece of flint can cut right through a piece of leather. The looks on their faces is just shock. And it’s just so unusual, most people have no idea how it works. When I get to talk to kids about it, they have such good questions, and they’re so interested. It’s a really good time when we go to things like Folk Fest and do demonstrations.

A small display of Dave Dean's flint and glass creations.

A small display of Dave Dean’s flint and glass creations.

S: Thank you so much for talking about this with me.

DD: You bet! It’s fun to talk about, and I really enjoy just showing it to other people.



Passionate curiosity coupled with ingenuity drives Dave Dean to create beautiful one-of-a-kind stone art pieces. Dave’s work gives us a glimpse at the tools that were used by early man. He is enthusiastic about teaching his craft, and he is a great example of the makers and the maker culture you will experience at this year’s first ever New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire, August 2, 2014!


Check back soon for another Meet the Maker post!