This is Vera. She is my very favorite trebuchet. She stands about 5 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and can hurl a marshmallow about 70 yards.
Sara was my first catapult, and she introduced me to a whole new world. I’ll always be grateful for that! Vera, however, is all mine. I designed her from the ground up, researching various designs online, and using mostly scrap I had laying around. I used a simple gate latch for her trigger, and short lengths of pipe for the axles for both the main pivot and the counterweight basket. The trough at the bottom can pivot to fine-tune the aim, but so far that hasn’t had a noticable effect on her accuracy. Like most of the things I make, she’s a work in progress. I just did a little bit of facing work on her basket to make her look a more period and to reinforce the corners. I’d like to put some wooden wheels on, as I’ve read that could add about 30% to her throwing range. Maybe later I’ll find a good dark stain that will make all her parts look a bit more uniform and help her last longer. Like Sara, Vera also has a home at the renfest, teaching kids about medieval science and plaguing nearby shops and performers with soft, sugary hail.
Next, I think I need a balista, and maybe a battering ram.