Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move


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Originally published in Japan, Karakuri is an introduction to the simple mechanisms, such as gears, cranks, cams, and levers, used to bring to life these amazing moving paper models or automata. Included are pull-out pages for you to use to construct your own moving models of the different types of gears. These models serve as the basis for designing your own karakuri or may just be admired on their own.

Detailed explanations, accompanied by diagrams, explain the physics behind how karakuri move and operate, so you really learn about the properties of the different types of gears and cams. And to inspire you, also included are four fun, full-color karakuri models designed by the author, a well-known paper engineer. Printed on pull-out pages and easily assembled, the projects include a whimsical tea-serving robot, an amusing penguin perched on an iceberg and trying to fly, a delightful peek-a-boo-playing teddy bear, and a mesmerizing train that goes around on a track and through a tunnel!

With complete directions, fourteen full-size models, and the science behind the craft revealed, this book is a unique introduction to an ancient art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312566692
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 500,125
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

KEISUKE SAKA is a paper engineer and graphic designer based in Japan. He co-owns a design firm, has exhibited his paper models at a number of museums, and has published many automata kits.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is seven years old and had been doing origami since he was five. He discovered this book on the shelf of B&N and was immediately attracted by the illustrations and ease of instructions. Though he does need some help with cutting to make sure was have nice edges he other wise can complete the projects. The projects are entertaining and the book is thoughtfully put together even for a beginner. This is an original idea as a gift if you're looking for something different than a toy. However, if you start doing a search on-line about Karakuri be careful about downloading. I did this and got a virus which wiped out out my computer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago