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Four Maine Maker Happenings We’re Applauding

Big-screen cameos to butt-cheek chairs.

Four Maine Maker Happenings We're Applauding

$29 million

Opening-week box office for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which stars Saoirse Ronan and also a Civil War-era printing press rented to the production by Portland’s David Wolfe. A collector of antique presses, Wolfe runs boutique printer Wolfe Editions. In the film, the pages of Jo March’s novel roll off his 1830s machine.


Four Maine Maker Happenings We're Applauding

$15,000

Amount the Maine Technology Institute awarded Stonington’s Owl Furniture, a grant to help founder Geoffrey Warner manufacture a post-consumer–plastic version of the ergonomically friendly stools he’s long made from wood. (The secret is butt-cheek holes.)


Four Maine Maker Happenings We're Applauding

$6,640

Funds raised at the Lisbon boutique Eastcraeft to pay down students’ school-lunch debt in the town’s public schools. Owner Maggie Oliver donated all sales from a special knit hat, plus a percentage of a weekend’s profits during the holiday shopping season.


Four Maine Maker Happenings We're Applauding

$87

Cost (plus shipping and tax) of a peacock-patterned bow tie like the one Jack Black wears in this winter’s film Jumanji: The Next Level. Kennebunk’s Lisa Eaton, founder of Bowtie.com, designed the same character’s ties for 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.