Untitled Penny Crusher Project
w/ Stuart O. Anderson
begun Summer 2008, re-booted Spring 2014

Stuart Anderson and I are in the concept/design/fabrication phase of building a souvenir penny crushing (or penny smashing, or penny elongating) machine. This has been a long-term idea for us with many fits and starts. Currently, Stuart is building a prototype single-penny machine, which we will debut this autumn in various incarnations around Pittsburgh. The final, multi-die machine will debut in the summer of 2015.

We're constantly updating a blog detailing the project as it moves forward here.

Thematically, the designs which will be embossed on the pennies will focus on human categorizations of North American fauna, potentially including the following:

* Urban Exploiters
* Urban Adapters
* Urban Avoiders
* Extinct
* Cryptids

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I also keep a growing collection of smashed pennies, mostly obtained when traveling and through kind friends who press them for me during their own travels. Here's a running list of the pennies I have thus far.

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