PART 8

Fun AND Games

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Daryl Hrdlicka teaches and performs historical reenactments at events and pageants that hearken back to the Civil War and the Victorian era. In his project for Make:, he delves even deeper into the past. At the Jeffers Petroglyphs historic site in Minnesota, he teaches young visitors how to use the atlatl—a hunting tool that’s even older than the bow and arrow. Daryl will teach you how to make an atlatl and darts, as well as how to use them.

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David Simpson deals with projectiles, too—in this case, model rockets. A private pilot and a flight instructor, he wanted to measure the G-forces withstood and the altitudes reached by his rockets. David created a handmade aerospace device that you can make for around $5 and fit into the payload chamber of your model.

Frank Yost always loved remote control cars, but the artist in him yearned for something more classic looking. When he discovered the tether racing cars, or “spindizzies,” of the 1930s, he decided to adapt that look to his own r/c cars. With some sheet metal and a few workshop tools, you can follow along with Frank’s instructions to create your own classic cars.

You’ll find more classic styling in Tom Martin’s wooden mini-yacht. Tom is more likely to be found sailing among the clouds with the gliders he crafts for his company, Aerosente. But here he’ll show you how to build an elegantly simple wooden boat to sail across pools and ponds.

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Edwin Wise likes to scare you. He’s a special effects technician and make-up artist who has worked on several movies and plays. During Halloween, he’s usually busy setting up scare effects and performing as an actor at haunted houses. As Edwin points out, you can come up with all sorts of ways to scare people, but nothing works better than a good, old-fashioned startle. His Boom Stick delivers a sudden, loud noise that will have your victims jumping out of their socks.

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John Mouton shows you how to have more fun than you’ve ever had before with remote control cars. Sure, it’s always fun to watch them race around the room. But it’s even more fun to get “inside” and sit in the driver’s seat, which you can do with an onboard camera and a pair of VR goggles. John will show you how it’s done.

The French existentialist philosophers would probably have loved Brett Coulthard’s “Most Useless Machine.” Does it signify the absurdity of existence? Or is it just absurdly entertaining? Whatever conclusions you draw, you’ll have fun building it and watching the expressions on your friends’ faces when they see what happens. The Most Useless Machine even made an appearance on The Colbert Report, where host Stephen Colbert was so delighted he kept it!

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