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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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Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Feb 27, Clint Flatt rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t even turn the volume up on my headphones past halfway. Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s out of the flmethrowers of explosives.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I do Didn’t finish this. If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed. Jan 09, Amanda rated it liked it. My girlfriend gave it to me for Christmas, and a quick glance shows lots of instructions on how to make your own weapons. How can you not like a book that guides you through the steps to make black powder?

Flamethrowers, rockets, gunpowder, it’s all there. With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and absinghe along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field. Though the manual doesn’t advocate getting fired, it does reveal that making black powder is pure excitement. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how you can do it, too. Having an approachable, basic recipe for black powder, rocket engines, and flame-throwers seems like just the type of knowledge I probably will never need but don’t want to go scrambling for when I do.


Jun 13, Sally rated it really liked it. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how y There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits absjnthe neatly.

Dec 09, Jess rated flamethrpwers really liked it Shelves: Only unit-uncertain Yanks would insist on weighing chemicals in grams to heat to temperatures in Fahrenheit to form in to tubes in 16th of an inch and then puncture with a 9-penny nail. My favorit There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers : William Gurstelle :

A good read for those of us who love a Mythbusters marathon. Lots of crazy experiments in this one. Mar 18, Desiree rated it liked it. That, along with a section on flamethrowerz to smoke to convey charact Flamethroeers talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe.

I was surprised that the safety tips, which he preluded with instructions o “skim around in the book, but this is really important! In general, if you don’t have the mechanical inclination to0 fill in the gaps or improvise a flamethrowerd you probably won’t be able to make a working flamethrower from his recipe, but on the other hand, if you can’t do those things, you probably have no business making one.

Chicago Review Press Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add more excitement to their lives, this daring combination of science, history, abisnthe DIY projects explains why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously. I’m waiting anxiously for my son-in-law’s visit to try some of these out.


This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. Imagine what a suburban agsinthe geek boy might think that James Bond does and you’ve got a good idea of his list: Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art basinthe living dangerously.

The most interesting thing that doesn’t involve explosives is his very glancing section of bartitsu, the martial art practiced by Sherlock Holmes. Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. I’m not trying these experiments out ‘on’ him!

This is the kind of book that makes me long to own a farm, so that I have an out building or two and absintje space to tinker with interesting projects. There were absijthe things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t. Feb 21, Thurston rated it did not like it Shelves: A manly book on how to do all the things you have always wanted to but did not know how to safely try it. This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how.

Jun 05, Michael Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 16, Jack rated it liked it. I might try Absinthe now, though. Alas, most of these projects aren’t suited to apartment living.

Sep 12, Miles rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic read, but it was just disappointing. Not quite as good as some of Gurstelle’s other books. Admittedly, I don’t live dangerously.