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The Writer: 6,000 parts, 250 years old, still going strong

Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams, The Writer

Even though this clip is only two minutes in duration, watching this little clockwork boy in action is truly remarkable. For some reason, the fact the eyes also move makes it even more striking. Truly a masterpiece of the clockmaker’s art.

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  1. Emerson Lighthouse Emerson Lighthouse November 6, 2013

    This is a fantastic little video, especially the final twenty seconds.

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying November 7, 2013

    Its astounding what people can do when they push the limits of the possible.

  3. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg November 7, 2013


    This reminds me very much of the automata created by George Dower Sr. in the book Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter — the man who coined the term “steampunk.”  It makes me wonder if he was inspired by this real-life clockwork.

    (It was a book we read for Sera’s book club at the library!)

  4. Maku Ibn-Selat Maku Ibn-Selat November 7, 2013

    Indeed! Ms Flood was thinking of presenting a playing of the audiobook at some time.

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