This beautiful fish by Richard Hackney is made from assorted found metals. The piece is operated by a lever, and looks stunning from the front and back. Height: 36 cm One Only Sold.
Exhibition and Workshops 12th December to 22nd Feb 2014. We still have a few places left in our workshop programme for our current exhibition in Greenwich. Come and have fun at our Family Workshop on 19th February, or join in our end of show automata-making afternoon on 22nd February. Our full day automata-making workshop (25th […]
News of two exhibitions. Firstly, we are delighted to be exhibiting 14 of our automata at Finton House School in London in the new Emma Thornton Building. CMT has had close ties with the School for many years, and automata making is a key part of the Design and Technology curriculum there. Finton House School […]
Made in the robotics division of P. Spooner Stithians following their catastrophic failure to produce Artificial Intelligence. Having recorded dismal scores in innumerable Turing tests, it was decided that Artificial Emotion might be an easier target to aim at. Confidence is growing that, after some development, one of these machines will be able to slip […]
This is an elaboration of the four-faced mechanism. This time a door opens in the body to reveal a cylinder housing the flies. 215 H x 120 W X 60 D One Only. SOLD £650 (excl. VAT) “I started making this thing using one of the boxes I had ready for the other four-faced machines […]
10 Handy Tricks for Woodworkers & Automaton-makers We’ve focused on techniques in this column up to this point. Now it’s time for some small tips that can make a big difference! Here are some woodworking tricks that I have found useful for automaton-making. 1 – Make Your Own Carbon Paper I often use carbon paper […]
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in Greenwich 12th Dec 2013 to 22nd February 2014 Visit our small London gallery exhibition, we have an inspiring workshop programme, plus automata from our collection, and a selection of new works. Artists include Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Lisa Slater, Simon Venus, Martin Smith, Richard Hackney and others.
A new exhibition opens at the City of London’s Guildhall on September 7th, and continues until December 8th 2013. From the macabre to the quaint, the sensational to the surreal, this is the first ever exhibition in the UK to offer a major examination of Victorian revivalism in all its forms. The exhibition will include […]
Four new one-off designs from Paul Spooner, all using the same ingenious escapement mechanism for turning the heads. The mechanism is a kind of escapement. There’s a driving wheel constantly trying to turn the driven wheel which has four pins fixed vertically into its upper surface. A brass blade interferes with one of the pins, […]
A new one-off piece from Paul Spooner. The teeth are made of the last of Spooner’s grandad’s boxwood rules. The jaws ratchet open then shut. Air travels from the bottom bellows up the leg tube into the little bellows. The small bellows is made with a kind of intestinal membrane called zephyrs, used for the […]