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Make a mechanical marvel with scrollsawn parts

By John Hutchinson

Creativity comes from all sorts of inspiration. Lately, I’ve developed an addiction for making creatures to match wacky clip-on lampshades for my animated lamps. When I found a shade with palm fronds, I knew that I had to design a project featuring some long-necked herbivore. A pair of giraffes fits the bill nicely.

For me, the scrollsaw work is only a beginning of the creative process. What I enjoy most is giving life to my projects via simple cams, gears, and other shop-made mechanisms. In this instance, a cam and pair of linkages convert a small electric motor’s rotational movement into the gentle side-to-side sway of the animals’ heads and necks.

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