I'm designing a new piece to be called "Cirque de Poulet" where a chicken rides a unicycle in a circle. The first challenge is building a small working unicycle. I picked out a reasonable size to see what was possible then I cut a wheel rim from poplar, made a wheel hub, and drilled holes for brass spokes. I made a tire from a piece of 1/4" rubber hose to get a fat tire. It seemed easier than trying to source out a fat o-ring.
Next I painted the rims and attached the tire. Then I made some brass pedal cranks and pins for the paddles and soldered it all together. Paint still needed in the photo below. Next post I'll show the yokes. pedals and the chicken legs.
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Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.