Saturday, June 09, 2007

Book: Making Mad Toys & Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Making Mad Toys
Here is a new book from Rodney Frost, the same author who wrote one of my all-time top ranked wood automata-making books: Whacky Toys, Whirligigs & Whatchamacallits (see this post, for the other top ranked automata-making books).

This book is not available as of July 2007. I have ordered it, but cannot review it. A full review will be forthcoming as soon as I have the book. The fact that it contains plans almost ensures it will be in my list of top-rated books. Meanwhile, here is a blurb from the publisher...

From the publisher:
Rodney Frost's collection of playful mechanical contraptions will captivate anyone who operates them -- and they'll entice the creative woodworker too, because these whirligigs are as much fun to make as to maneuver. The secret to these movable marvels: propellers and other action-filled parts made from wood or metal. Full-size schematics and drawings, plus detailed written instructions, will guide woodworkers smoothly through building, carving, and assembling many enchanting projects!

Check out or pre-order Making Mad Toys & Mechanical Marvels in Wood

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book will published in August 2007. Frost will publish another
similar book "Creative Kinetics.
Mechanical Marvels in Wood" in November 2007. Busy as a bee !!
Falk Keuten, Bonn Germany

June 9, 2007 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


Thanks for the info...That's great news for automata-lovers. Rodney Frost's creations are always clever, colorful, and fun.



June 10, 2007 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

Last month I noticed he had some new books on the way - I'm quite excited, as my only complaint about his other books (I own the woodworking one and the "Wacky Toys.." one as well) is that there weren't more of them! His writing style is really enjoyable.

June 14, 2007 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...


I feel the same way about his first book. I am sure these two are going to be among the top ones for building wood automata.

You are right, his writing style is really fun. I also like how he provides plans, but is realistic about how to use them. There will be trial and error. He encourages you to experiment.


June 14, 2007 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Hi all,

Sadly, this is a new cover on an existing Rodney Frost book. :(

See this post for the details.


Dug North

August 4, 2007 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the same book as:
Whacky Toys, Whirligigs & Whatchamacallits
only the cover is different. I purchased it from Amazon, had to return for credit.

August 16, 2007 at 3:37 PM  

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