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  • The Art of the Catapultby William Gurstelle

    Chicago Review Press 2004; US$ 13.99

    Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey—ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of... more...

  • Adventures from the Technology Undergroundby William Gurstelle

    Crown Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    The technology underground is a thriving, humming, and often literally scintillating subculture of amateur inventors and scientific envelope-pushers who dream up, design, and build machines that whoosh, rumble, fly?and occasionally hurl pumpkins across enormous distances. In the process they astonish us with what is possible when human imagination... more...

  • Absinthe & Flamethrowersby William Gurstelle

    Chicago Review Press 2009; US$ 13.99

    Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add more excitement to their lives, this daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects explains why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously. All of the projects—from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning... more...

  • Whoosh Boom Splatby William Gurstelle

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    These are the homemade machines that you?ve dreamed of building, from the high-voltage Night Lighter 36 spud gun to the Jam Jar Jet, the Marshmallow Shooter, and the Yagua Blowgun. Including detailed diagrams and supply lists, Gurstelle?s simple, step-by-step instructions help workshop warriors at any skill level achieve impressively powerful results.... more...

  • The Practical Pyromaniacby William Gurstelle

    Chicago Review Press 2011; US$ 13.99

    Combining science, history, and DIY pyrotechnics, this book for the workbench warrior explains humankind?s most useful and paradoxical tool: fire. William Gurstelle, author of the bestselling Backyard Ballistics , presents 25 projects with instructions, diagrams, photos, and links to video demonstrations that enable people of all ages to explore... more...

  • Building Botsby William Gurstelle

    Chicago Review Press 2002; US$ 19.99

    This is the definitive guide to designing and building warrior robots like those seen on BattleBots , Robotica , and Robot Wars . It walks robot enthusiasts of all ages step-by-step through the design and building process, enabling them to create any number of customized warrior robots. With a strong emphasis on safety, chapters include designing... more...

  • Backyard Ballisticsby William Gurstelle

    Chicago Review Press 2012; US$ 13.99

    This bestselling DIY handbook now features new and expanded projects, enabling ordinary folks to construct 16 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple... more...

  • Defending Your Castleby William Gurstelle

    Chicago Review Press 2014; US$ 13.99

    A man?s home is his castle, or so the saying goes, but could it withstand an attack by Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings, Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, or Tamerlane and the Tartars? Backyard Ballistics author William Gurstelle poses this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors and shows them how to... more...

  • The Night Lighter 36 Spud Gunby William Gurstelle

    O'Reilly Media 2009; US$ 1.99

    The potato cannon, a.k.a. the spud gun, is a popular and very entertaining amateur science project. It's simple to make, and few devices offer such bang for the buck. You can use the Night Lighter both day andnight, but when it's dark, the clear PVC provides an excellent view of the interior ballistics. Also, the stun gun gives better performance... more...

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