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Automata and Mechanical Toys

By Rodney Peppe

ISBN: 9781861265104
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 2002
PAGES: 160
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 260x215 mm
INSIDE: 160 colour photos 44 line drawings

Automata and mechanical toys delight children and adults alike with the beauty of their design and the excitement of their movement. This book explains how the mechanisms work and celebrates many leading makers.

Topics covered: History of automata & mechanical toys including the early inventors from Hero of Alexandria, through the mechanical marvels of the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries, to contemporary automata. Advice on how to get started; tools and materials required and techniques explained. Step-by-step instructions with clear colour photographs. Theme projects based on the authors Twelve Days of Christmas.

No other craft captures the magic of turning a handle, flicking a switch or pulling a lever to see the unexpected come to life.

RRP: £22.00

Site Price: £17.60

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" This is a really super book. It shows you a variety of professionally made automata, which gives you an idea how differently personalities come across in the toys/art produced. Then it tells you how to build a kit of bits to explore different mechanisms. Everyone should get to play with one at school! Having read and reread my Mum's copy I'm finally buying my own. "
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