Meet your Makers: The Stump Artist, Jesse Toso

Toso Wood Works

This is Jesse Toso, aka the Stump Artist. He’s the creative force behind Toso Wood Works. He also likes to carve things with a chainsaw. Jesse has been an award winning chainsaw carver for over 10 years and demonstrates his talents in shows and competitions across Canada.

Toso Wood Works

Toso Wood Works sources salvaged, wind fallen or beach combed wood to create unique pieces that reflect a west coast lifestyle. They love wood with a story, like their spalted maple coffee table created from a stump salvaged on northern Vancouver Island, or their tables made from trees that fell in the 2006 storm that ravaged Stanley Park.

Jesse will be at Maker Faire with his chainsaw so you won’t want to miss him!

Toso Wood Works

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Meet Your Makers: Obscurius

The Obscurious duo (comprised of Amy Fielder and Niel McLaren) combine the art of needle felting with programmable lighting and whimsy to bring you a bazaar of impossible creatures.

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At their booth, you’ll see glowing wool sculptures brought to life with embedded LEDs. Sculptural needle felting is a relatively young art form developed in the 1980s. The technique uses notched needles and wool to create 2D or 3D designs.

Amy and Niel discovered needle felting at the 2015 Eastside Culture Crawl and were excited by the enormous variety of shapes that could be created, and are now combining this textile medium with computer-controlled LEDs and EL wire to create soft, glowing sculptures. They are interested in exploring the lighting, colour, and shape of deep sea creatures, viscera, and fungi.

Amy Fielder is a designer for children’s cartoons, a portrait painter, and a fan of the humourously grotesque. Lately, she’s been translating her sketchy weirdness into creating huggable things. Niel McLaren likes to create interactive experiences. He is interested in different conceptions of time and space and in crossovers between computer algorithms and natural forms.

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We’ve got workshops!

2016 Workshops

Our workshop list is now live! Check out the list of workshops and be sure to register in advance if you’re interested in participating in any of them.

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Meet Your Makers: Wil Wong – One-on-One Shootout Hockey

Upon leaving 2014’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Wil Wong couldn’t wait to attend the next one… not as a spectator, but to join the Maker community as an exhibitor!
Wil Wong One-on-One shootout hockey
This is a common theme with people that attend. Many makers that exhibit were attendees previously. Maker Faire’s have a tendency to show people that everyone is a maker and we all have something we’re passionate about…and many like to show it off.

If you enjoyed Wil’s Star War-inspired table hockey game last year then you won’t want to miss this year’s creation: the world’s largest scaled interactive One-On-One Shootout table hockey game. The classic showdown challenge of player versus goalie, bigger than you’ve seen it before! There will be plenty of room for maneuvering as the playing surface is 10 foot long. Drop by and be a part of the action!

Wil graduated from Langara’s Art & Merchandising program. His many passions include writing music, inventing, and collecting table hockey games. He is an art director for a trade magazine, and is writing a book about the history of table hockey.

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