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William Gurstelle

William Gurstelle

William Gurstelle is a contributing editor of MAKE. The new and improved edition of his book Backyard Ballistics is out now.

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Make the mechanism that put the movies on the big screen. Read more »


Can humans fly by flapping? Nope. But they can build a small, rubber band-powered ornithopter whose motion is similar to a bird in flight. Here's how! A classic project from William Gurstelle from the pages of MAKE Volume 08. Read more »


Build the simple plane that defined modern aircraft — 100 years before the Wright brothers. Another fun and fascinating project from William Gurstelle's "Remaking History" column in MAKE. Read more »

Photo by Karen K Hansen.

And the winner is: the Hackmobile, the brainchild of four makers based at Minneapolis’s Hack Factory! The Hackmobile’s designers take home first-place honors and a $10,000 check in the Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge, an engineering design contest that challenged makers to design their Ultimate Maker Vehicle out of a 2014... Read more »


Decipher the siphon and build a high-class practical joke, with this ancient prank from Bill Gurstelle's "Remaking History" column. Read more »


Here's how to build a blaster that unleashes carbon dioxide gas to launch T-shirts and other projectiles. CAUTION: Build at your own risk. This is another hazardous, perilous project from MAKE Volume 35. Read more »


Cook up a solid-fuel rocket engine and let it fly. CAUTION: Build at your own risk. This is another dangerous project from MAKE Volume 35. Read more »