Episode 31: Homemade Zamboni
Inventor Damian Renzello has been making portable skating rinks and related accessories for years, so it’s not surprising that it’s...
Inventor Damian Renzello has been making portable skating rinks and related accessories for years, so it’s not surprising that it’s come to this: a homemade super zamboni that blows snow, shaves ice, and looks totally awesome. I love projects like this – the false starts, the dangerous accidents, the madness – I think those are the three ingredients that make up what they call “Yankee Ingenuity.” I was a little disappointed to find out this wasn’t a meaningless, self-destructive quest for a personal homemade zamboni, and instead the latest invention from a genuine entrepreneur. I should have known from the photo—it’s far too well built to have been cobbled together by a crazy person.
Speaking of crazy people, I was surprised to learn from Damian that the zamboni was actually invented by a guy named Zamboni. I think I always thought that zamboni was an Italian word for “ice shaver” or something like that (you know, those Italians: crazy for hockey!). You learn something new every day—or in my case, once a week.
If you’d like your own Bambini Revolution, or if you want to set up a portable backyard skating rink (I know I do), you can find Damian’s products at www.portarinxandbambini.com.
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