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BBC News – How to build a bigger, better corkscrew

How to build a bigger, better corkscrew
There are many man-made objects in the world in need of improvement. And there are a small number that, through use and experience, have become stripped to their essence and as a result are hard to improve upon. Or so you might think.

One such object is the traditional corkscrew. At its most primitive it displays an almost iron-age simplicity.


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Twisted toymaker Paul Spooner on his ‘wooden cartoons’

BBC News – Twisted toymaker Paul Spooner on his ‘wooden cartoons’
Paul Spooner specialises in a field known as ‘mechanical automata’. He makes elaborate constructions from various materials – with a strong preference for wood – as much for the joy of making them, as to further any practical purpose.