The first of our trebuchet trilogy was the infamous Beast I. It
was a FAT trebuchet, which stands for floating arm trebuchet. The material we
used for our structure was spruce wood. We build Beast I using nails to secure
the wood. We had a base, 8 support vertical support beams, and horizontal tracks
secured onto the support beams. All of these things were constructed from solid
wood, which made our beast (get the pun? Eh eh?) extremely heavy, for this project anyways.
We made many mistakes in building the trebuchet including placing the support beams along the sides of the base instead
of positioning it in the center, where they are closer together. The mistakes
prevented us from actually testing Beast I with a projectile. And since, Beast
I was constructed using nails, we could not fix our mistakes easily. This led
to the birth of Beast II.