Jules Verne Mechanical Theatre

(32″W x 24″H x 8″D) Metal, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Apple tree branches, Milk Paint, off the shelf hardware

Jules Verne took using pull chain as a mechanical part to a new level for me. Using the curved top metal edge of the theatre face as a track for the tree cars and the balanced counterweights (the red and green sculptures that can be seen through the portholes) as curtain returns took a lot of experimentation.

You can get a better look of how things work from this upper shot.

When the curtains are open the two level carousel can be operated from a knob underneath