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And with this “Curiously Strong Trebuchet” I think we’ve reached some sort of unholy singularity where everything that can possible go in or on a mint tin has done so. Now I think we’re all going to die.

The Curiously Strong Trebuchet: A Pocket Sized Medieval Siege Engine

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. John Park says:

    Hence the purple velvet coffin interior backdrop.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I never thought of it that way. I just thought it looked medievalish.
      (I am the author of that instructable)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a catapult, NOT a trebuchet. AFAIK this uses rubber bands instead of a counterweight like a trebuchet would.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a form of a trebuchet called a spring trebuchet.