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As a DIY exercise, Thwaites details hismonth mission to build an ordinary toaster, which, in the end, coststimesthan a store bought version of the household appliance Big ideaI poked through the furnace with a stick and pulled out a blobby black mass of something heavy Using a blowtorch, I heated it up until it turned bright red and hit it gently with a hammer My iron shattered on impact along with my dream of making a toaster Wired, September , I poked through the furnace with a stick and pulled out a blobby black mass of something heavy Using a blowtorch, I heated it up until it turned bright red and hit it gently with a hammer My iron shattered on impact along with my dream of making a toaster Wired, September , One of the most exciting books to come across my desk in the last while A hilarious, wonderfully wrought account of how hard it is to really make anything from scratch, much less an electronic device Aaron Britt, DwellAs befits the project, the book is hilarious I never though reading about iron smelting and descents into mines would be so engrossing We Make Money Not ArtWhere do our things really come from China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to knowIn The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers What is involved in extracting and processing materials To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, from scratch, one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today a toaster The Toaster Project takes the reader on Thwaites s journey from dismantling the cheapest toaster he can find in London to researching how to smelt metal in a fifteenth century treatise His incisive restrictions all parts of the toaster must be made from scratch and Thwaites had to make the toaster himself made his task difficult, but not impossible It took nine months and costtimesthan the toaster he bought at the store In the end, Thwaites reveals the true ingredients in the products we use every day Most interesting is not the final creation but the lesson learned The Toaster Project helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture and the ridiculousness of churning out millions of toasters and other products at the expense of the environment If products were designedefficiently, with fewer parts that are easier to recycle, we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether