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Kooky clockwork hand
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Meredith from the Steampunk Workshop hipped us to this strange objet d’art from a deviantArtist named Astalo, a Finnish blacksmith and jeweler. Of his piece, Astalo writes (translated from the Manglish):

Weird steampunk-themed “hand mechanism” that I made from brass, silver, steel, leather and some parts of one old alarm clock. (like gears and spring, etc.)

Making it took almost two months and it’s probably the most complex metalwork that I have ever done. The mechanism really works and it moves the user’s fingers for a brief period of time (Unfortunately that steel spring is not very strong).

Clockwork hand [via Steampunk Workshop]

6 thoughts on “Kooky clockwork hand

  1. Not at all the same in functionality, but the look of this art piece reminds me of an illustration in Vincent Di Fate’s book of science fiction art, namely the “orchid” weapon from Delany’s Dhalgren. Very cool.

  2. looks like an assistance device for people who have lost the use of their opposing muscles in their hand. something to do with tendons i think. i do know that i have seen it somewhere before.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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