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Automata and Mechanical Toys Hardcover – 22 May 2002
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About the Author
Rodney Peppe is author-illustrator of over eighty children's books, and creator of Huxley Pig and Angelmouse for television. Rodney Peppe's Moving Toys was published in 1980, and this led to his toymaking. He rarely sells, but exhibits in one-man shows at venues including the V&A Museum of Childhood and the National Theatre.
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I actually bought another book at the same time which also attempted to teach automata (same price). I won't name it. But put it this way, I only looked at it twice. I'm reading this book instead. It's good. He's not just a craftsman - he can write. If you want to know the basics - then get it.
The "how-to" section is very explanatory, but not really inspiring. It is arranged so you can build sort of a demonstration cabinet of mechanisms, but it is not very charming. If you can translate the bits and bobs straight away into your own creation, it is a good source, but if you build what you're supposed to, you'll die of boredom before you finish.