A simple shed up a gravel drive off a country road in rural Virginia is not where you’d expect to find the world’s largest stockpile of one of the great engineering materials. But find it there you will. The material is a tropical hardwood called lignum vitae (LIG-num VYE-tee). And the stockpile is the property and passion of a man named Bob Shortridge.
MAKE Volume 34: Join the robot uprising! As MAKE's Volume 34 makes clear, there’s never been a better time to delve into robotics, whether you’re a tinkerer or a more serious explorer. With the powerful tools and expertise now available, the next great leap in robot evolution is just as likely to come from your garage as a research lab. The current issue of MAKE will get you started. Explore robot prototyping systems, ride along with the inventors of the OpenROV submersible, and learn how you can 3D-print your own cutting-edge humanoid robot for half the price. Plus, build a coffee-can Arduino robot, a lip balm linear actuator, a smartphone servo controller, and much more