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Clockwise from top left, a wooden version from India; one from Mexico with the box and the snake’s head in wood, but the body of the snake in metal wire, covered with a loosely woven textile tube; one from Kenya in carved and dyed soapstone; a cut-out made from a sheet of printed card. A design using one mechanism can always be adapted. Changes can always be made, but it may not be as simple as it seems at ﬁrst sight. One little change will probably lead to another … and another … Nevertheless it is a good thing to attempt such changes: you will really 53 have to get to grips with how the design works, and you get a greater understanding of the underlying principles.
An artist’s quick sketch may have more immediacy and vitality than the worked-up canvas. Something similar happens with automata: it’s not necessary to imitate life in all the complexities of its forms and movement. A surprisingly small and simpliﬁed movement is all that is needed to 51 make a ﬁgure seem to come alive. Nor is it necessary for an automaton to tell a long and complicated story: if you set the scene, and drop a few hints, then the onlookers will be very ready to ﬁll in the details.
Looking at this exercise in respect of the six golden rules, there are some points to note: 1. Doubling up the birds is an experiment. I like the resulting look of Muttering Birds, but how about the way it moves? Operating it by turning a crank handle has a diﬀerent feel to twiddling a knob. Possibly because each bird tends to mirror the other, the movement seems a little more regular, more stilted. Turning the handle very slowly seems to give a better result, and so does turning it very fast, which gives a manic eﬀect that you could not get by twiddling the knob on Muttering Bird.
Daggers and Bayonets - A History by Logan Thompson