All it took was four hours for Steve to create a Reuben’s Tube, which allows you to reveal the shapes of sound waves using an array of flames.

It is worth pointing out that Steve the actor and Oxford graduate had never in his life performed a stitch of carpentry.

As Guerilla Science is intended to introduce non-scientists to science, this was something of the same nature, a kind of guerilla carpentry: somebody without any practical training teaching himself the DIY skills he ought to have been taught in school.

Choice cuts:

Andy (who leant us the tools and workspace): “Do you know what to do with the router then?”
Steve: “Well I’ve done some research, but I’ve never used one before.”

Zoe: “What’s with the chopping board?”
Steve: “Well I needed some wood for the bits at either end.”
Zoe (who’s father is a carpenter): “Um. Huh. I’ve never seen anyone in my life do such a thing.”
Steve (looking around the workshop, filled with scrap wood): “It made sense at the time.”

I enjoyed that moment in particular.

Nonetheless, he did it in just a few hours – drilling an even line of pin prick holes along the length of the cylinder, affixing a metal tube to the side for the gas to enter, routing holes in the wooden bits to fit the cylinder, drilling a narrow hole through one of the end bits, and sealing it all together. It went off without a hitch.

Check out this Cheshire cat grin as he watches his handiwork in action – that’s a proud man that is.


Aces high.