IMG_6628We are very happy that Alex Russo will be returning this year exhibiting his duct tape kayak at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.  He made the Maker Faire Greatest Hits for 2014! (1:55 on the video below)  Inspired by an episode of the TV show Mythbusters, Alex says, “This is a unique re-purposing of household materials to construct a functional watercraft. Using only PVC piping and duct tape, this project demonstrates how one can construct a low-cost, 10-foot kayak with simple materials. Employing boat-building, engineering, and artistic innovation are all necessary in constructing your own duct tape kayak!”

In the summer of 2012, Alex and several friends created the Duct Tape Kayak Project as a fun and innovative way to raise money for charity.   They’ve demonstrated their duct tape kayaks at events such as the Plymouth Waterfront Festival and the Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race, and this past year they donated 100% of their fundraising totals to the Massachusetts Chapter of Heroes on the Water.  Heroes on the Water is a grass-roots organization that takes wounded vets on guided kayak-fishing excursions as a way for them to relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society.

So we’d like to say thank you to Alex and the rest of your team for all you are doing to support such a worthy cause.   We’ll see you—and your kayak—at the Faire!

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