Monday, December 30, 2013

Swans Nesting automaton by Karen Barkie

Check out this nicely made automaton by Karen Barkie featuring two swans. I love the clean construction and the clever, yet simple way she incorporated a hand-cranked music box.

From the video description: A wooden automaton. Male Mute swan swims protectively around a nesting female to the music of Fur Elise played on a small music box. The wooden circular top spins around the stationary female. This is accomplished by inserting a 1/2" dowel within a 1 1/4" dowel. Made of oak, poplar and basswood. Measures 13 1/2" tall and 8" deep and wide. By Karen Barkie.

Here is where you can see more videos of automata by Karen Barkie.

[ Thanks Christoph! ]

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Anonymous Andy from Workshopshed said...

I always loved visiting the mechanical swan at Bowes with my Aunt.

December 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Helen Howes said...

And what a fantastically good video..

January 1, 2014 at 6:13 AM  

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