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Bones, burls, gourds. Tagua nut and ostrich eggshell. Horn, antler, fossil ivory. Shell, stone, and hide. When you start to think about it, nature offers all kinds of readymade enclosures, and materials for enclosures, that most folks don’t usually think about. Case in point, this Tiki-tastic coconut shell mini-amp, which uses the classic Little Gem amplifier circuit.

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.


  1. Love that brass enclosure.

  2. I’ve done a couple of enclosures I’m proud of. First was my wooden logic probe (http://www.galacticstudios.org/wooden-super-probe/) and second was my Windows PC inside a miniature case resembling and Altair 8800 (http://www.galacticstudios.org/mini-altair-8800-pc/)

  3. Nice! We just made an enclosure from a drum module enclosure out of an NES Advantage controller…. http://weareaudiobody.com/this-is-not-what-you-think-it-is

  4. John says:

    My project for MakerFaire Bay Area 2008
    An analog synth in an Altoids tin

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