Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Automaton Building Video: How to Make Automata

Here is an instructional video on how to make wood automata by one of the UK's top automata artists, Keith Newstead. It is a very helpful video. My only regret is that it is not longer!

From the site:
Making automata is hard. It requires a wide range of construction skills and an understanding of certain mechanical and engineering principles...The first half of the tape is divided into the following sections: Levers, Cranks, Linkages, Cams, Shafts & Bearings, Ratchets, Gearing and Drives...The second part concentrates on some of the ways the mechanisms can be put together to make automata.

Here is the link to the video on How to Make Automata
Note: Those in the USA will want the NTSC version.

Here is a book that is also very good: Automata and Mechanical Toys.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Oo great, I will order this! Just wanted to point out that the link goes to a page which talks only about a VHS version, but the DVD is also available.

January 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


Good catch! Thanks for sharing the link!


Dug North

January 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM  

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