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How to Make a Ratchet Mechanism – Dug’s Tips 11

June 27, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

A simple ratchet made from a few dowels and pieces of  plywoodHow to Make a Ratchet Mechanism

A ratchet can be a very useful mechanism within an automaton. It can be used to keep the handle from being turned the wrong way or to divide the cycle of action into a series of small steps. This is one way to extend the duration of the performance. Let’s make a ratchet that is advanced by one step for every revolution of a crank. Read more

Le Clown sans Tête by Pierre Mayer

June 27, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Le Clown sans Tête by Pierre MayerA new edition from French artist Pierre Mayer.

Pierre, a magician and engineer, has been making beautiful limited edition magic themed automata for over 10 years.

This latest piece is inspired by the original antique automata by Phalibois.

The colourful clown amuses us by relocating his head to his box on the stage.

Height 27 cm

£2400 (excl. VAT).

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Le Clown sans Tête by Pierre Mayer Le Clown sans Tête by Pierre Mayer

Amazing Automata Tour

June 24, 2013 by · Comments Off 

atc hebden bridge

20 of our favourite automata are now on tour in the UK.

Come along this summer and have fun bringing the pieces to life at the touch of a button. There are lots of classics, such as Paul Spooner’s The Barecats, The Spaghetti Eater, Peter Markey’s Piano Player and Keith Newstead’s Ski-ing Dog.

Alternative Technology Centre,
A lovely location beside the canal.
1st July – 31st July 2013

Hebble End Mill,
Hebden Bridge,
West Yorkshire,
HX7 6HJ
Tel. 01422 842121

Opening Hours
Mon to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 pm
Sat and Sun 12 to 4 pm

£3 for adults and £1 for children

After this the exhibits will tour to Scotland and visit these two galleries in the Highlands.

17th August – 7th September 2013
St Fergus Gallery, Wick
Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace, Wick KW1 5AB
Tel. 01955 603489
http://highlifehighland.com/arts/st-fergus-gallery

14th September- 12th October 2013
Iona Gallery, Kingussie
Duke Street, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, PH21 1JG
http://www.theionagallery.co.uk/

A Goat in the Park

June 24, 2013 by · Comments Off 

A Goat in the Park

Kimberley Park in Falmouth, Cornwall, now has three amazing outdoor automata by makers Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead and Rob Higgs – all who live locally.

Paul Spooner gives us more on the background of his kicking goat design. Read more

Rowing Man by Richard Hackney

June 20, 2013 by · Comments Off 

We are delighted to introduce the work of automata maker Richard Hackney.
You can find out more about Richard and his work in this video.

We have two only of Richards beautiful Rowing Man automata, which are made from recycled metals. Turn the handle, which is a reclaimed plumbing part, and the metal man rows through the waves.

Materials:
Copper hot water tank, brass and wood

Dimensions: H 36cm x W 25cm x D 20cm

£695 (excluding VAT.)

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