“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Cabaret Mechanical Movement book – it explained some complex ideas around Newtonian mechanics in an erudite and highly readable way without spraining my mind.”
– Ben Russell (Curator of Mechanical Engineering – Science Museum London)
Making Automata is hard. Making other sorts of three dimensional objects can also be hard, but the extra dimension of movement seems to add a disproportionate amount of difficulty.
For most people, especially those untrained in engineering skills, getting to the point where making mechanical devices is easy, can be a long and frustrating task. Then again, there are many people who have a sound understanding of engineering but can’t even draw a horse.
These things can be learnt. This book does not teach you how to draw a horse, but it does remove the mystery that surrounds the world of mechanisms and the business of making things move.
Cabaret Mechanical Movement contains a lot of theory but it’s also packed with practical tips and ideas for making your own automata, moving toys or mechanical sculpture.
This book is published by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, a museum which has delighted its visitors with witty examples of the automata makers art since 1979.
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Title: Cabaret Mechanical Movement – Understanding Movement and Making Automata.
Size: 119 A5 Pages with over 200 B&W Illustrations.
Chapters: 1. Some Principles, 2. Levers, 3. Shafts, 4. Cranks 5. Cams, 6. Springs, 7. Linkages, 8. Ratchets, 9. Drives & Gearing, 10. Control, 11. The Checklist. 12. Bibliography.
The link for making pin wheel templates is here.