MAKER’S WAY is a curated discovery of incredible local makers and their products in the places they create. Hidden in your hometown are the people that are quietly doing what they do best: making world class, thoughtfully-designed products.
Think Parts Unknown meets How It’s Made: Maker’s Way is a journey to find these people and tell their stories. Every episode travels to a real destination across New England, connected by a destination theme (e.g. “On the Water” or “In the Mountains”). Our stories unfold through conversations with expert makers as they share their products in the places and spaces aligned with each episode’s theme. As we meet each maker, we learn about their products and bring them along to equip ourselves on each journey. Makers expertly curate suggestions on what to explore next in each MAKER’S WAY episode.
W.A. Bean & Sons
Our first stop along Maker’s Way.
For 160 years, W.A. Bean & Sons has been one of the nation’s finest butcher shops. Food & Wine agrees, having recently named W.A, Bean & Sons as one of the Best Butcher Shops and Meat Markets in America. Joins as in Bangor to tour the home and history of home of the red snapper hot dog!
Airing on Places & Spaces
Saturday, September 18 – 7:30PM
NBC News Center Maine
One hundred and twenty years ago the son of a sea captain founded a business in his family’s smokehouse to produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning sardine industry. Three years later the young entrepreneur moved the mustard mill to the location that it would reside at for the next century. Though Maine’s sardine canneries are only a memory, the historic mustard stone mills remain, and welcome visitors to Raye’s Historic Old Stone Mill Museum. Join us along Maker’s Way as we visit with a wonderful family business now four generations strong.
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Maker’s Way Debut
Watch the Season Premiere
Places & Spaces
Season Four of Places and Spaces gets underway at our very own O’Maine Studios with a tour from Rory Strunk showcasing the many ways the studio supports businesses, events, and culinary demos. Maker’s Way debuts during the season premiere with a visit with the iconic W.A Bean & Sons in Bangor.
UPCOMING FEATURED MAKERS
We can’t wait for you to hear the stories of these incredible makers. We will be sure to share when each segment will be aired on NBC and the premiere date of the first full Maker’s Way episode and journey.
PETER LIMMER CUSTOM BOOTS
In the shadow of New England’s tallest peaks, nestled on a small road in Intervale, New Hampshire, we find the birthplace of perhaps the world’s most desired boot. Since 1919, Peter Limmer & Sons have been crafting some of finest footwear in the world. The Limmer Custom Boot tradition began in a small shop in Peterskirchen, Germany, before finding its home in 1950 in New England’s White Mountains. Across four generations of boot makers, the business has shod feet of the famous and not so famous across the world.
LORING OUTDOORS COMPANY
In Old Town, Maine, the Wabanaki tradition of handcrafted pack baskets is flourishing. The Loring Outdoors Company was born from this beautiful cultural tradition when Wane Loring learned how to weave pack baskets from his father, Eugene Loring, a Penobscot Tribal Member and Master Basket Weaver. Wane wondered if he could improve on the technique to produce a less expensive, yet more durable product. After a year of research and development, Wane had created a synthetic pack basket that was nearly indestructible.
NORTHERN SOLSTICE ALPACA FARM
Since 2006 Robin & Corry have been growing some of the finest quality alpaca fiberin the nation. Their breeding selection program involves a scientific analysis of each alpaca’s fiber to create the best possible end product. At Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm a focus on function, fashion, and sustainability creates the foundation for socks that foster happy feet while walking in the woods. Unity, Maine is appropriately named for this farm’s serene setting and its peaceful, passionate and profound love of Alpacas.
No one knows outdoorswear like L.L. Bean. Maker’s Way is excited to learn from with Meghan Newton, a masterful garment designer. Drawing upon inspiration from her roots in North Conway, New Hampshire, Meghan blends her extensive background in fashion from Italy to create outerwear that helps people experience the restorative power of the outdoors. Her approach is sustainable and timeless, a reminder that L.L. Bean who has been making the most of every moment outside since 1912.