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9 of the craziest things made of wood

Nov. 22, 2010, 12:44 p.m.
mini trebuchet made of wood

Photo: backyardartillery.com

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Trebuchet

The original trebuchet was made from wood. Showing up on European battlefields around the 12th century, trebuchets were used to batter castle walls during long sieges. The trebuchet uses offset weight to hurl stones and other objects violently through the air. This small play version, available for just $24.95, will sit neatly on your desk and allow you to bombard your work mates with grape-sized shots.