Wood to the Rescue!

As a card-carrying member of the woodworking fraternity (and sorority … no bias here, sister), I have no problem making this general observation – we are a thrifty bunch. No shame to our tendency to stretch a dollar until it snaps, in fact, our penny-pinching ways are a badge of honor to most of us. Perhaps connected to this money saving mania, but perhaps a separate malady of it own, is the fact that we are opposed – perhaps on cellular level – to throwing scrap wood away. The combination of these two traits can lead to some frighteningly large collections of virtually unusable wood … until now!

The Alternative Energy blog offered an option that should appeal to our tight-fisted nature and could reduce those huge piles of scrap:

Wood powered cars.

I am not making this up. Wood powered cars apparently made their first appearance in Europe during WWII, but don’t take my word for it: click here to read for yourself!

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About Rob Johnstone

Rob Johnstone has been part of Woodworker's Journal's since 1997, becoming editor of the print magazine in 1998 and editor in chief in 2007. He began woodworking at age 13 in his family-owned cabinet shop and, as an adult, trained to become an accomplished luthier. He eventually opened his own cabinetry and custom fine woodworking business. Rob has brought many of the most well-known authors in woodworking to the Journal's pages and introduced Woodworker's Journal Online Survey. When, in his free time, Rob isn't woodworking, he enjoys hunting for sharp-tailed grouse with his bird dog, playing music and/or listening to his son's rock band and cooking on his high-tech stove.

2 thoughts on “Wood to the Rescue!

  1. My brothers & I went to Japan in the late 40’s & I (was 12 at the time) remenber taking an R&R trip to the mtns with our parents & riding in a pre WWII car converted to run on wood or charcoal had a big burner in the back where the trunk would be. –Luke–

  2. During WW2 many people in Great Britain burned pig manure to power their cars. The manure gave off methane gas which was routed to the engine. Obviously there were many names for these porker poo mobiles.

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