by Peter Henderson
There are a lot of things that make the John Smith organ special, with plans
and video in their straightforward form they work well for the complete novice,
whilst allowing a personalised version for the more adventurous. The basic
organ is of lightweight construction and could be the lightest real organ
in the world!
The animation for the conductor's arms is taken from 2 sets of pins placed in the face of the Hoover driving wheel, so that he beats time to the music. The head is strung to the top of the reservoir (short of air, looks left!). Both figures bow together using a hidden trigger within the left organ lifting aperture. This goes down very well with the children making interaction with their responses. Also a way of thanking for donations!
I recommend for the John Smith organ some sort of animated object as other organ grinders seem to have. There are many ingenious ways.
My prototype man is currently residing in John's workshop, I think John is working on another variation which should prove interesting.
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