I did: Rub them on my pants so I got thorns in my leg.
Peel them barehanded so I got thorns in my hands.
Eat them so that I got thorns all around my mouth.
Stationary Van Air Conditioner
The aloha spirit means people get to do what they
want if it doesn’t hurt someone else. Here’s a van
with a regular house air conditioner in the back
window (Figure G). I assume the owners were living
in the van in a hot part of the island and had access
to an extension cord, so they came up with this
improvised source of cool.
Pandanus Key Paintbrushes
The pandanus tree has many uses. Hawaiians
made sails and sleeping mats by braiding the
leaves. The fruit is a big thing that looks sort of
like a giant pineapple. It comes apart into sections
called keys. Chew on the orange part and suck the
juice. Or pound them and wring out the juice to
dry into a sort of fruit leather. It tastes like mango/
The old fruits make good paintbrushes. I especially
like them for epoxy glue. I feel bad about throwing
away a commercial brush every time I glue something. I picked up a bunch of old keys under a tree
in Lahaina. Rub them on a wire brush to soften up
the bristles and dislodge any loose ones. The best
paintbrushes come from keys that get beaten by
the surf and then wash up. Watch out for sand that
comes out of the inner part of the key.
Surfboard Shaper Art
Photography by Tim Anderson and Star Simpson
Here’s a nifty chair made from an old windsurfing
board and boom (Figure H). Seen outside the Ding
King surfboard factory in Kahului, it was probably
made by Mark “Euroman” Raaphorst.
More island tricks: makezine.com/17/heirloom
Flower Pot From an Old Tire
Cut the sidewall off a tire in a zigzag pattern. Turn
the tire inside out. You’ll get a graceful vase shape
(Figure I). If you leave the tire mounted on the
rim, the rim becomes a pedestal for the vase. That
makes the vase even more graceful, and the cut-off
chunk of sidewall adds to the ornate base.
Tim Anderson ( mit.edu/robot) is the founder of Z Corp.
See a hundred more of his projects at instructables.com.