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Invisible and Alone

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Invisible and Alone by 14 Ball Toy CoOriginally featured in CMT News Issue 3 (Aug 1988), this Fourteen Balls Toy Co (Paul Spooner/Matt Smith design) piece was made as a limited edition of 30.
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Original Kissing Couple

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Kissing Couple by Peter MarkeyAn original Peter Markey Kissing Couple piece from late 1990′s.
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Ron Fuller Bi-plane

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Ron Fuller BiplaneAn original ‘Ron Fuller Toy’ bi-plane from the early 1980′s.

This brightly painted wooden bi-plane is a typical Ron Fuller design, with the Union Jack, three saluting airmen, and the ominous ‘Present from Joe’ below. The propellor and wheels turn.

Length 30cm x Height 20cm x Depth 23 cm – One Only.

325GBP (excluding VAT).
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Bi-Plane Wooden Kit

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Bi-PlaneA new mechanical wooden kit has landed in the shop. The Bi-Plane swoops and dives as the propeller spins.

£20.50 excl. VAT

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Making Urethane Belts for Automaton Projects – Dug’s Tips 10

March 7, 2013 by · 12 Comments 

Urethane belting material can be used to make belts of just the right size for your projectsMaking Urethane Belts for Automaton Projects

In the last article, we looked at how to make pulleys for automaton projects. We also made belts from O-ring gasket material. Custom-sized belts can also be made from urethane belting material. Joining the ends of this material is one of those jobs that seems to require three or four hands, but it doesn’t have to. Let’s take a look at an easy method that produces a strong welded joint. Read more

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre aboard MS Stubnitz

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Exhibition and Automata Workshops

13th March to 12th April 2013
“Hidden away in Hold One of the Stubnitz, a dozen precious and intricate machines sleepily await visitors to press their buttons and trigger them into action. Gears and cogs power up miniature performances that are funny, strange and unexpected. These are the automata of the Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre. Here you will find ingenious engineering allied with high art, a mischievous sense of humour, and even the chance to learn something of the art of mechanical movement yourself.

MS Stubnitz,
Montgomery Street,
Wood Wharf
E14 9SB

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf – Take the Montgomery Street exit and cross the pontoon bridge.

Click here for Street Map

Admission Fee (on the door, cash only)
£5.00 Adults
£3.50 Under 18′s and Concessions
Under 5′s Free

Exhibition Opening Times
March 13th – March 26th
Weekdays 12-2pm to 5-7pm
Weekends 12 – 5 pm

EXHBITION CLOSED 27th March to 31st March

1st April to 12th April
Open Daily 12 – 5 pm

Please note there is no step-free access aboard the MS Stubnitz.
The Exhibition and Workshops are in the hold area, which is accessible by two flights of steep stairs only. If you need wheelchair or other assistance please contact us in advance of your visit.

Exhibition Launch 12th March 6 – 9 pm
Join us for a glass of wine at the opening of the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre exhibition and take part in a free workshop – details below.
Tickets: £10 Buy Now (or on the door, cash only)

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Automata Workshop Programme (Devised by Stephen Guy)

Ensemble Automata Workshop Event with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
12th March – 6.30 – 8p.m

Exercise your creative and making skills by building a machine to join a snaking line of linked-up automata. Over 50 machines will form an amazing temporary collaborative moving sculpture which last performed at the V&A.
Uses pre-made components and a big pile of random found objects. No tools or special skills required.
Note: the machines cannot be taken home.

Workshop free with entry ticket to launch event – £10 – see above.

One Day Introduction to Automata-making with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
23rd March 10 a.m. to 5 pm

A hands-on, experimental workshop that introduces and explores the creative power of cams and cranks. Using pre-made wood and metal components each participant will construct a cam and crankshaft mechanism. Using this mechanism, participants will learn how to harness the kinetic potential of turning a handle and making static objects come alive.
Participants can take their creations home.

Adults Only

£95 per person

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Mechanical Art Workshop for Families with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

3rd April – 2 pm to 4 pm

Connect art and technology by making a mechancial toy or automata. Using a mix of pre-made parts, craft materials, various bits and pieces, and a glue gun, you can make and take home a cam-driven machine which bursts into life at the turn of a handle.
Workshop suitable for all ages over five (under eights will need adult help).

£10 per kit per session
Book now or pay on the door.

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