Sunday, May 06, 2012

Mechanical Moose Sculpture article by Charles Mak

Photo of 'Running for their Lives' autoamton

Another good friend of The Automata / Automaton Blog, Charles Mak, has an article in the June edition of Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine. In it, you will find plans and instructions for making the clever automaton shown in the photo above.

From the article introduction:

Why limit your scroll sawing skills to making plaques, puzzles, or portraits only? With a scroll saw, you can build one-of-a-kind mechanical sculptures (a layman's term for automata) that are not only fun to design and make, but also to play with. I titled this wildlife piece "Running for their Lives" because it depicts a herd of moose running away from their predator (a grizzly bear crank handle)! The mechanism used in this project is called a crank slider, which converts rotational motion to back-and-forth motion. You can use the same mechanical design to feature other characters (joggers, for example) or other scenes. The character and design choices are limitless.

Here is where you can order the issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine with Charles Mak's article about how to make a hand-cranked wood automaton.


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