A large version of Keith Newstead’s classic Brassy Mermaid automaton. Made from painted wood and brass, the mermaid has a wonderful swimming action. Height 35 cm. One Only – Sold.
Paul Spooner has been visiting the Tinkering Studio at the The Exploratorium, San Francisco this month. He took part in the OPEN:Make event on 21st April, and you can see him talking about his work on this webcast, along with other makers from the event, including mechanical artist Nemo Gould.
Our popular travelling exhibition, Amazing Amusing Machines is at The Science Museum of Minnesota, Collections Gallery, Level 4 until September 2012. This exhibition has been seen by over 1 million people over the last 6 years, as it toured the USA, and is still drawing the crowds. Address: Science Museum of Minnesota 120 West Kellogg […]
We now have this book back in stock. Automata – Movable Illustration by Aquio Nishida. Imported from Japan, this is a delightful book from automata maker and director of the Contemporary Toy museum of Japan, Aquio Nishida. There are plenty of drawings and photographs. The text is in Japanese with only partial English translations. However […]
The latest in the series of Magic Automata from French Artist, Pierre Mayer. This automaton differs from the previous one: the Fechner’s levitation. It uses a completely different principle, no magnets this time. Laetitia floats in the air when you turn the handle and the arms raise. A mirror at her back shows there is […]
Building the Boxes for Wood Automata There is no rule that says the mechanism for a wood automaton must be contained inside of a box, but the practice does have some advantages. A box makes a sturdy base, provides even surfaces for mounting mechanisms and figures, and can make the construction process easier. While there […]
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. IN SEARCH OF RANDOM Most of […]
This box contains everything you need to get started with automata design. Contents: 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 […]
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’. Flowers East 82, Kingsland Road London E2 8DP March 7th to April 12th […]
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. Tickets £8