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


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


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


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, designed the same character’s ties for 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.