Had a fantastic weekend in Toronto displaying and demonstrating my homemade replica of Henry Ford's first gasoline engine at the Maker Festival Toronto. We had perfect weather for it. Many people stopped by to see how one could make an engine out of plumbing parts. Had to tighten down some loose screws, and clean some debris out my intake valve, but other than that, the engine performed well. Had Nyssa as my sidekick both days, and on Sunday my friend Clayton, joined me as well. Came across lots of interesting people and exchanged some ideas for new projects. Even met a guy that did some metal casting using 3D printed patterns (to make moulds). He made this tiny owl which looked fantastic in aluminium. I definitely have to get my foundry up and running so I can make lots of other cool stuff. All and all it was well worth the time and effort to be a part of this community of makers.
Charles Baetsen holds a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.