I’m very pleased to say that it has been a long time since I’ve had good clean failure in the shop. Unfortunately today I broke my streak. I’ve always said that failure is a necessary aspect of learning and now its time to eat my words. I’ve had this little brass corkscrew figure in the works for quite some time. I’ve just been working up the nerve to build it into a machine using an old wind up record player motor. The trouble with these is that they produce very little torque. I believed I had worked around this by adding a gear box which would reduce speed and increase torque. Unfortunately after many hours of fiddling I have to admit that the motor just isn’t up to the task. The piece will eventually work out, I just have to use an electric motor, and return to the ambition of a spring powered one another day.