DIY Clay Tools Video Contest – Finalist 2

Today, we are happy to present the next finalist in our DIY Clay Tools  Video Contest: Murry Gans and his homemade extruder.

We'll present the next finalist Friday, July 30. A link to the voting page for the grand prize winner will be posted on Friday July 30, and voting will continue through midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Monday, August 2, 2010.

We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we have! - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 


 

DIY Clay Tools Video Contest
Finalist 2:

Murry Gans' Do-It-Yourself PVC Extruder
Irving, Texas

 

 

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Comments
  • Love the song! well done, Mr. Murray!!

  • great info you made it look so easy I know i could build one
    I have not done pottery in years and I am just about to start again so i have been getting info and looking for equiptment

  • Nice project!
    (but the song needs more cowbell *grin*)

  • Where theres a will theres a way! Ingenious.
    I use my Dremel for filling a 3 by 9 inch gap on my tool shelf!

  • This was a nice project but I was hoping someone would come up with a tool that doesn’t exsist. Is it really that much cheaper than buying one, concidering the time spent making the tool could have been time spent making pots?

  • This was awesome! I want to make one.

  • Oh Murry, you are a kick! Your off the wall comments made this video perfect. I believe you went to the hardware store that many times.
    Great hand made extruder. How much cheaper was it to make?
    Congradulations!

  • i just love the “murry”s of the world!! he seems like a smart, wonderful funny guy. i vote murry!

  • filing this away for my winter workshop!! Thanks for all the great detail – and entertainment! 🙂

  • I agree with Christine. It is a home made copy of an existing design. I was expecting the finalists would all have created “new” tools. I wonder if the next “tool” will be “new.”

    My sound

    We must admit that “DIY” is indeed different from “inventing something new,” though.

    Maybe “invent a new pottery/clay tool” could be the next “contest,” and the winner would be assisted in patenting, manufacturing and marketing the tool!

  • I meant to add that my “sound is down” in my computer, so I did not have an added audio entertainment aspect to enhance the presentation.

    I can tell by others’ comments that I missed something fun!

  • I think this extruder is great and I am going to build one. It would be really nice if besides the video we could have a list of products needed and a step by step guide for the construction. A great video and with personality.

  • Great job.Tried making a pvc extruder a couple of years ago-it beat me up. I decided that I would throw pieces instead.Nice to see that you were sucessful.

  • This was very cool. Made me smile. Great enginuity and creative spirit!

  • Good piece of ‘serendipity’ equipment – making do with what you have around (even if you have to purchase brick-a-brack from a hardware store) It shows ingenunity, the ‘art of the potter’.

  • Great work, Murry! What an inspiration! I use my Dremel for taking the calluses off my feet.

  • Murray!!

    Whoa!!!! This is no simple DIY project! I am totally impressed, and actually in addition to being an artist you obviously are also an engineer!

    I would love to see this appear on http://www.instructables.com, a site/blog that I subscribe to as well which features many different kinds of DIY projects from totally crafty stuff to really high tech stuff, but also DIY art… I recently found a great instructable on electro-forming!

    Awesomeness!! To reiterate what others said: you have wonderful sense of curiosity and inventiveness. I am totally inspired 🙂 and entertained by your lovely spirit.

    Thank you!! Love and peace. amy

  • That was brilliant, Murray, you are the “McGuiver” of the mud world! Thanks for sharing your creative genius and for not giving up, well done!

  • I have always said it: hands in clay makes smart, good people. But you’re the best, Murray! I want to make one of these.

    Bill

  • I think this is great! Setting up my own studio, I have more time than money. I figured it would be years before I could afford to invest in an extruder~ now I can just make one!
    I love pottery people.. always so inventive.. so glad to be part of this world!
    Thanks, Murray for sharing this, and making it so easy!!! I’ll be making one much sooner now!
    ChrisP

  • Thanks for the entertaining video. I love making things from scratch so hope I’ll be able to finish this project. Again, thanks!!

