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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.

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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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