Friday, May 29, 2009

Big Boats from Little Chop Sticks Grow?

Wood was the original building material for humankind’s first boats and Shuhei Ogawara, who works in the Fukushima, Japan, City Hall Forestry Department, decided to go back to basics when designing a home-made canoe.

Ogawara added an environmental twist to the concept, however, by using only discarded wooden chopsticks from the city hall cafeteria - 7,382 of them! The result is a snazzy-looking canoe 13 feet long that weighs 66 pounds. You just can't beat this for ingenuity.

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