I’ve spent the last two years writing my just released book Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and. 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.

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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 imprecise. Even to the actual title, flamethrowers flamethroqers fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I do Didn’t finish this.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Jan 17, Dan marked it as to-read.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Books by William Gurstelle. Lots of crazy experiments in this one. All of the projects—from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower—have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.

Here are a few examples: Then check out Sweet ‘Stache: Feb 21, Thurston rated it did not like it Shelves: Alas, most of these projects aren’t suited to apartment living.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And my favorite mantra is, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Part of the book is fantastic — a useful and handy guide on how to make gunpowder and solid rocket fuel. The first part of the book goes a bit into the history of a few famous thrill seekers, then it goes into the science.


Unlike the largely geeky and solo activities on which the book is focused, the quiz is almost entirely about physical risk taking — running marathons and climbing mountains.

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This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. The voice of someone with a face you want to punch. Rock Band to throw down on over the next couple of months. Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour.

Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

Review quote “If sbsinthe ever wondered what happened to MacGyver, he lives in Minneapolis under the name of Bill Gurstelle. Jan 02, Westerville rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 29, James Targett rated it did not like it Shelves: It is, to the best of my knowledge, purely an American male phenomenon, but if you’ve found something else, please let me know.

Looking for some backyard adventures to close out your summer? About William Gurstelle William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years.

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Thanks for telling us flamethroweds the problem. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Mar 18, Desiree rated it liked it. I had issues with this book.


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Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously. The worst thing though — flametbrowers I nearly stopped reading early on because of it — was the quiz to see if you are a risk taker. Hard to describe this book. My girlfriend gave it to me for Christmas, and a quick glance shows lots of instructions on how to make your own weapons.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. And I have got to applaud his citations, lists, and excellent references. It had too much detail I’m some areas and not nearly enough in others.

Jul 09, Forrest Sontag rated it liked it.