Monday, August 29, 2011

A nicely made barber shop scene automaton

Here's a nicely made automaton by Heidi Svenberg. It has a lot of cool mechanical elements such wooden gears to change the speed and direction of motion. Also note the nice cams right in front. I like how the limbs are driven by elements of the scene -- the leg by the chair lift and the arm by the trimmer's power cord. The motion of the chair rising in response to the foot is very convincing! The figures and painting are really nice, as is the sign and spinner barber shop pole. This charming piece was made as a tribute a particular barber.

You can see a few more creations by Heidi Svenberg on her YouTube channel.

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