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Creative Kinetics: Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood [Paperback]

Rodney Frost
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Book Description

1 Jun 2008
Artist, inventor, and longtime author Rodney Frost is known for wacky, whimsical woodworking books that encourage readers to experiment. With his newest, most creative volume yet, he provides an introduction to the wild and whimsical world of kinetic art - art that moves. Using plenty of informative sidebars and dynamic illustrations, Frost teaches the basic techniques in his own inimitable style, beginning with easy, fun projects like weather vanes and mobiles powered by air currents alone. Then its on to simple toys you manipulate with strings, and art mechanised by levers, cranks, cams, and cogs. Far from a routine woodworking book, Creative Kinetics will inspire even the least craft-minded reader to pick up some scissors and turn a tuna can into a propeller or cardboard into a jumping-jack.


Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402732236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402732232
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 21.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creative Kinetics 27 Sep 2010
By John
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Visually a little dated but a very useful, easy to understand book that would be very useful for students of all ages.
Good resource to have.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! 26 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the second Rodney Frost book on automata that I've bought. The other being Mad Toys etc. This book is similar in it's really clear easy to follow manner. Again if you are interested in automata/ whirligigs/ mechanical toys, this is a great book to have on your book shelf! Well worth the money, really interesting with a "I can do that" feel about it!
Definately a good buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value - great book 4 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a great resource; however I find the format less useful for workshop use and better for helping to formulate ideas and designs that you take to your workbench. I like much of the solutions interesting to follow - good book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars too elementary 21 Oct 2012
By Faith
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a modelmaking student so was looking for a book for either inspirations/technical knowledge. Unfortunately, this book fulfills neither of the expectations.

It is not a bad book, but it felt more like a book for parent doing stuff with their young children, or teachers with their students. I felt in that sense, it did very well in explaining all the concepts with simple, easy-to-understand diagrams.

However, if you are like me, looking for something inspiring, this is totally the wrong book. :(
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent quality automata book 4 Oct 2009
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Highly recomended. Other books from same author are of the same high quality as this one. 5 stars
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