Camelia the canterin' camel

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Project by stefang posted 05-16-2009 01:18 AM 7926 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy I made from Elm 7 years ago for my youngest grandson from the plans in an article in the Woodworkers Journal Dec. 2000. The toy was designed by John Hutchison, an architect from Ohio. The humps, head, tail and legs all move up and down when the toy is pushed. It has been in for repairs several times. Perhaps you can see where I have re-glued the neck twice, the tail once and some work on the feet. Some of these problems might have been avoided with better grain orientation, although I did follow the authors suggested orientation. Originally there were rubber “o” rings stretched over the grooves in the wheels to give it sufficient traction. The last picture shows the back wheels with a cam attached to the wheel axle which drives a dowel that in turn drives the whole thing. I guess my grandson has fond memories of playing with it because he still keeps it on display in his bedroom. If you want to make it, you might be still be able to get the plan from WWJ magazine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 01:26 AM

I,ve seen toys like this from a library book a couple of years ago and they look like fun projects. Thanks for posting this one my, son would love it.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 01:28 AM

That’s way out crazy fun. well done.

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 02:19 AM

I’m sure you got a lot of satisfaction watching your grandson play with it, plus the satisfaction you got when you put it together and tried it the first time and it actually worked. Nice toy.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 03:40 AM

That’s really cool!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 09:06 AM

I like him:-)) I may make one for my grandsons. I can see enough right here to make it happen, thanks for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 02:23 PM

Makes me wish my grandkids hadn’t grown up. Maybe my grand nieces and nephews … Nice job.

-- Whatever

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 05:10 PM

Thanks for the compliments, but the real credit should go to the designer John Hutchins who wrote a fine article with very good plans and easy to follow instructions. The thing practically made itself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 07:23 PM

Mike is a very helpful LJ (as are many whom I’ve come across). Thanks for sharing this fun project – making it will bring out the child in us! I’m sure going to try ….

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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