Monday, February 22, 2010

Tool Photos

"The Tunnel Taxi" by Chad, age 8, Ontario, Canada
Chad says it's a "tool that drills tunnels through the ground, mighty rocks and volcanoes while transporting people across the world." A world-wide taxi and a drilling machine! Just what I always thought was missing in our world! I especially like the driver's top hat, for when he is a chauffeur. But you can't beat the two rock crushing chainsaws on the front with fire spewing out from behind. Awesome invented tool, Chad!

"Hammer" by Spencer, age 5, Arizona, USA
Nice hammer design! Great sturdy headpiece for hitting things with, and a good, long handle for grip. Way to go, Spencer!

"Dragon Slayer" by Nathan, age 7, Arizona, USA
Yikes, this looks like a deadly tool for slaying dragons! I like how long it is, so you don't have to get too close to any dragons. The slightly pointed tip reminds me of a sword, and the holes in the handle part would be great for cooling off those sweaty hands. Great design, Nathan!

"The Mega Driller" by Simon, age 7, Saskatchewan, Canada
Simon tells me "this drills down into deep caves. The control booth swivels 360 degrees around, and the drill arm moves up and down. To make the drill turn, you spin the grey thing on top of the drill with your hand." Very elaborate creation. I'm noticing how this machine has a nice wide base to counter the weight of the huge drill arm. I love how you can physically move the drill bit yourself, for added drama. Wonderful creation, Simon!

"Vordo Paintbrush/Motorcycle Tool" by Isaac, age 5, Saskatchewan, Canada
I am very intrigued by this construction, and perhaps especially the title. What comes to mind is a special vehicle that paints the lines on the highway roads. This one seems especially fast, thus suited for the high speeds of highway travel. The two extra large wheels at back would give this motorcycle some serious acceleration. The protruding nose of the vehicle seems to be where the paint would come out. What an interesting creation, Isaac.

"The Grabber", by Nico, age 8, Saskatchewan, Canada
Nico says "it's a strong bionic hand." This looks as though it would clamp up on an object, and like the title says, grab something. Nice monochromatic colour scheme. This is a great, compact design, specially suited to take with you, for all your grabbing needs. Great balance and symmetry, Nico!

by Ben, age 7, West Midlands, England
Ben tells me "it's a grape crusher, to make them softer to eat for dogs and for chickens." What a cool design, so tiny you could keep it in your pocket. You never know when you will suddenly have a need to feed softer grapes to dogs or chickens! But you will be ready with this brilliant contraption! I especially love how you've shown us scale by having the grape in the creation. I'd imagine, if this design was built much larger, you might have a grape crusher for making grape juice? So cool, Ben!

by Hetty, age 9, West Midlands, England
Hetty says "it's a grinder for getting rocks out of your vegetable patch. The front piece slices up the rock and sends it up the tubes. The back piece grinds it into sand which is used to run the machine." What a brilliant machine this is. I have always labored by hand with all those nasty stones in my garden, now there is a tool, especially for the job. The most impressive feature of this machine is that it takes something you don't want, rocks in your garden, and not only removes them but turns them into the fuel that runs this very machine. Superb green design, Hetty!

"Invisible Ray Gun", by Nic, age 8, Arizona, USA
Nic says "whatever you shoot it at, turns invisible." I am really glad this gun isn't pointing at me! Although invisibility might have it's advantages. What a fabulous creation. Would you use it on something that needs fixing, so you couldn't see it anymore? Out of site, out of mind! Or perhaps it would be used on yourself, in those times you want to literally evaporate. Great 'step' handle and long barrel. This is one cool tool, Nic!

"A Gun Tool" by Islove, age 3, Ontario, Canada
Islove, I love your creations. This one has impressive height and a lovely foot and head piece. You certainly have a strong sense of your own style, working in this range of comfort gives your creations a nice, bold feel. That one red block really stands out for me. Draws my eye right to it. Great invention!

"A Wrench" by Faenin, age 5, Ontario, Canada
Yes, I can certainly see the wrench headpiece. What a clear, understandable design. I like how you used the green base to place all your other bricks on. This looks like a tool every toolbox should have in it. Very smart construction, Faenin!

"Crane" by Lily, age 9, Manitoba, Canada
I was told this crane "includes a hook which hangs from a line of sewing thread which she clamped between two blocks at the top of the crane's arm." Now that is some smart thinking, to clamp thread between two blocks and attach a hook to it. This beautiful, compact vehicle design nicely offsets the towering crane arm. I wonder if the hook could actually hold something? What a great construction, Lily!

"Bucket Loader" by Mr. Boo, age 7, Manitoba, Canada
I was told that "Mr. Boo and his big brother decided this bucket loader should have tracks, so they put two thick elastic bands around the wheels, one on each side." I'm really glad you told me this, because I can't see the elastic bands in the picture, but I think that is an awesome addition. What a nice big vehicle, complete with two people on it. Is one person driving and the other operating the bucket arm? I'm also noticing the ramp at the back, possibly for the balance of the vehicle or for getting on and off. Superb construction!

Rachel, age 12, Pennsylvania, USA
Rachel tells me these are "a hammer, a sonic screwdriver (distant relation to Dr. Who's), and a saw."
I love how sturdy and well made the hammer looks. Brilliant construction of the saw complete with a handle for your hand. The sonic screwdriver design is a wonderful tool for bypassing all those locks that you have no keys for. Those are fabulous tools, Rachel!

"The Stinger and The Claw" by Michael, age 5, Saskatchewan, Canada
Michael tells me "the Stinger grabs stuff and is used for lifting and moving around heavy cargo. The Claw is a spaceship with a powerful claw in the front for smashing other spaceships." The Stinger would be a great tool for when you need extra strength. Sort of like a mechanical arm piece, for when your muscles just aren't strong enough for the job. The Claw is appropriately named, and having a single purpose (to smash other spaceships) I bet it would be very good at it. I love how the actual claw is made up of a wine glass and a Bionicle tooth. Great tools, Michael.

"Wrench" by Ethan, age 8, Saskatchewan, Canada
Ethan says "it's used for screwing in bolts and lug nuts, and all types of different things. It's a space wrench, and also a handy earth wrench which can be used for fixing pipes."
That is just so smart to design a tool that can be used on Earth and in space! Nice double ended wrench, great for use on both sides. The handle looks extra strong for good grip. This is a simple, smart design, with nice balance and symmetry. Great tool, Ethan!