Wednesday, July 15 2015 22:19

Join the Craftsman Club & Enter to Win a Chance to Attend the Craftsman MAKEcation in Brooklyn!

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Craftsman CrewTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Sears as a paid member of the Craftsman Crew. Are you #MadeToMake?

As a kid, the first tools that I ever came to know were Craftsman. Most of those were purchased from the classic Sears store in the long-gone Park Forest Plaza - a store that I have many memories of - a place that seemed larger-than-life. Of those tools, one thing that I eventually inherited was a set of screwdrivers from the late 70s/early 80s - the same ones I use here at Rock Father HQ today... the ones still sold by Craftsman all these years later, and still Made in the USA. They've been regularly-used tools for nearly four decades, and now I use them on my girls' toys. But age has instilled in me a growing urge to make things.

The Craftsman Club is a (Free!) Members-Only community where makers of all levels can interact, share projects and learn. It's also a huge source of inspiration, and that's where much of my interest lies - to marvel in what can be accomplished, and get ideas for projects that I will one day dig into. Whatever your interest - Automotive, DIY, Home Improvement, Metalsmithing, Woodworking, Gardening and beyond - the Craftsman Club has something for you. I'm a member, and you should be, too.

This September, the Craftsman MAKEcation is coming to Brooklyn, New York - a modern day mecca for maker culture. There, visitors will go hands-on with the latest Craftsman Tools, walk the aisles of the World Maker Fair, and learn to enhance their skills - or gain new ones - from a stellar line-up of guest speakers. MAKEcationers will experience some incredible things over the course of three days, and the folks at Craftsman are giving readers a chance to win the ultimate DIY getaway - a trip to the Craftsman MAKEcation, and a one-of-a-kind experience. Enter now and get all the benefits of a Craftsman Club Membership (again, Free!) along with your chance to win.

One of my recent projects with the girls was a Pinewood Race Car for a charity event. I hadn't built a derby car in about 30 years, but a Rock Father Pinewood Car now exists!

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It's not perfect, but we made it - and it even has tiny Illinois license plates that say "Rock Father." And all the little weights that I placed in the bottom of it? All screwed-in with an almost 40-year-old Craftsman screwdriver...

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The Craftsman Club is part of the Shop Your Way Network, so any purchases made will earn points redeemable at Craftsman.com, Sears or Kmart.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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