One winter, long ago, we Blackbirds made a box full of snowball catapults to giveaway at a conference. When I came across a few remaining stragglers, I smiled to myself. “Just in time for December!”
So, I have have been a busy little elf recreating ONE HUNDRED catapult kits! Be sure to watch for your December email and our social media to see how you might be the happy recipient of one of the 100 kits we have ready to mail off!
Of course, when I think “catapult” I think Leonardo DaVinci, polymath extraordinaire! What a persona to consider as we stand at the dawn of a new year. A bit of history:
You, of course know, Leonardo Da Vinci was a man who wore many hats: painter, sculptor, musician, engineer, father of flight, medical entrepreneur. But did you know that he was known to sketch mechanized throwing devices just for fun?
The catapult design, conceived and put to use many, many years before Leonardo, intrigued him. And so he went to the drawing board to do some tweaking.
Da Vinci recognized a simple fact that was likely overlooked by most: Gun powder was not 100% dependable! It just needed a bit of tweaking. And so he set out to refine the tool.
Da Vinci concocted two ideas: the single arm and the double arm catapult. The mechanisms he imagined would enable an increase in the throwing arm speed with ease. Like many of his notebook ideas, there is no historical record of the single or double arm catapult being employed but there are small scale and large scale models that have proved efficacy. More importantly, Loenardo’s tenacity to put his ideas to paper continues to inspire innovation. And this is worth celebrating!
For this reason, we will giving away one Leonardo DaVinci catapult kit in addition to the 100 Snowball catapult kits.
Details to follow! Stay posted…
And may you be inspired.