Rattlebacks

Rattlebacks scientific mysteries; a musical tree using marbles as a children’s toy or decorative object; a small desk clock inspired by Henry Dudeney; a baffling puzzle drawing on the work of Lewis Carroll—all make for unforgettable gifts. Entertaining, educational and surprising, rich in symbolism and history, my fine woodwork aims to make science accessible in a form that is pleasing to the eye. Transforming creative design concepts into wooden objects is an essential component of my pursuits. (Pictures shown may slightly vary from actual products)

RATTLEBACK – GAEL

Wood: Apple – Black walnut -Linden
Decorative assembly:  Tongue and groove
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 inches)
Code: M80

Model for business gifts.  Several colours available.
Also available in a larger size for museums and universities (from 23 inches up to 8 feet long).

This rattleback model is very spectacular. The inversion motion of the spinning direction is by far the fastest and the most confusing of any other kind you may find. I invented this type of rattleback with joinery doing some research to augment its atypical motion. The results have surpassed all my expectations!  The behaviour of this object really seems to go against the laws of physics.

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RATTLEBACK – Mael – (birdseye maple)

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Wood: birdseye maple
Dimensions: About 20 cm (8 in)
Spinning direction: Counter-clockwise

Limited edition.

Birdseye maple is a beautiful wood that occurs naturally in less than 0.1% of all sugar maple trees. Therefore, It has a high scarcity value.
Its name aptly describes the “eyes” that develop in the tree.

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Rattleback – Logan (Sumac wood)

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Available wood: Sumac
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 in)
Spinning direction:  Counter-clockwise

Special limited edition.

This very decorative wood comes from the village of Pigeon Hill, on the Vermont/Quebec border. The tree was planted in the 80’s in the Pluriel Singulier Potery‘s garden of our friends Michel and Sara. It now relives a second time under the shape of rattlebacks which will spin all over the world!

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Rattleback – Vortex

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Available wood: Sugar maple or other hard wood
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 in)
Spinning direction:  Counter-clockwise

Spirals can be found everywhere in Nature, plants, snail shells, seashells, clouds and water paterns, galaxies….  They will represent continual motion and balance. They symbolize the slow reveal of things that are hidden. It can mean growth and evolution. They could represent people coming back to the same point in their life, but with new and better kinds of understanding.

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Rattleback – Vortex Duo

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Available wood: Sugar maple or other hard wood
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 in)
Spinning direction:  Clockwise and counter-clockwise

Spirals can be found everywhere in Nature, plants, snail shells, seashells, clouds and water paterns, galaxies….  They will represent continual motion and balance. They symbolize the slow reveal of things that are hidden. It can mean growth and evolution. They could represent people coming back to the same point in their life, but with new and better kinds of understanding.

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Rattleback – Vortex Trio

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Available wood: Sugar maple or other hard wood
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 in)
Spinning direction:  Clockwise, counter-clockwise and “wise”

Spirals can be found everywhere in Nature, plants, snail shells, seashells, clouds and water paterns, galaxies….  They will represent continual motion and balance. They symbolize the slow reveal of things that are hidden. It can mean growth and evolution. They could represent people coming back to the same point in their life, but with new and better kinds of understanding.

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RATTLEBACK – Dragons

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Available wood: Sugar maple / Yellow birch
Dimensions: About 20 cm (8 in)
Spinning direction: Counter-clockwise

These two intertwined dragons on the rattleback are a reproduction of the Book of Kells (9th century). They are each looking in different directions.  Which way should they turn?

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HENRY DUDENEY DESK CLOCK (German made movement)

Single face clock with setting in the back of the dial.
Albert Froidevaux & Fils S.A, Switzerland.

Spalted maple, black walnut.
20 cm x 23 cm x 5 cm (8 x 9 x 1.75 in)
800 gr.
Life-time warranty on the quartz movement
Metal alloy case, round glass lens, steel backplate
Battery included
Option: Laser-engraved logo for corporate gifts (logo example on the picture)

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LEAF CONCERTO – musical toy

This tree shaped musical toy sounds similar to a xylophone. Place the marbles at the top of the tree and they will make each leaf ring as they descend.

The motion path of the marbles is never completely the same. The challenge is to make all of the marbles tumble down without straying from the motion path surrounding the trunk.

This sound game for all ages is also a decorative piece that never fails to impress!

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Poplar – oak – recycled leather
35cm x 70cm (14×28 in)

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This tree shaped musical toy sounds similar to a xylophone. Place the marbles at the top of the tree and they will make each leaf ring as they descend.

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LEWIS CARROLL BAFFLING PUZZLE

Rules of the Game:  Reshape a square on the same surface with one piece less than in the starting configuration…  Illusion or geometry?

The principle of this puzzle draws on a discovery made by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), mathematician and author of the famous 1865 publication, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Presentation booklet

If you need clues to find the solution, contact me!

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Price: $190.00