Johnson Strikes Again!

Our inveterate tinkerer and engineer, Dave Johnson, has rocked the world of automaton enthusiasts once again. After countless weeks toiling in his underground secret lair (garage), Johnson went live over the weekend with his latest gizmo, a gift for his father-in-law’s 75th birthday (several components of the mechanics are dimensioned to be exactly 75mm). All the gears are hand-cut on a scroll saw and the auger mechanism was stolen from a plastic drywall anchor. The man is mad. God bless his madness. Behold:


About nikolas

Nikolas Weinstein was born in New York City in 1968. His aesthetic derives from a longstanding interest in the natural world. The influence of organic forms in his work dates to a young age, established during internships at The American Museum of Natural History and The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After graduating college with a degree in comparative literature, he moved to San Francisco, where he briefly worked as an assistant to a prominent graphic designer before founding his studio.
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4 Responses to Johnson Strikes Again!

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  2. matt says:

    Hand-cut?? Get this man a lasercutter and get those plans on! Genius.

    • Dave says:

      Oh, believe me, I am jonesing for a laser cutter, or even a CNC router. TechShop might be the way to go.

      In the meantime, I think belt drives might be the answer.

  3. Spencer says:

    That is soo cool!!! You’ve got to upload instructions on how to make this!

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