Lake Arrowhead. Everclear. Rob Riggle. Craftsman tools. And experts on woodworking, metalsmithing, grilling, whiskey, fantasy football and cigar rolling. What’s all that add up to? A really kickass weekend for contest winners and media put on by Craftsman, dubbed MAKEcation. See what went down in this gallery...
With literally hundreds of shiny new tools to play around with, the event truly was a DIYers dream come true.
Everclear was a surprise guest on the opening night. They played all the hits before frontman Art Alexakis shared advice on success and fatherhood.
Scott and Bob Stevens help attendee Eric Jacobi with a table saw, just one of many kickass Craftsman tools on hand at the event.
Blacksmith Beth Holmberg led a class in which participants learned how to make copper money clips like the ones in this photo. Lotta cutting and hammering, as you might guess.
The author tried his hand at using a lathe to carve a chalice from a big block of wood, with surprisingly good results—and a whole lotta sawdust.
It wasn’t all basking in the beauty of nature. Luckily survival expert Thomas Coyne was on hand to share some skills, including what (and what not) to eat in the wild.
Rocco Romeo, executive chef of LA’s Horse Thief BBQ, taught attendees like Jeff Walsma all about grilling before putting a Craftsman brand on some truly delicious pork chops.
Lest you think it was a total dudefest, there were some women there, including DIY expert Carla Bruni, shown here sanding a piece of salvaged wood on the way to turning it into a shelf.
No weekend celebration of power tools would be complete without a chainsaw artist. Thankfully, Curtis Ingvoldstad was on hand to carve a badass bear and eagle. Oh, and a bust of Rob Riggle.
Riggle himself led a fantasy football course. The most entertaining part was a discussion of what he would do with the bust. It’ll probably land on the mantle of his league’s loser, as a constant source of mockery.
Taz Ahmadi, owner of LA’s V Cut Cigar Lounge, explained the structure of cigars and showed attendees how to roll their own, which they then got to take home—along with some professionally rolled ones, of course.
What better way to finish off a manly weekend than with some fine whiskey? Todd Paul, partner at Evanston, Illinois-based distillery FEW Spirits, taught a class on the subject. And students like master builder Karl Champley were happy to sample. Photos by Casey Rodgers (AP)