Fall 2014 - Volume 18 Number 4
Handcrafted figures and mechanisms
aluminum, brass, wood, fabric
David A Dumbrell
The internal mechanisms and figures of this clockspring-powered automaton are entirely handcrafted. (See it in action at: www.davestudiorama.com/the-snorer.html.) When wound up, the clockspring mounted into the side of this piece drives five cams, each of which manipulates the hand-painted figures much like strings on a marionette. One cam mechanism opens and closes the figures' eyes, another turns the heads or makes an arm swing, and yet another causes the wife to sit up. The result is the following scene: husband because of wife's snoring, pushes her, and goes back to sleep, and then she wakes up shocked before going back to sleep as well.
Mr Dumbrell is retired and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. More of his work can be seen at: www.davestudiorama.com.