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Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch Paperback – 20 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 01 edition (20 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989976
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a DIY exercise, Thwaites details his 20-month mission to build an ordinary toaster, which, in the end, costs 250 times more than a store-bought version of the household appliance. --Big idea

"I poked through the furnace with a stick and pulled out a blobby black mass of something heavy.... Using a blowtorch, I heated it up until it turned bright red and hit it gently with a hammer. My iron shattered on impact along with my dream of making a toaster." --Wired.com, September 16, 2011

"I poked through the furnace with a stick and pulled out a blobby black mass of something heavy.... Using a blowtorch, I heated it up until it turned bright red and hit it gently with a hammer. My iron shattered on impact along with my dream of making a toaster." --Wired.com, September 16, 2011

One of the most exciting books to come across my desk in the last while.... A hilarious, wonderfully wrought account of how hard it is to really make anything from scratch, much less an electronic device. --Aaron Britt, Dwell.com

As befits the project, the book is hilarious. I never though reading about iron smelting and descents into mines would be so engrossing. --We Make Money Not Art

About the Author

Thomas Thwaites is a designer who operates in the border zones between the natural and social sciences and creative disciplines. His work examines how technology, science and economics interact with trends, fictions and beliefs in shaping our present, and possible futures. As an undergraduate he studied economics and biology at University College, London, with this training informing his design work. He completed his Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2009. His work has received several awards and is exhibited internationally, at galleries in London, Dublin, Rotterdam, and Tokyo. Based in London, he is currently working on a commission from the Wellcome Trust.



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