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William Gurstelle

William Gurstelle

William Gurstelle is a contributing editor of Make: magazine. His new book, Defending Your Castle: Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats and More is now available.

Latest from William Gurstelle

RemakingHistory-Rubber-1-co

Re-create the process that gave us car tires, rubber bands, and the boots on your feet Read more »

make_mag_illo

Before homes were electrified, people lived in constant danger of clothing and surroundings catching on fire from the oil lamps and cooking fires used in daily life. As the study of chemistry became more rigorous, scientists began to think about how to protect people from this hazard. The person who... Read more »

M41_RemakingHistory_Opener-1

Use the fascinating Möbius strip to make a spill-proof coffee cup carrier. Read more »

Airic robot aarm developed by Festo AG uses air muscles controlled by tiny piezo proportional valves, 2007. —Credit: Festo AG & Co. KG

A father’s love inspired this A-bomb maker to invent a pneumatic actuator that’s used in robots today. Read more »

RemakingHistory

Re-create the incendiary reaction that welded the world’s modern railways. Read more »

M38_RemakingHistory-15

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 »