Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move

by Keisuke Saka

Other authorsEri Hamaji (Translator)
Paperback, 2010



St. Martin's Griffin (2010), 144 pages


Originally published in Japan,Karakuriis an introduction to the simple mechanisms, such as gears, cranks, cams, and levers, used to bring to life these amazing moving paper models or automata. Included are pull-out pages for you to use to construct your own moving models of the different types of gears. These models serve as the basis for designing your own karakuri or may just be admired on their own. Detailed explanations, accompanied by diagrams, explain the physics behind how karakuri move and operate, so you really learn about the properties of the different types of gears and cams. And to inspire you, also included are four fun, full-color karakuri models designed by the author, a well-known paper engineer. Printed on pull-out pages and easily assembled, the projects include a whimsical tea-serving robot, an amusing penguin perched on an iceberg and trying to fly, a delightful peek-a-boo-playing teddy bear, and a mesmerizing train that goes around on a track and through a tunnel! With complete directions, fourteen full-size models, and the science behind the craft revealed, Keisuke Saka's book is a unique introduction to an ancient art and a perfect gift for creative and imaginative minds.… (more)


Original language


Physical description

144 p.; 8.58 inches


0312566697 / 9780312566692




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