Making Moving Toys and Automata

Robert Race
This beautiful book draws on Robert Race's extensive collection of traditional moving toys, looking at the ways the makers have achieved remarkable and varied results, often with very limited resources. Each chapter begins by looking at the mechanisms and materials used in some of these traditional moving toys, goes on to consider possible variations, and describes how to make a related moving toy. It continues, from this basis, to develop a design for an automaton. The book shows that designing and making these simple but wonderfully satisfying mechanical devices is fun, and that good results can be achieved in many different ways, using a variety of materials, tools and equipment such as wood and wire, card and paper, bamboo, string, tin plate and feathers.
Making Moving Toys and Automata by Robert Race

About the author

Robert Race has been a full-time maker for more than thirty years. He tries to make things that move in simple but interesting ways, using a wide range of natural, re-used and recycled materials. His work has been widely exhibited and has included automata, kinetic sculpture and moving toys for children and adults. He has been an active member of the British Toymakers Guild since 1991.