Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Machini the Marvel Performing 'The Study of Levitations' - an automaton by Dug North

I don't get to share my own work on this blog as often as I might like. I just realized that I've had this video for quite a long while, but have neglected to share it with the world.

I designed and fabricated this automaton, once again featuring my character Machini the Marvel! Here he is performing his world-famous act titled The Study of Levitations. When you turn the crank, you will see the magician lift his head and then close his eyes. With a slow wave of his hand, the ink in the inkwell slowly rises, the leather-bound book opens and the pen spins in its holder. As the magician moves his arm back to the starting position, the sequence is reversed.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

"Topsy Curvy" automaton by Thomas Kuntz

Check out this new limited edition automaton by Thomas Kuntz titled "Topsy Curvy". Though it's a simple one compared to much of his work, the sculpting is -- as always -- second to none. As the description says, the peice "embodies the sensibilities of the surreal and the noir".

See more automata by Thomas Kuntz on his web site.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to make a working brass key to fit an old lock from scratch

Check out this video in which Jimmy DiResta creates a brass key sekeleton key to fit an old lock. So many great techniques are shown without a word being spoken!

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