Absinthe Flamethrowers has ratings and 36 reviews. Amanda said: There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. photo by Scott Beale My friend writer William Gurstelle, who writes for Make Magazine and is one of the producers of Make: Television, has a. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and.
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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Ironically, his solid research is the best part of the book. I had issues with this book.
Absinthe and Flamethrowers
I’m all for living “on the edge,” but his idea of what a dangerous man might do is a bit There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Overall, I felt Gurstelle’s writing was uneven. In general, if you don’t absinnthe the mechanical inclination to0 fill in the gaps or improvise a bit you probably won’t be able to make a working flamethrower from his recipe, but on the other hand, if you can’t do I’ll admit that I skipped most of this and spent a lot of time on the flamethrower instructions, and I have to say they are unclear, inconsistent, and flamethroers.
Return to Book Page. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real-life experience changes a person, and Gurstelle will help you discover the true thrill of making black powder along with dozens of other edgy activities.
There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.
This daring combination of abd, history, and DIY projects will show you how. The grandkids will love it. Oct 05, Chris rated it liked it. As a final aside, this book is also quintessentially American in its choices of measurements. My favorit There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.
Refresh and try again. The most interesting thing that doesn’t involve explosives is his very glancing section of bartitsu, the martial art practiced by Sherlock Holmes. If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed. Maybe that’s why I picked the book up?
Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I don’t really see drinking absinthe as risky. Mar 18, Desiree rated it liked it. What would the world be like if Thomas Edison retired after 30 years working for the railroad, it asks, instead of getting fired for blowing up a rail car with one of his experiments?
Mar 14, Mihaela Chantova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 16, Jack rated it liked it. Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add more excitement to their lives, this daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects explains why danger is good for you and details the art of living flamethrowes. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: Feb 27, Clint Flatt rated it really liked it Shelves: About William Gurstelle William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic absintne for flamethroweds than 30 years.
Jan 17, Dan marked it as to-read. Admittedly, I don’t live dangerously. Jul 04, Alison rated it liked it. What’s more, it’s useful for those of us who want the learn to make gunpowder, but don’t see doing so as a life-affirming way to reassert our manhood.
Sep 12, Miles rated it liked it Shelves: At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how to do dangerous things.
Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field. Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however short – make me want to shut any conversation abinthe before I’m being offered off-the-grid land in Montana.
Jul 13, Laesar rated it it was ok.
I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic read, but it was just disappointing. This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. Most of the value that I found was in the psychology or risk-taking rather than the projects that were the intended focal point of the book.
Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. The particular examples — drinking absinthe, compounding one’s own black powder in the garage — do not particularly appeal to me, yet I found it a strangely fun read. To ask other readers questions about Absinthe Flamethrowersplease sign up.
All of the projects – from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrower – have short learning curves; are human-focused, as opposed to technology-centric; are affordable; and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however sh I had issues with this book.
I just started it yesterday, but so far, it is enlightening. As it turns out, I am either a dyed-in-the-wool little-t, or to lazy and apathetic to go to the trouble of becoming a big-T. Jan 09, Amanda rated it liked it. Here are a few examples: Thompson and possibly even more important I don’t even turn the volume up on my headphones past halfway.