  • Murry, You’re the besssssssssssssssssssst! I will see if my husband will make one for me. I would love to see more of the different types of dies that you have come up with! My vote is for you!
    Daryl Anne

  • This is amazing!A group of us just spent over $500 taking a class on extruding in Mendocino. It was a great class but what we learned can’t be used back in our own studio. We have been struggling to get our extruder to work with the dies we made in the class since we got home at the end of May. This is great idea and will solve a bunch of our problems. Murray, teach a class in California! We’ll sign up-
    Alpha Women

  • Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and for making me smile.

  • Nice homemade teaching session. Love it and it’s cheaper and it works. The last item home made in my home of telescoping PVC pipe was a potato launcher by my older son then a teenager. This is better and doesn’t was potatoes.
    Dremels are very useful but you have to let them sit around about 25 yrs before a good use is found, then it Katy bar the door…add a flex-shaft and foot pedal and you can do jewelry too. Thanx fot the idea and fun.

  • I will add my voice to others who say that they love people like Murray. Real, genuine and fun to boot. I have an extruder but was curious to see how difficult it would be.
    I can see that the time and energy required to achieve the finished project was considerable and you are wonderful to share it with others. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • I love the improvisation. You deserve the win Murray!
    For you questioning the cost I must say a 3″ extruder costs around 275.00 to 300.00 and the materials Murray used total 30.00 to 40.00 depending on the hardware store you shop. What is your time worth… pay yourself the other 200.00 to put it together. Great job Murray again You deserve the Win!

  • Hey Murray, yes you are the best!

  • Sorry to be critic again. A metal scrap tube is easily found on a scrap yard and is more sturdy. With some handy skills one can make it all from metal. I made one who was motor-driven using a garage door opener. Interesting submission but it will not get my vote. Sorry.

  • What fun. I’m going to make that!!!

  • Maybe my oldest son can make it for me. I’ve had pieces parts for a metal one on the workbench now for two years….even hubby hasn’t finished it yet.

    Loved the singing, should not have watched it while hubby was sleeping, I woke him with my laughter.

    My derby car days are behind me (finally!!) so the dremel tool can be used for this!

  • That was an awesome how-to video! I hope it’s the first of many more to come. Great job Murry!

  • What a great instruction Murry! I am teaching my students to be Producers vs. Consumers and your video demonstrates one more way to engineer a practical solution toward that end. Thanks for sharing your creative alternative.

  • 3 cheers for Murray! A clear explanation, and fun too!

  • I have been thinking to make an extruder for a long time. Thanks to give me all the clues how to build one !!!!!!!!

  • Loved the video. Thank you for the great info! Looks like it is easier to clean too, than the square metal ones.

  • U BOLTS!!!!! I was using bent nails… they slipped and made me sad 🙁 Thanks for the info Murry!

  • Es un gran aporte cuando no hay muchos recursos económicos, felicitaciones por ser tan generoso de enseñar sus inventos.

  • Murry if your not pleased with your self your a modest man!- FANTASTIC!
    ALL THAT WORK you make it look easy though I’m sure its not- i just need to find someone to tackle that big job for little old me 🙂

  • Great video. The most useful of the three finalist. I have been wanting an exturder but could not afford the cost. This is a very affordable and easy to finish.
    thanks Murray

  • Brilliant, well done Murry. I’ve been wanting an Extruder for a while now. Very ingenious and well thought through……I’m off to my tool shed. Thanx Murry

  • Murry you’re a hoot! I’m voting for you… and I’ll get my husband to vote for you IF you have a home built slab roller plan! Pleeeeeze- I can’t afford the store bought kind.

  • I think it is fantastic! I am all for being a “McGiver”! Thanks for submitting this idea Murray! I too want to get all the gadgets and make my own! Keep creating! It’s what makes all of smile.

  • That’s awesome. Haha…pottery people are a happy, jovial bunch:)

  • This is really awesome!!!
    I wish I could do my own extruder!
    Maybe I will follow some of the steps to make my own.
    Well done and keep smiling!!!

  • Murry – great idea.. I have one in the works but not mounted.. so thanks for the ideas now I know what to watch for . Good Job.. : )

  • I like it, you can easily spend $500 on an extruder, I’d guess yours could be made for around $40. Thanks for the excellent video.

  • I love this! I might have to try it. Murry, you’re adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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