Mechanical Singing Birds

Incredible automata singing birds. It’s humbling to realize that the technical heights of a craft may have been achieved over 100 years ago. In this case imitating bird songs with clockwork bellows and an understanding of nature. via The Automata Blog (see also Singing Bird )

Even simpler Dividing Head

In my lead up to building a clock I need to start building the tools that I need. One of the most important ones is a dividing head for my Sherline Lathe/Mill. I’ve been looking at a variety of options each with it’s own degrees of complexity. Then this one came to my attention. Very […]

Machinst/Artist Spotlight: Dan Grayber

Coming from a formal art background I have developed a respect for people who create for the sake of creation. Their constructions primarily test thoughts and illustrate ideas. Where as machinists take thoughts and make real, some can lead the mechanical into a world of creative play. …My sculptures are invented only to sustain themselves, […]

Gearing up for some projects

One of my goals is to build my own clock in the next few years. This is such a lofty goal as I have no practical experience in machining, clockmaking, gearing, metalwork, or woodwork. Ok I can nail a few 2x4s together and even saw them so they obtain a basic pleasing shape but fine […]


Finally finished one of the albatrosses hanging around my neck. A new pergola for my back deck! Yeah after almost two years of ‘I’ll get around to that’, I finally got around to doing it. And of course when I get the bit between my teeth I can’t just let it go. So when the […]

Brilliantly Simple Detent

I’ve been obsessed with detent couplers over the past few months. All kinds of them, any kind really. The motivation originally came out of my jewellery/rope making obsession where I’m always looking for great clasp. A machined coupler has such a beautiful look and feel to it. They often involve ball bearings and springs: The […]

Indexing with Saw Blades

Recently came across this great site while looking for a cheap/practical way to build an indexing plate for my Sherline lathe. He uses a Taig lath but the idea is transferable. I love the great simplicity of the idea and the ingeniousness of it’s execution.