Fun & Games
Flashback: Howtoons Rola Bola

Some of the best things in life are the simplest. Case in point: Howtoons‘ Rola Bola project from MAKE Volume 08. The Rola Bola is essentially just 3 pieces of wood, some screws, and a PVC pipe that translate to hours of low-tech fun. Any kid (big or small) you make this balance board for is guaranteed to be stoked. And whether you’re into board sports or not, the Rola Bola essentially just helps you hone in your center of balance, a skill anyone could use.

This page pretty much gives the gist of it:


And here it is in our Digital Edition just for you.

Bonus Info: If you are a board junkie like me, stay tuned for Volume 19, which is slotted for DIY Surfboard and DIY Splitboard projects! Awww yeah!


I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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