DIY Weekend is a new Crave series that feautures readers’ do-it-yourself creations. It’s main attraction is a contraption called the Hennepin Crawler. A result of 6 months of hard work of the three member group called Krank-Boom-Clank . They are a kinetic industrial arts collective based in Santa Rosa, California, who spent one night a week for six months building the quirky device.They call it a “mutant ride-able sculptures of delight (aka ‘freak bikes’).
Four people can go for a ride on this,on the street as well as on railriad tracks. The designers of this contraption are Clifford Hill, Skye Barnett, David Farish, and former Krank-Boom-Clank member Dan Kirby. They made the crawler from things like discarded lawn furniture; truck, antique Cadillac, and VW Bug parts; an old dune buggy seat; spools of aviation wire; old bike bits (handlebars, cranks, pedals, sprockets, and chains); and an antique doorknob. Talk about recycling!
It moves on a 4-foot diameter culvert pipe having almost 900 parts per wheel. Their art car was supposed to have a box frame, but when they found a free-standing yard hammock frame, their plans changed. The ride is lightweight, flexible and strong. Those who want to get a ride on this quirky contraption can rent it at $4,700 (plus a fee for handlers). Not that lightweight on the pocket I guess.