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Making Moving Toys and Automata
Making Moving Toys and Automata

Making Moving Toys and Automata


96 Pages, 6.75 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.95 (US $21.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781785004919

Rights: US & CA

Crowood Press (Jun 2019)

Price: $21.95


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.

Author Biography

Robert Race has been a full-time maker for more than 30 years.