Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood
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.
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
- Sharp awl
- Shoe box to store parts
- Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- Cutting mat
- Mat knife
- X-acto knife
- Hot glue gun
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.