Maker Partners: Steve’ Restorations & Hot Rods

Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is proud to have Steve’s Restorations & Hot Rods as our maker partners, fresh off this seasons nine episode feature in the History Channel’s American Restoration !

Steve’s Restorations and Hot Rods, in Frankfort, New York, specializes in high quality antique restorations, redesigns and creating one-of–a-kind vehicles and motorcycles. Owner Steve Hale is considered by many to be an industry prodigy, having been in the restoration business since he was 16 years old and painting hot rods in his garage. Years later, Steve and his crew have stepped on the gas and put their abilities to the hundreds of challenging projects that come through the shop doors each year. From “restomodding” a 1972 Gran Torino from a pile of rust into a one of a kind muscle car, to taking two vintage Cadillacs and creating a breathtaking yet functional work of art, Steve and his guys breathe new life into pieces of Americana that no one would ever think could possibly live again.

A tour around Steve Hale’s Shop..

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The paint booth is a state of the art semi down draft baking booth. The mixing room utilizes a PPG Deltron touch screen mixing system with SATA paint guns

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Shop Manager, Wylee admiring his trophies..⇑

Steve Hale, Owner of Steve’s Restorations & Hot Rods having been working on the final Mohawk Valley tribute pieces featured on the UtiCAR before it drives down to the faire..

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The Gold Dome soaks up the sun, drying it’s gilded paint job

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“The Gateway to the Adirondacks” set up

Hang out in the UtiCAR’s Adirondack style chairs

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The Mohawk Valley, the Gateway to the Adirondacks ❤

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Testing Chairs.. Approved!

Steve Hale with be on hand overseeing operations of the UtiCAR project at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire at SUNY Polytechnic this Saturday.

Join us! and help us..

ARTify the UtiCAR! The UtiCAR… Because we are UtiCAN’s!

Oh yea.,, Steve Hale is also a professional arm wrestler.. so be at the faire or he’s coming for ya 😉

Meet the Makers: STEAM Boat

Design and Float your own STEAM BOAT!

Dr. Boylan and her students enrolled in Creativity and Culture at SUNY Poly explain the concept behind STEAM Boat; their interactive programming tailored towards young makers and makers of all ages. Try your hand at building your best boat at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire this Saturday 4/16/16 from Noon – 4:00 PM.

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Making the Gold Dome!

The creative contribution from our community and support for the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is truly impressive.

Thanks to the Proctor High School sculpture students & teacher/Proctor Fine Arts Chairperson, Albert Shaw.

We’re  reconstructing another Utica landmark, a feature of the city skyline, the Gold Dome comes to Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire! Gold_Dome_Bank_09_A_BP

The M&T Bank building, formerly Savings Bank of Utica, has long been a recognizable landmark in Downtown Utica with its 23-karat gold leaf covered dome, Utica, N.Y

Proctor High School students in Albert Shaw’s sculpture class create the Gold Dome Sculpture,

“Using an extra large yoga ball, plaster craft, and cardboard forms that the students made, these student created a replica of the Utica Gold Dome Bank.  From that point, Steve Hale picked the dome up and next in the process is fiber-glassing the inside and outside of the dome to water proof this sculpture. Lastly it will be painted, and attach to car.” – Shaw

A quick look at some other projects these students are working on..

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Steve Hale inspects sculpture in progress, soon to turn Gold!

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The Gold Dome on its way to Steve’s Restorations & Hot Rods for a fiberglass finish and gold paint treatment.

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ARTify the UtiCAR at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire!

Saturday, April 16 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Press Release!

April 13, 2016

Kelly Murray, Public Relations & Social Media
(315) 534-9362;

Mohawk Valley Makers Unite! The first-ever Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire to be held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
A family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of maker culture in the Mohawk Valley.

Utica, NY — The Mohawk Valley joins a growing list of communities to organize a grassroots Mini Maker Faire that celebrates and shares the creativity and ingenuity of the local region. The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is a collaborative event where “makers” – artists, engineers, students, science clubs, designers, tech-enthusiasts, tinkerers, educators and entrepreneurs – come together to exhibit and share their creations and expertise. The inaugural Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. at the SUNY Polytechnic campus in Utica.

