Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

Origami Ukulele

Friday, May 18th, 2012

A freelance engineer who’s won awards for his mobile phone concept designs has taken his passion for origami and applied it to music. Brian Chan has invented a folding ukulele, made of laser-cut pieces of bamboo plywood. The engineering makes it even more portable than a normal ukulele. By disengaging the strings, one can fold the neck and headboard into the body of the instrument. The result—something that resembles a turtle—can be easily thrown into a pack. If you really want to connect with the design, there’s a kit available. Get details on where to buy it and watch him describe here.


Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Most people don’t usually think of their yards as containing any structures other than their house, their garage (if it’s not attached to their home), and perhaps a garden shed. The nest in this pine tree got me thinking about how many buildings are actually on my property. I’ve tended to think of the animals and birds I’ve seen as visitors just passing through, though with the woodchuck, I think that’s just wishful thinking. Once you begin to look, you see that there is quite a range of design choices!