As an illustrator who straddles the worlds of art and science, Nik loves to make things and has always appreciated well-drawn instructions. Working on the illustration for the Kite Aerial Photography project was inspirational to him. "I remember thinking how amazingly thorough and well-presented Charles Benton's reference work was. The rig iteself was also a triumph. He had created a product that reflected truly exceptional standards of design, function, and aesthetics, out of materials, as humble as rubber bands and popsicle sticks."
The San Francisco resident continued, "It reinforced the idea that good design doesn't have to be expensive and that, in fact, thet best design makes the most use out of the fewest resurces. To have the opportunity to help illuminate these really clever projects for others is really enjoyable for me."
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Kult of the Kart
Cyclekarts are pint-sized (yet adult-piloted), prewar-style racers that are equal parts art object and four-wheeled mayhem generator.
From MAKE: 26: Karts and Wheels page 54
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Medicine Man Glider
Build a majestic, 5-foot-wingspan model airplane inspired by stick-and-tissue designs of the 1930s, then fly it free or radio-controlled and watch it outclass all the toy-store plastic.
From MAKE: 17: Lost Knowledge page 108
A mast-mounted aerial photography rig.
From MAKE: 16: Spy Tech page 106
The Basics of Weaving
A short tutorial on the art of weaving.
From CRAFT: 08: Weaving page 44
Build and demonstrate an active vibration-damping system in the form of a desktop "skyscraper" that uses integrated sensors, actuators, and electronics to cancel out vibrations.
From MAKE: 13: Magic page 134
The Family Photo Archive
Use simple, powerful tools to rescue your photos from stored obscurity and turn them into a DVD slideshow.
From MAKE: 12: Upload page 64