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Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Course Overview

Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a four-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in cardboard, students will learn mechanical principles by creating simple cams and levers. The instructor will provide a basic kit with templates for selected gears. Students will cut drill and assemble their projects, as well as design and craft the figure, animal or (insert your imagination here) that surprises and delights viewers when it comes to life with the turn of a crank.

Dates

Thu, Nov 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 4 days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $485.00
Includes materials fee of $85.00

Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Carving knife and/or any preferred carving tools you have
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Reliable compass
  • 6” adjustable square
  • Ruler
  • Sharp awl
  • Shoe box to store parts
  • Scissors

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.

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