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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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Very nice work, and green too!

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

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

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

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

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.

Beautiful! I miss my canoe! ;*(

that's pretty amazing AZN PRIDE

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gmoon

10 years ago

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

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

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

Wow, that is beautiful!