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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (12 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847977448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847977441
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.5 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Race has been a full-time maker for more than thirty years. His work, including automata, kinetic sculpture and moving toys, has been widely exhibited. He has been an active member of the British Toymakers Guild since 1991.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hobbyist on 25 Sept. 2014
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This is a great book. I've quite a collection on this subject but most of them don't tackle making them. This one does. There are two good wooden projects to make and another described in the text in detail which again is good to make. The projects range from a simple cardboard automata through three wooden projects. You'll need some woodworking skills and ideally some basic machinery and if you've got those then this book will guide you through the rest. There's some history of automata, and some very good examples of the craft. Lots of ideas you can use in your own future projects. The whole book is in colour. Highly recommended.
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I bought this book as a birthday gift for my husband, so he hasn't seen it yet. I know he'll be delighted with it - I am. The automata in the book are charming. I've always been fascinated with automata, especially when they're homemade and made of wood. Those made in this book are gorgeous. Some bring back memories of those I had as a child, and I've no idea what happened to them. Others, like the snake in the box, you can still buy in shops and I had one up until a couple of years ago and didn't replace it. I just love the toys and I hope my husband will want to make them. They are easy to make and Roberto Race explains that sometimes when you miss bits out of the the toys, the better they are - less is more....leaves more to the imagination with automata. I agree.

It is an excellent book and I can definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john a alden on 1 July 2014
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Well illustrated with lots of hints and tips for all who are interested in making automata. Contains many examples of work by contemporary artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. D. Thurman on 19 Aug. 2014
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the best book on the market for teaching you simply and quickly how to make automata, excellent !!
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lots of information on automata history and design I collect books on automata and I give this book ten out of ten anyone wishing to build one theses little moveing marvels will get lots of help from reading this book
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Brilliant - A wonderful artist and a inspiring teacher. Thank you
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