“One of the strengths of the Mohawk Valley is that there are a lot of creative, innovative, and resourceful individuals and groups,” says Dr. Daryl Lee, who coordinates the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and is the faire’s co-organizer. “Our goal is to help bring them all together and build a network of innovators who can share their knowledge, inspire others, and contribute to the cultural and economic revitalization of the region.”

The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event consisting of over 40 interactive exhibits, performances, and demonstrations ranging from robotics to 3d-printing, drones to rockets, poems to puppetry, modern dance and music. One of the main attractions will be the collaborative “UtiCAR” project coordinated by Sculpture Space artists George Hendrickson and Marc-Anthony Polizzi and Steve Hale of Steve’s Restorations and Hot Rods. Hale is one of the featured artists and artisans of the History Channel’s show American Restoration and together with other Mohawk Valley makers will lead faire-goers in transforming a rusty 1999 Jeep Cherokee into a work of art. Attendees will be able to participate in other play-driven, creative, and interactive experiences. Exhibitors include SUNY Polytechnic’s award winning RoboSpartans robotics team, Oneida Square Public Art and Design, Utica Bike Rescue, Toothpick World, Utica Public Library, Oneida Indian Nation Shako:wi Cultural Center, Sculpture Space, and many more.

The event is sponsored by SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Workforce Development Institute, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Club Creaticity, Auto Finishers Supply Co. and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES. The event has been organized by faculty, staff, and students from SUNY Polytechnic Institute in collaboration with partners including thINCubator, Sculpture Space, The Utica Children’s Museum, Utica Public Library, Fayetteville Free Library and Steve’s Restorations and Hot Rods.

The faire will be held 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th. Attendance is free and event-goers are encouraged to reserve their ticket in advance through the event website Registration and check-in for the event will take place in the Student Center welcome area on the SUNY Polytechnic Utica campus.

The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous flagship event, Maker Faire Bay Area, which hosts more than 130,000 visitors in San Mateo, California each year. The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event. Both share the goal of spreading the maker ethos and the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable maker culture as part of a thriving, encouraging Mohawk Valley region. The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Follow the development of the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire event on our Facebook page as well as our Twitter, Instagram & YouTube accounts, @makerfaireMV hashtag #makerfaireMV.
Kelly Murray –

Eventbrite – Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire

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*Makers Gonna Make

UtiCAR gets fresh detailing with the help of our maker partners at Sculpture Space and Steve’s Restorations and Hot Rods.

A peak at UtiCAR’s evolution..

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Looking good, UtiCAR!
⇑Surprise passenge

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UtiCAR gets a little hardware bling..

Steve Hale, Michael Alsdorf, Keith Williams and George Hendrickson working on additions. Check out the welded washer details!

Look familiar? The washer welding idea is artist/sculptor/maker Marc-Anthony Polizzi’s design, featured in his washer trash can creations on Varick St. in the brewery district.

Varick Street Shot

⇑So cool. Thanks to Marc-Anthony for the shot! His Instagram account is a must-follow @mapolizzi

What ideas will you bring to the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire?

ARTify the UtiCAR with your own design! This Saturday, April 16. 12-4PM




Fun for Makers of all Ages!

Making Fun with the Utica Children’s Museum!

The Mohawk Mini Maker Faire has interactive activities for all ages..

The Utica Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer an environment that supports every child’s natural curiosity to learn through hands-on, play-based exploration.

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The Utica Children’s Museum, in partnership with Young Einsteins, a Reggio-inspired foundation school for young children, will be at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, April 16th from 12:00 – 4:00PM.

Participate in 4 interactive, hands on stations:

  • Weave with Ribbons – this station will have two Looms; materials to weave through loom will be ribbon of various colors.
  • Design robots with magnetic materials – this station allows children to explore and design robots using magnetic materials.
  • Draw in the Sand: this station enables children to play in the sand using wooden or bamboo trays, play sand, paint brushes, and marbles.
  • Cardboard boxes – this station allows children to make anything from a collection of household item boxes, duct tape and markers.

Design Robots with Magnetic Materials!

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‘Robot Girl’ by  favorite new artist; Mia, age 4 of Young Einsteins

Get Creative with Cardboard!

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For kids and their caregivers –

Make Fun at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire!

Saturday, April 16 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute