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Russell Miners, author of our rcccnc story on building a miniature tre-buchet (AW #63), has also built larger versions that hurl 2-pound balls, teddy bears, and soft-drink cans as far as 200 ft. Miners' largest treb is about one-sixth the size of a giant medieval trcbuchet that was capablc of launching 1-ton boulders over fortress walls.

A handful of historical-reenactment societies around the world, particularly those whose primary interest is medieval combat, have recently sparked a sort of trebuchct revival. Some of these retro-warriors build full-scale "siege engines," test the trcbuchet's limits in range and accuracy, and launch some outrageous projectiles: grand pianos, flaming toilets, Buicks— you get the picture.

Retro-warriors. Russell Miners (left) and John Southall, of western Australia, wear medieval combat garb as they cock the trebuchet's beam to prepare for launching.

Miners can knock down his midsize "treb" (see photo, above) to a pile of timbers and bolts. He transports it to rccnactmcnt festivals around

Australia, where he lives.

For more information, see Miners' trebuchet website: www.iinet.net.au/-rmine/ gctrcbs.html.

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Instead of empty stockings, some 125 disadvantaged kids in the Los Angeles area received toy bulldozers this holiday season, thanks to the San Fernando Valley Woodworkers (SFVW).

Every summer the SFVW meets to design a new wood toy and to plan its production. Local businesses and civic groups donate wood, supplies, and use of a commercial-size shop

Holiday spirit.

San Fernando Valley (CA) Woodworkers show off the toy bulldozers they made.

facility. Members of the SFVW make the toys with assembly line efficiency at the end of summer. Local charitable organizations then distribute the toys to children in December.

For more information about the SFVW, call Mac Pace, the guild's president, at (818) 341-7135.

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