Ronald Walter has designed a marble machine, and custom-built the marble racetrack from rosewood. The invention draws on the human attention to loud noises and interesting movements that entertain us. The marble machine is a noisy sight, with the click-clack of marbles rolling in many directions, up and down ramps, to the backdrop of large gears. It’s a whimsical and amusing sight, designed to draw the eyes and ears, complete with baseball cage-like cover that prevents the marbles from escaping their busy pathways.
- The Marble Machine stands 30 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds.
- There are 16 hand-cut gears made from plywood which are driven by a gear reduction motor.
- Ball bearings run through the machine in all directions, dropping, spinning, rolling and ringing bells
“People seem to enjoy watching gears turn and marbles running around in circles making noise.”