The Atlatl

Before the bow and arrow there was the atlatl*, or spear-thrower, an ancient weapon that could throw a spear or dart with enough force to penetrate a mammoth’s hide. It was used in North America for about 10,000 years, and used by native Australians and Aleuts as recently as 50... Read more »

Ribbon-Tie Sandals

Nearly as long as humankind has roamed the earth, people have been wearing shoes. Ancient Egyptians, Indians, and East Asians began sporting wooden sandals thousands of years ago. Thankfully, inexpensive power tools have sped up the tedious process of carving ergonomic shoes from slabs of wood. Add a few interchangeable... Read more »

Circuit Board Cabinet

In our consumer society, most materials are discarded once they become old or obsolete. Many of these rejects have a hidden beauty that can be brought back to life in a new form; discarded or never-used printed circuit boards (PCBs) fall into this category. A consequence of the high-tech bubble... Read more »

Build a projBox Controller

The finished projBox controller provides physical inputs for your software in addition to the computer’s conventional keyboard and mouse. The combination of open-source enclosure schematics and the use of standard electronic components provides an infinitely customizable prototyping platform. The projBox is specifically designed to integrate with software written in Processing,... Read more »

Wooden Table

Before moving off to college I wanted to build something that would be suitable as a kitchen table and double as my desk for studying. It needed to be sturdy and robust enough to last through college and for the years to come, yet I did not want to build... Read more »