MAKE JR: DIY cutlery inspired by Harry Potter

Nefarious, who has been begging me lately for a blog of her own (her concept of blogging is likely a little more fantastical than reality, because mine is strictly and tantalizingly off limits, other than carefully selected pieces so that she sees how proud I am of her accomplishments), has asked me to post about some of her projects here on her schedule, not mine.

We had a bread knife “go bad”. It’s kind of hard to explain, but what I think happened is that the rubber absorbed dishwashing liquid (probably due to being left sitting in water) and then started to break down, becoming a sort of crumbly goo. Caitlin threw it out but I rescued it from the garbage. Originally the plan was just to cut off the gross bits to make it usable, but Nefarious volunteered to fabricate a completely new handle. I’ll explain the reason in a moment, but this is the Sword Dagger of Godric Gryffindor, an “inspired by” replica she made after printing out photos of the movie prop.

The reason she made that is as part of an ongoing series of cutlery that she dreamed up. Although there may be variations, there’s a knife, fork, and spoon for each Hogwarts house founder from the Harry Potter series — Gryffindor as I already mentioned, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. When I post the final version of this stuff after they’re finished, I’ll include the really cool drawings she’s made of them. I’m really happy to see her drawing out plans and diagrams, so I’m totally encouraging it by helping out. Anyway, this one here are the salad utensils of Salazar Slytherin. Obviously they’re just roughed out so far, and there’s still a lot of carving, sanding, and oiling still to do.

7 Comments

  1. MissJanet wrote:

    Wow, she does great. I’m working with 100 children between 6 and 10 and am still amazed of the difference it makes when a child gets attention, encouragement and appreciation at home. Ari certainly is a good example, self-confident, creative, versatile and interested in the world (and very cute, if I may add that :))

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink
  2. Simon wrote:

    I’d love some Slytherin salad utensils :D

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 4:50 am | Permalink
  3. Gracie wrote:

    I love that snake around the salad fork! Seriously, these are awesome. Good for her!

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink
  4. Elizabeth wrote:

    Holy crap that’s awesome!!!!!

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink
  5. dave wrote:

    You are the guy that made that viral pain olympics video? The Register has a big mention of it in one of their stories today:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/25/pain_olympics/

    Check page 2. Despite linking to the wikipedia entry, they seem to have taken it as real rather than faked.

    You should drop the journalist who wrote it a note(*). It’s not clear, but possibly a couple of guys in the UK got convicted for possession of the clip. Your testimony that it was faked might be good enough grounds for them to appeal if you can get her to link you up with their defence lawyers.

    (*) http://forms.theregister.co.uk/mail_author/?story_url=/2010/08/25/pain_olympics/

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink
  6. peteD3 wrote:

    very cool!

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink
  7. LotN wrote:

    I’m so glad you guys are Potter nerds now.

    Friday, August 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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