Automata and Mechanical Toys: With Illustrations and Text by Britain's Leading Makers, and Photographs and Plans for Making Mechanisms

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Crowood Press, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 160 pages
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No other craft so brilliantly captures the magic of turning a handle, ţicking a switch, or pulling a lever to see the unexpected come to life. Automata and Mechanical Toys is a book for anyone drawn to simple, entertaining mechanics. The book features 21 leading makers, each with a distinctive style. With 160 color photos and 100 delightful examples of the craft, the book is a feast for collectors and enthusiasts. A substantial section of the book is devoted to making automata mechanisms, ideal for novices or those wishing to learn new techniques. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to make a bearings box, which separately houses all the main mechanisms used in automata. The box can then be converted to any mechanism you choose. Rodney Peppé is a winner of the British Toymakers’ Guild Toy of the Year Award; he has had exhibitions of his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. He is also the author of Rodney Peppé’s Moving Toys.

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The automaton, a mechanical figure that moves seemingly under its own power, dates back to ancient Egypt. Because of their complexity, automata are generally toys for adults. Their makers, like the ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Rodney Peppe is well-known for his activity and picture books for the very young. Some of his previous titles include the Little Toy board books, Circus Numbers and Open House.

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