An Impractical Key Cabinet
June 24, 2018 8:38 AM   Subscribe

An Impractical Key Cabinet
My first automaton! A clockwork cabinet built mostly for fun and whimsy, but I thought it would be nice to make it slightly practical as well.

I spent a year at Vindelns Folkhogskola, a woodwork/handicrafts/blacksmithing school in northern Sweden. This was my final project, and took about six months on and off, from sketching to designing to prototypes to the final product.
Role: Designer/maker
posted by twirlypen (11 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

It’s beautiful!
posted by not_the_water at 9:11 AM on June 24


This is a delight!
posted by prewar lemonade at 3:43 PM on June 24


What a cool creation. The video did a good job showing the different parts but it really made me want to be physically in the room with the cabinet so I could inspect all the different details.

I loved the seagulls especially.
posted by loquacious crouton at 3:49 PM on June 24


This is lovely. Wonderful job.
posted by Fizz at 6:18 PM on June 24


That's wonderful and very smile-inducing. I hope you are able to make more.
posted by unearthed at 11:00 PM on June 24


This is absolutely amazing, I love it so much! Thank you so much for sharing!
posted by lollymccatburglar at 4:14 AM on June 27


Oh man I love stuff like this. Beautiful!

And good for you for doing the trade / craft school thing!
posted by bondcliff at 6:37 AM on June 27


Oh, that fisherman! This is wonderful!
posted by mochapickle at 9:53 PM on June 27


Wow! That is super cool!
posted by belladonna at 5:33 PM on July 1


Nice movie-making skill, in addition to the design and execution of the piece. I love the cloud with silver 'rain' and, basically, everything about this.
posted by theora55 at 11:55 AM on July 3


That is fantastic - a beautifully crafted, and functioning, creation - wonderful! Plus your video showing it off is great too.
posted by eddieddieddie at 9:34 PM on August 4


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