Scientific Instruments and Models Section

of the Internet Craftsmanship Museum

Seen above are a Newtonian Telescope modeled by Tatjana van Vark (left) and a model of  a telescope made in 1823 by Joseph von Fraunhofer  modeled by Bill Gould (center). On the right is an updated version of the ancient Antikythera Mechanism discovered in a shipwreck off a Greek island that is one of the first known analog (geared) calculators to predict the movement of the sun and planets, also by Tatjana van Vark.

Makers of scientific instruments in the past were often at the leading edge of the advance of science. Astronomy depended on the makers of telescopes while other studies required improved microscopes. Studies of the solar system were accompanied by complicated planetariums that modeled the movement of the sun and planets. Other sciences from meterology to electronics also require the work of fine craftsmen in order to benefit from better and more accurate measurements. Modern machinists and model makers continue that tradition by both designing and making new instruments and by modeling some of the most significant instruments from the past. Because of the precise nature of these devices, only the finest craftsmanship is acceptable. A fortunate byproduct of this precision and dedication to pure function is that the instruments often demonstrate a beauty and purity of purpose that almost takes them into the world of art. Here we feature projects that demonstrate the beauty, inventiveness and historical significance of some of these objects.

Craftsmen represented in this section are:

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Craftsman (Click name to visit page on this craftsman)

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William Gould

An "Industrial Archiologist" recreates artifacts in the real world as well as the virtual world to show the function of devices from the past

Telescope detail

Tajana van Vark

Recreating scientific instruments from the past while expanding on their possibilities for the future


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