March 13, 2012 by sarah
This Jokebot automaton is a special commission made by Paul Spooner last year as a surprise 40th Birthday present for a collector.
The head of the robot is styled on piece of Swiss cheese. Here are some of Paul’s thought processes and insights into the mechanics of the piece.
Most of the machines I make suffer from randomness. Sometimes they work and often they donʼt. I thought that this friction mechanism could be relied on to perform unpredictably. Resting on a single driving roller and a row of three idlers, the three drums rotate about a common axis. Around the rim of each drum are 20 equally-spaced teeth.
I made such a machine and it seemed to generate a reasonably vivid set of phrases;
CYCLISTS – TERRORISED – LEGOLAND
JESUS – CANʼT STAND – SARAH PALIN
BIG GIRLS – STRETCHED – THE THONG
MANIACS – INVENTED – STEVENAGE
TV CHEFS – MAGNIFIED – PORRIDGE
You can see the 3 levers, the detent pins, the drums, driving cylinder and the eccentric on the stop bar. Is anyone still reading this or am I the only person interested enough to go through with it? Iʼve always liked puzzling through descriptions of machinery especially when the writer tells you that a glance at the diagram will clearly show how the thing works, suggesting that only an idiot would be unable to understand. If you have been, thank you for reading this.
February 24, 2012 by sarah
1. Designing Automata Kit. The classic CMT kit – No glue or tools are required, and you will learn about simple mechanics using cams and a crank slider mechanism. Many different designs can be made, and the kit used over and over again.
It is suitable for either left or right handed use, and takes the frustration out of designing automata by allowing very quick assembly and testing without the use of tools. It is a valuable teaching aid, and ideal for those wishing to experiment with some basic mechanisms.
Kit includes a DVD showing you how to put it together, (and our small Barecat has some fun along the way!)
We have enjoyed using this kit around the world at workshops and exhibitions. Produced in Thailand using chemical-free rubber wood, from sustainable sources.
2. A range of materials to help you create your own designs.
(5 pieces of foam material, 4 straws, feathers, wire). Colours will vary.
3. The Interactive CD-Rom. An interactive version of the Designing Automata Kit – hours of fun.
4. How to Make Automata DVD (NTSC or PAL) Understanding mechanisms with Keith Newstead
5. Cabaret Mechanical Movement – Our book, republished many times since 1998. Covers all the basic mechanisms with specific reference to CMT automata.
£79.50 (excl. VAT)
February 17, 2012 by sarah
This exhibition features new work from Tim Lewis, including the fabulous ‘Jetsam’ pictured, which made it’s debut at the Kinetica Art Fair in February.
A large Kiwi-like bird connected to a robotic arm attempts to construct a nest from soft foam ‘twigs’.
82, Kingsland Road
March 7th to April 12th 2012
February 2, 2012 by sarah
A chance to hear Paul Spooner talk about his work at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, Falmouth, Cornwall. The talk entitled ‘A View from the Plateau – Mechanical Jokes for people with short attention spans’ should be highly entertaining.
February 16th at 7.30pm.
February 1, 2012 by sarah
Height 28 cm
Wood, metal, acrylic paint
£595 (excl. VAT)