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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan

Throw a stone at any gathering of makers, and you're likely to hit somebody who owns a set of DIY-savant Dave Gingery's classic books on building your own machine shop by casting scrap aluminum, melted in a charcoal-powered bucket furnace, into sand molds formed by wooden patterns. I've owned a... Read more »

The quintessentially Dutch, singularly functional, aesthetically innovative, and yet alluringly strange table in question is by designer Wouter Scheublin. "Walking Table," as it is cleverly named, is human-powered, incorporating a mechanical linkage that converts gentle lifting and pushing of the top into oscillations of the legs that move the table... Read more »

Yup. Somebody--specifically Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki--went to the trouble of building a motorboat shaped like a zipper pull just for the sake of the aerial sight gag of its wake suggesting a parting zipper. And just for the record, this is clearly a jacket-zipper-pull motorboat, not a pants-zipper-pull motorboat, so... Read more »

Respected automata builder, blogger, and long-time MAKE pal Dug North has started collating plans for whirligigs, mechanical toys, and other automata in a single page. Read more »

There's something about plush renderings of objects that would otherwise be terrifying that really appeals to me. Read more »

Before you reach for your incredulous hat, however, understand that the "passages" in question are really more like pipes. Approximately 20 cm square and winding upwards through the massive stone structure along a series of sharp corners, the two shafts in question connect to the so-called "Queen's Chamber" in the... Read more »

Who hasn't driven past a high-voltage power line and thought that the pylons looked like Wagnerian giants? This concept design from Boston architects Choi + Shine would take that romantic notion and turn it into what might be, if actually completed, the world's largest sculptural art installation. Unfortunately, it looks... Read more »