Trebuchet Building

Christmas break is upon us, and what does that mean? Another chance for silly projects!

My good friend Jason Young mentioned at a party a while back that he wanted to build a trebuchet. We’ve bandied the idea about a bit since then, and finally decided that this would be the week. [Emily->], [Liam->] and I descended on Chez Young Monday afternoon and stayed until Tuesday evening, alternately playing video games, eating pizza, and working with power tools. The results of our labor? An 11 foot tall trebuchet that threw potatoes over 100 feet. (We think we could have gotten a good deal more distance out of it with some adjustments, but night was coming on fast, and we were pretty happy with our initial effort.)

For all the details, see Jason’s excellent and extensive post on the subject or enjoy the video: