Even though this camel pull toy looks like it might have been made about the time as the French revolution took place, it is actually about 12 years old.
I made it for my 4 year old grandson from one of John Hutchison’s plans which was published quite a few years ago. John has told me since that the plan had some inherent weakness’s. The weak areas are the head and the tail where the grain is going in the wrong direction due to the nature of the moving parts. The humps, head and tail are driven by an internal cam that makes them go up and down as the camel is pulled along.
This is the third time I have had to repair it. My grandson who is now 16 insists on keeping it on a bookshelf in his room where it has been accidentally knocked off the shelf a few times. All of my projects have lifetime guarantees, but that is for my lifetime, not the recipient’s.
It does make me happy that my grandson still values his camel, now more of an object d’ art (or maybe just a fond childhood memory) than a toy. A great tribute to John Hutchinson’s designing capabilities. A wonderful item despite it’s very minor flaws. So many thanks John for helping me bond with my grandkids!
You can see a nicer photo of this project here
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.