I am a craftsman, inventor and musician based in London, England. I have always been interested in music, mechanisms, photography, history and technology. I play a variety of instruments primarily ukuleles, drums, timpani and percussion, and I invent and make a wide variety of percussion instruments and accessories. I also make props for TV, Stage and Museums. I write music and songs and have now made 3 solo CDs under my stage name Captain Bubble.
A rhythm played with Soft Poly Tone Beaters.
Tinkerbell and Plato play Swiss-Mongolian-Kentuckian-Hillbilly style, live at the Studios
Recorded live at the Studios. Playing the drums with my Poly Tone Beaters
50″ (1.3 meters) of brass chain hand-made for a new Gallinae Priemis which I am making. My side-cutters fatigued and broke, and my hands were sore and blistered by the end of work even though I was wearing work gloves. Well, at least the nastiest part of the job is now completed.
Just repaired, an automaton I made about 30 years years ago loosely based on a device made by Gallileo to study acceleration.
Part 2, the Routemaster Bus
Two videos of the game, now complete and ready for sale. This is part 1 the Taxi
Drive a model Routemaster Bus around some of London’s favourite places, using the lever to control a magnet inside the Red Cedar wood box. This is my fancy version of a game which was made in the 1960s but had only a flat street map and a plastic case. It might look easy, but some of the routes nd corners are fiendishly difficult to negotiate even if you are not trying to beat the clock!
I have been trying to get it ready to sell for Christmas, but a bit late now as it still needs waxing and polishing and a few more details so perhaps next year!London Bus Game
20 photos of my new Modular Drum Kit which is almost complete. It allows a wide range of set ups so you can take everything or just what you need. Photos start with a very basic set gradually building into a very versatile drum and percussion set up. After this there are a few close up photos of parts.
A short video in which I demonstrate how to produce various different tones using these new beaters (Patent applied for).
After the explanation I play some samba-style rhythm first with the “slappy” tone, then I turn the beaters round and play the same beat with the soft face, then flip them over to use the hard face