trebuchet

Now Taking the Mound… a Trebuchet!

In what will surely be hailed as a victory for makers and baseball-loving fans of Medieval siege weaponry everywhere, a 10-foot trebuchet built by Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP will huck the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game Sept. 1 when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Continue Reading

Tiny Trebuchet Launches Virtual Bananas

ITP students Will Jennings and Lia Martinez built a small catapult (not a trebuchet in the strictest sense) that, when pulled back and released, announces “Banana” and triggers a video projection of said fruit flying into the wall. From Lia’s site:

Continue Reading

Smugglers caught with weed-flinging catapult

My pal Alan Dove has thoughtfully suggested that these guys might’ve done better to build themselves a trebuchet.

Continue Reading

MAKEcation trebuchet bundle in the Maker Shed

The folks in the Maker Shed have put together a special bundle for our Family Challenge. The MAKEcation Trebuchet (Flingin’ Things) Bundle contains Bill Gurstelle’s book, The Art of the Catapult, our Mini trebuchet kit, and a Maker’s Notebook. Read up on the history of this ancient weapon of war, build a lovely 4″ x […]

Continue Reading

How to build a catapult part 3 – Hollywood inspirations

Has anyone else noticed a lot of movies with trebuchets and other catapults in them? I sure have. For instance, they were the special-effects stars in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, particularly, the Return of the King. They’ve been on TV as well: Fox Sports, the Simpsons, Northern Exposure, PBS Nova, Warner Brother’s cartoons and probably many others.

Continue Reading