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READY THE CANNONS! Celebrates Artisanal Artillery Through Modern Backyard Remakes

Thursday, October 13, 2016 15:54
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Engineer and explosives expert William Gurstelle provides brand-new projects for fans of his Backyard Ballistics

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Chicago -( William Gurstelle, beloved author of Backyard Ballistics, is back with a whole new assortment of homemade armaments in READY THE CANNONS!

Build Wiffle Ball Launchers, Beverage Bottle Bazookas, Hydro Swivel Guns, and Other Artisanal Artillery (October 1, 2016; Chicago Review Press) explores the world of cannons and other things that shoot.

Using basic household or hardware store materials, READY THE CANNONS! shows readers how to create a wide range of artillery items, from a simple slingshot to a potato cannon that can shoot a spud the distance of three football fields—with amazing accuracy.

Gurstelle delves into the science of what makes each of these projectiles project, as well as the history of big guns and the people behind them. Readers will learn how the bazooka got its name, hear the unlikely history behind latex rubber and discover what a “powder monkey” is, among other anecdotes.

READY THE CANNONS! brings out the big guns and is sure to prove indispensable for the legions of backyard watergunners, model-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the Fourth of July.

Praise for William Gurstelle’s book READY THE CANNONS! :

  • “Would-be rocketeers, take note: Engineer William Gurstelle has written a book for you.”—Chicago Tribune
  • “A great primer for the would-be engineer, and a wonderful chance for bonding among like-minded parents and children…Great fun!” —Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
  • “If you’d like to launch a potato in a blazing fireball of combusting hairspray from a PVC pipe, your best source is William Gurstelle.” —Time Out New York
  • “Your inner boy will get a bang out of these devices… some of them noisy enough to legally perk up a 4th of July.” —Dallas Morning News
  • “I devoured this prodigious account of all things explosive.” —Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys

About the Author:

William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics, a columnist for Make magazine and writes frequently for the The Atlantic, Maxim and Wired among other national magazines. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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