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Angry at seeing thousands of chopsticks used once and then tossed, this guy decided to make a full canoe out of them! Nice work.

A former city employee in the Fukushima prefecture town of Koriyama has built a 4-meter (13-ft) long canoe from thousands of used disposable chopsticks recovered from the city hall cafeteria. Bothered that perfectly good wood was going to waste after a single use, Shuhei Ogawara — whose job at city hall involved working with the local forestry industry — spent the last two years of his career collecting used chopsticks from the cafeteria. An experienced canoe builder, Ogawara spent over 3 months gluing 7,382 chopsticks together into strips to form the canoe shell, to which he added a polyester resin coat. The canoe weighs about 30 kilograms (66 lbs), which is a bit heavier than an ordinary cedar canoe, but Ogawara is confident it will float. A launching ceremony is planned for May at nearby Lake Inawashiro.

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Plasmana (author)2008-09-30

Very nice work, and green too!

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Labot2001 (author)2008-04-07

Amazing repurpose, and excelent craftsmanship. Remember that wooden bike? We should put these two together...

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Bikes don't make good boats... or eating utensils for that matter..

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gateon (author)killerjackalope2008-09-20

not alone they wouldnt but what he's saying is if you have the bike dothe paddling

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killerjackalope (author)gateon2008-09-20

It was a joke... I've considered building a bike based boat before, then decided it wouldn't be crazy enough...

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gateon (author)killerjackalope2008-09-21

they sort of have bike boats already that are pedal powered,and your plan would be pretty crazy though because the boat would be too top heavy.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-07

Beautiful! I miss my canoe! ;*(

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-04-07

that's pretty amazing AZN PRIDE

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gmoon (author)2008-04-07

Nice...I'm not a huge fan of strip-built designs, but it's pretty...

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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-04-07

Wow I was expecting a piece of crap! But, it's beautiful, I wonder whose design he used, I'm guessing Gilpatrick.

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Kiteman (author)2008-04-07

That looks really nice - good on him for leaving the chopsticks visible as well.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-04-07