Enrichment Resources

If you're interested in designing & making things, then check out these projects:

The largest wooden bowl in the world!!!

Some woodturning enthusiasts in Austria took the philosophy of "go big or go home" to extremes. They decided to turn a giant spruce wood bowl measuring more than 13 feet in diameter and more than 3 feet deep.
Of course, the first challenge faced by Peter Andres and Werner Rumplmayr of Gurtis, Austria, was finding a woodturning lathe to spin such a massive piece. Their solution was to use a tractor mounted on a stacked platform made from railway sleepers. Then they removed a tyre and wheel to mount their turning blank directly to the tractor drive hub.
Another challenge was creating the turning blank itself. Using a technique known as segmented turning. They created a blank by gluing together 486 segments of spruce in a bricklaid pattern using special glue. The gluing process alone took 430 hours.
Then they had to mount a metal ring on the back of the turning blank so it could be mounted to the tractor hub. The mounting itself required a special framework and a forklift to move the giant blank.
When it came to the actual turning, they did everything with handheld gouges on heavy-duty metal tool rests. By the time they were done (20 hours later across three days) they had created more than 650 pounds of wood shavings.



Chindogu is the Japanese art of inventing silly and useless gadgets to solve everyday problems. Translated literally, ‘Chindogu‘ means valuable or priceless tool. Japan has always been known to be innovative, but sometimes it's hard to believe how ridiculous some of their inventions are. I believe they don't have any limits during their creative process, they create what they want to create. And when you let inventors create what they want, they come up with some pretty odd inventions. Yes, these inventions are genius, but you would probably look pretty silly using them out in public.

Can you guess what these products are designed to do?