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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed.

Books absintge William Gurstelle. In general, if you don’t have the mechanical inclination to0 fill in the gaps or improvise a bit you probably won’t be able to make a working flamethrower from his recipe, but on the other hand, if you can’t do I’ll admit that I skipped most of flaemthrowers and spent a lot of time on the flamethrower instructions, and I have to say they are unclear, inconsistent, and imprecise.

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There is a listing of places to buy hard-to-find items which I plan to use for my sausage making, if nothing else. 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.

The quotes are enjoyable. This book introduced me to Hunter S. The first part of the book goes a bit into the history of a few famous thrill seekers, then it goes into the science. That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey charact Gurstelle 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.

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Absinthe and Flamethrowers

This book is intended to help risk-adverse people little-t into reasonable risk takers big-T. The Best Books of You can instead fill your home with warm, earthy scents of Leather and Cannabis. Jul 13, Laesar rated it it was ok. I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic read, but it was just disappointing.


And my favorite mantra is, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Lots of crazy experiments in this one. Most of the value that I found was in the psychology or risk-taking rather than the projects that were the intended focal point of the book. Then check out Sweet ‘Stache: The outer compartments are dedicated to work, with a tasteful blue nylon twill lining, padded laptop pouch, and various organizer pockets.

In the center, you’ll find the spacious 45L gym compartment, lined with a waterproof, wipe-down nylon. It’s not useful, but he has endnotes that point absinth interested Holmes fan towards more information. Jun 12, Chloe marked it as to-read. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions As a final aside, this book is also quintessentially American in its choices of measurements.

Then he writes about how he did it, often about how you can do it, too. At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book. This was flamethrowets the book I wanted it to be.

Sep 12, Miles rated it liked it Shelves: Stash For Later Remove. What’s more, it’s useful for those of us who want the learn to make gunpowder, but don’t see flamethroers so as a life-affirming way to reassert our manhood.

If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed. Overall, I felt Gurstelle’s writing was uneven. 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.

I’m waiting anxiously for my son-in-law’s visit to try some of these out. 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. Love your facial hair, or just like to marvel at the growth of others?


Gurstelle 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. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour.

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He spends a long and dull chapter in the front of the book talking about how risk taking defines our humanity, our selves, our lives! There’s also a ventilated shoe pocket, interior and exterior water bottle slots, a rubberized base, and a built-in locker hook. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Not quite as good as some of Gurstelle’s other books.

I’m not trying these experiments out ‘on’ him! At the end of the day you still have a book that will teach you how to build a flamethrower, and if you ask me, that’s still worth a ton. Now I know how to make gun powder among other things.

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.

Using flametyrowers same printing techniques as fine art galleries, each photo is hand printed to order on Fuji crystal archive paper, numbered and certified, and comes encased inside a hand-made solid wooden frame that’s ready to hang. Oct 05, Chris rated it liked it.

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