My daughter bought me a copy of Colin Furze’s book for Christmas. If you’ve never heard of Colin Furze then you should visit his YouTube channel or website colinfurze.com but in summary Colin is mad inventor who has been “turning the internet up to 11 since 2006”.
A typical Colin project is silly, dangerous and skillfully made. If he can add fire or fireworks he typically will. It wasn’t always this way, Colin started out as a plumber and the first part of the book looks at his early life and rise to fame via the Internet.
The other thing to know about Colin is that he holds many World records. All for Colin’s crazy records are covered even the latest for the World’s fastest bumper car (dodgem).
Scattered through the book at 10 mechanical projects you can make at home. These increase in difficulty and danger through the book finishing with a bicycle wheel driven flame tornado. Safety tips are included throughout and pretty much all projects would need a grown up to assist. In as such I think this book is a great Daddy Daughter book for me and we will likely tackle some of the projects together. The tools and materials for each of the projects are simple and should be easy to source.
My favourite feature of the book is the skills checklist. As you complete the different projects you can check off the skills you’ve achieved. There are pages to guide you through the techniques used in the projects such as drilling and sawing.
The last few pages have space for you to add your own projects.
All in all a good book. Recommend for any Colin Furze fan or those looking to get into project building and needing a few ideas.