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Dec 24 2013

Flower Shell: Sow Your Garden With Your Shotgun

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Just about anything is better with guns, so why not gardening? Now you can do both at the same time thanks to a crowdfunding project called Flower Shell – a 12 gauge shotgun shell that shoots seeds instead of lead.

Creator Per Cromwell liked the fruits of his gardening labor, but hated the work itself. Through a process of trial and error, he discovered a way to add a little target practice into the mix. By removing the lead from the shell and adjusting the amount of gunpowder, he’s created a seed-sowing shell that actually works. “I decided to give it a try, after all, if there’s something missing in this weird world of ours, it sure ain’t flowers,” the website says.

The crowdfunding project is currently offering only a selection of poppies, peonies, and cornflowers as a perk for donating. However, Cromwell states he has a variety of plants available, including sunflowers, carnations, sweet peas, and lavender. Cromwell has passed his original goal of $4,000, and as of this post has raised over $5,500 with almost two more months to go. He plans to use the extra money in the development of new seed varieties.

Before donating, however, be aware – Per Cromwell has developed this as a member of a creative art lab in Scandinavia, Studio Total. As the project is based out of Europe, obtaining Flower Shells in the U.S. may be difficult. Even containing seeds, the shells are live ammunition.

Studio Total is also responsible for such inventions as the indoor cloud, Nebula 12; the iRock, a rocking chair capable of charging an iPhone; and a robotic flying lamp.

Here is the Flower Shell in action:

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