Paper Automatons

by Peter Markey
Paper cams and paper cogs and paper cranks. Cut the paper, glue the paper, turn the crank. Two innocent pieces of paper have become a . . .   

Turn the crank and the paper dog barks and spins its tail.




       Peter Markey, of Wales, is a magician of paper. He has created mechanical toys made of all sorts of materials, yet for me, his paper automatons are the most captivating. Each kit has two sheets of paper parts with clear and simple instructions for cutting and gluing the pieces. Little else is needed but scissors, exacto blade, a bit of tape and glue. The result is a wonderful feeling of creating something quite marvelous out of next to nothing. Two sheets and wood dowels in poly-bag with color header.