I’m on a personal mission to bring back butter. I will do this by creating a pedal-operated mechanism that churns butter and toasts bread. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 11, 2010.
About this project
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My concept: I want to build a pedal-operated machine that churns butter and powers a toaster. It's basically a modified bicycle that attaches directly to an old hand-crank butter churn. It also charges a battery that is hooked to a power converter so I can plug in a toaster.
After it's built I'll set it up outside art openings and in public places and churn butter. I want it to be something everyone can participate in by pedaling, but also enjoy freshly churned butter on warm toast. This is not a business venture or a way to make money. All the butter and toast will be given away. It's simply my way of making life a little better for people.
Building the machine: I’ve got the plans and model to build a pedal-operated butter churn, but no money. It’s quite simple, really. The mechanism starts with a bike frame and various other bike parts. Gears and such are added along with a chuck attachment for an old-fashioned butter churn. The quart sized butter churn hooks up and then the generator and converter are added to power the toaster. A battery is added to store the newly acquired electricity so there’s flexibility as to when the toaster is operated. I need your support to get this going. Most of the stuff I can get cheaply, but the generator, battery, DC/AC converter, and even butter churn are quite expensive. Since the butter churn is not being produced anymore I’ve found some on ebay that still work.
Sketches of the machine are here
What happens at an event?: Ingredients for butter are put in the butter churn. Someone jumps on and pedals away. After about an hour of pedaling a timer starts the toaster. When the toast pops—the pay-off begins. Participants enjoy warm toast and fresh butter. The toaster can be used many times to provide butter delivery devices. The more people there are, the easier it is on everyone.
The swag What you get when you support this project.
Future projects: If that’s not enough I have plans to modify the mechanism to produce ice cream, smoothies, and power other small appliances. All I need is the first to get the ball rolling.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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The official "Bring back butter" sticker.
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The official "Bring back butter" canvas tote. Great for making a quick run to the local market. (+ a couple of stickers)
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The official "Bring back butter" shirt. You can have it in either men's or women's style and the size of your choice. (+ a couple of stickers)
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Four origami butter wrappers. Designed and printed on mylar so when folded it looks like the wax paper around a stick of butter. Instructions included to make the folding easy. Put it on a shelf to proclaim your admiration for butter. (+ above reward)
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The official "Bring back butter" t-shirt carefully stained with 4 ounces (1 stick) of freshly churned butter. Each shirt will be unique and have my signature. (+ above rewards)
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A hand sewn toast and butter plush toy. A great conversation starter or child entertainment device. (+ a shirt or tote and stickers)
Pledge $300 or more
A hardback copy of the "Bring back butter" cookbook in full-color. The cookbook will contain dozens of butter recipes, the list of 101 things to do with butter other than eat it and images of the pedal-operated butter churn. (+ a shirt or tote and stickers)
- (59 days)