Automata and Mechanical Toys

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No other craft so brilliantly captures the magic of turning a handle, ?icking a switch, or pulling a lever to see the unexpected come to life. Automata and Mechanical Toys is a book for anyone drawn to simple, entertaining mechanics. The book features 21 leading makers, each with a distinctive style. With 160 color photos and 100 delightful examples of the craft, the book is a feast for collectors and enthusiasts. A substantial section of the book is devoted to making automata mechanisms, ideal for novices or ...

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Overview

No other craft so brilliantly captures the magic of turning a handle, þicking a switch, or pulling a lever to see the unexpected come to life. Automata and Mechanical Toys is a book for anyone drawn to simple, entertaining mechanics. The book features 21 leading makers, each with a distinctive style. With 160 color photos and 100 delightful examples of the craft, the book is a feast for collectors and enthusiasts. A substantial section of the book is devoted to making automata mechanisms, ideal for novices or those wishing to learn new techniques. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to make a bearings box, which separately houses all the main mechanisms used in automata. The box can then be converted to any mechanism you choose. Rodney Peppé is a winner of the British Toymakers’ Guild Toy of the Year Award; he has had exhibitions of his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. He is also the author of Rodney Peppé’s Moving Toys.

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The automaton, a mechanical figure that moves seemingly under its own power, dates back to ancient Egypt. Because of their complexity, automata are generally toys for adults. Their makers, like the legendary Dr. Coppelius, have been considered to be wizards. Mainly a reference book of the work of Peppe (Rodney Peppe's Moving Toys) and other contemporary toy makers, this book has one chapter of instructions for constructing mechanisms. The photographs of the artists' finished constructions are delightful. An excellent selection for specialized decorative arts collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861265104
  • Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,014,740
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4
Credits and Permissions 4
List of Contributors 5
Preface 7
Introduction 8
Chapter 1 A Brief History of Automata and Mechanical Toys 10
Chapter 2 The Origins of Contemporary Automata 29
Chapter 3 Tools and Materials 49
Chapter 4 Techniques 63
Chapter 5 Making Automata Mechanisms 77
Chapter 6 Theme Projects 126
Chapter 7 Design 141
Chapter 8 Painting and Finishing 154
Bibliography 157
Index 158
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