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Night 40 – Happy Christmas from CMT

December 20, 2010 by · Comments Off 

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Successful New Year.
Click here for a fun interactive card: Cabaret Christmas Card.

Night 39 – Keith Newstead Christmas Card

December 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

If you have left it too late to send any cards don’t despair, we have a free download for you.
Keith Newstead’s jolly design shows Santa and his reindeer having an easy ride on one of Keith’s flying machines.

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Night 38 – Transports of Delight

December 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Keith Newstead has just joined the fabulous Instructables website which is full of all sorts of things to make.
Keith will be uploading details on how to make some of his automata over the next few months.
The first piece is already there – The New York Construction Worker.
Click here to see how it is made.

We have a one-off piece by Keith, Transports of Delight. This is part of Keith’s fanciful transport series, complete with a Steampunk driver.

50 cm high (20 inches)

£1750 (excl. VAT)

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Night 37 – Paper Kits Special Offer

December 17, 2010 by · Comments Off 

This evening we have a special offer on a set of 4 Paper Cutout Kits which are no longer in print.

We have two Peter Markey designs, The Mechanical Dragon and the Olympic Runner, Keith Newstead’s Ski-ing Sheep, and the Chewing Sheep by Sue Stolpe.

£1.95 (excl. VAT) each

Mechanical Dragon – The dragon opens its jaws and moves its tail.

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Olympic Runner – The runner moves his arms and legs when you pull the rod back and forth.

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Skiing Sheep – The sheep pushes itself off by the ski sticks and jumps up into the air. The title reads Skiing in Baaden Baaden.

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The Chewing Sheep – Unmoved, the sheep chews grass. The jaw is driven by an eccentric pin.

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Night 36 – Flying by Carlos Zapata

December 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

A lovely new one-off piece from Carlos Zapata.

This little man has sprouted wings, and built himself an ingenious mechanism to help launch himself into the air! But it is not that simple.

Height – 21 cm (8 inches).

£150 (excl. VAT)

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Night 35 – Stainless Steel Flying Pig

December 15, 2010 by · Comments Off 

This evening we have a special one-off ‘Silver’ pig by Keith Newstead. This pig has been cut out of Stainless Steel. A lovely present for a special anniversary or congratulatory gift.

£85 (excl. VAT)

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Night 34 – The Auto Stir by Ron Fuller

December 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Ron Fuller (a.k.a. The Village Toymaker) always makes a few ‘Stocking Fullers’ each Christmas. This AutoStirrer is one of our favourites. ‘Be one up on your office pals, see the look on their faces when you take this out of your pocket and AUTOSTIR your coffee”.

It makes the ideal gift for a coffee or tea lover! Simply clip it to the side of any cup, turn the handle and watch your drink be stirred to perfection. Handmade by Ron Fuller with a brilliant instruction sheet.


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Ron is a big fan of folk toys, he says “They are very simple (some would say not very interesting at all) – but to me they are timeless and I love them dearly. Dick Schnacke of Mountain Crafts, Sth. Carolina, USA is my hero – the one stop shop for folk toys – you have got to make kids laugh – forget about grownups.”

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Night 33 – Man’s Best Friend by Sophie Naylor

December 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Automata Maker and illustrator Sophie Naylor takes inspiration from British culture, historical inventions, gadgetry, contraptions, and nostalgic eras. She likes to depict ‘Britishness’ in an eccentric, quirky, humorous context.

This limited edition piece, Man’s Best Friend, is available to buy from Sophie.

Price £150 plus shipping.
H: 20cm W:17.5cm D: 10.5cm
Watch it here.

Sophie has also created a wonderful marble-run machine for this summer’s Telling Stories Exhibition: Newcastle-under-Lyme Museum and Art Gallery called Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstopper Machine.

Night 32 – Karakuri Models by Keisuke Saka

December 12, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move‘ by Keisuke Saka is now available through our Amazon Affiliates Store.

Keisuke Saka is one of Japan’s most honoured paper engineers. His beautiful designs are thoughtful with only a few moving parts, yet producing elegant movement. This book makes a great gift.

You can also buy individual papercraft models here, including these two (illustrated) Teeter Totter’ (an adorable robot takes a few small steps for robo-kind) and ‘Doomed’ (one last flop in resistance to the chef’s knife).

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Night 31 – Love is Blind by Keith Newstead

December 11, 2010 by · Comments Off 

This evening we have a new piece by Keith Newstead, a re-working of the classic piece, ‘Love is Blind’.

This lovely cut brass Cupid has a removable blindfold, and has strewn his arrows around hoping for the right target. The perfect Valentines gift .

Available to order now for delivery in January 2011.

Height 22cm

£99 (excl. VAT)

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