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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, May 9th, 2019  –  Sun, May 12th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 4 days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $465.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Mar 28th, 2019
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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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Mar 28th, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.