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November 10, 2007

Andy Paiko glass
Posted by Teresa at 05:11 PM * 64 comments

It’s mad scientist sculptural glassware. Gracious living for alchemists. The supply source for compotes, cakestands, bell jars, and other objects—for instance, an absinthe fountain—in the style of Edward Gorey illustrations.

The main site.

Looking at Andy Paiko’s glassware makes the worldbuilding corner of my brain think that magic and alchemy must actually exist. Why else would you manufacture complex instruments out of glass, unless you needed its odd and specific properties? And if so, what are you measuring with a glass seismograph, or with an accurate glass balance (incl. weights)? What kind of beast is vulnerable to a glass caltrop? What are you administering with a glass syringe that’s five and a half feet long? What fiber, what yarn, requires a fully functional glass spinning wheel?*

When I was young and first encountered the concept of someone holding a professorial chair (viz. the Regius Chair of Physic), I imagined it was an elaborate piece of furniture. Clearly, there’s a university where this is true, and here’s the siege perilous to prove it. The enclosed object at center top is a rhesus monkey skull; the legs contain a spiny murex shell, the complete skeleton of a rat, a piece of octopus coral, and the skull of a mountain lion. I can’t make out the engravings on the chair seat.

Enclosed remains are something of a theme. Consider Canis auribus tenere, an elaborate alchemical jar holding a gold-plated coyote skull hermetically enclosed within memories. Andy Paiko also makes intricately inscribed jars containing spines, and object jars (note inscriptions) containing more miscellaneous specimens. There’s a story behind this one, but I’m not sure I want to know it.

My favorite instruments are the two “Pseudoelectrical devices.” I’ll start with the second:

This device also fits inside a large bell jar. It runs on infrared light. It was designed to answer any questions you might have. Yes, that is a radiometer.
This is the one I like best:
This device is displayed inside a very large gold and clear bell jar. It runs on ultraviolet light and is designed to make you ask questions. Yes, those are Tesla coils.
Tesla coils make everything better.

You can’t say Paiko’s work is steampunk. Ornate, finely turned scientific instruments, and devices that play with electrical fluid, hearken back to an age before the ascendancy of the steam engine. This is geek rococo.

(Link courtesy of Elise Matthesen, who got it from Marie Booth.)

Comments on Andy Paiko glass:
#1 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 05:09 PM:

There you go, time-posting again, Teresa.

#2 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 05:16 PM:

That's what I get for scribbling notes on the backs of old posts.

#3 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 05:21 PM:

Oh darn, now my comment doesn't make any sense. Well, it probably didn't anyway. But I now know (and am duly impressed by) your secret.

#5 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 05:27 PM:

The spinning wheel? Straw into gold, duh.

(No, I'm not back. I just felt the mention of yarn.)

#6 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 05:27 PM:

Those are magnificent! I'm almost afraid to look at too many of them.

Teresa, your line about "Tesla coils make everything better" reminds me to ask: did the Tor offices ever get their van de Graaf generator?

#7 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 05:36 PM:

TexAnne @5:
The spinning wheel? Straw into gold, duh.

Perhaps, or perhaps it's just for pricking fingers. Imagine Sleeping Beauty's blood on that, adding just a touch of the Gothic to the otherwise pristine purity of the form...

#8 ::: theophylact ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 06:11 PM:

You don't really need a Van de Graaff generator; a Wimshurst machine is a nice steampunk equivalent.

#9 ::: Todd Larason ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 06:26 PM:

Some of the captions imply these are available for purchase, but no prices are mentioned, nor am I finding any ordering information. That probably means it's completely outside my price range and they can't survive being shipped any way, but does anybody know for sure?

#10 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 06:33 PM:

True, abi. Very few people know the story of what happened to the spindle, or indeed the entire wheel, after Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger. The tale is told in The Red Wheel, which is difficult to find these days. Some excerpts follow:

When the spinning wheel realized how she'd been tricked into harming Beauty, she herself turned as red as the blood on her spindle, and so she remained until the end of her days; from that day forward she was known as the Red Wheel.

She fled the palace in shame, so quickly that not even the rapidly-growing brambles could stop her. She vowed revenge upon the Wicked Fairy, but how could she, a humble spinning wheel, hope to get it?
And, much later:
The bloodstains from the Wicked Fairy's horrific demise did not show on the Red Wheel at all, and when she brought the thread to the Weaver no questions were asked. In fact the Weaver praised the thread as the best gut thread she'd ever worked. She rapidly fulfilled the Red Wheel's commission.
And the very end:
Having fulfilled her oath, and placed the promised garters on Princess Beauty, the Red Wheel retired to her accustomed place in the corner of the room, where she had lived contented until the King's decree. Even when the foolish young prince assumed that it was his kiss which awakened Beauty, and not the expiration of the curse, she was content.
It's really a lovely tale. Unfortunately you probably can't find a copy of it, used or new, anywhere for sale right now.
#11 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 06:36 PM:

Wow. Nice tesla coil.

I almost expected to find a working vacuum tube AM radio or something. Hm. Functioning vacuum tube art. That could be cool.

#12 ::: John Chu ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 06:49 PM:

Wow. This reminds me of a clock a friend of mine built... entirely out of wood. Yes, he designed the clockwork mechanisms, carved the gears etc., then fit it together. It also kept the correct time.

#13 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 07:29 PM:

How cruel of you, Xopher, to tease us with a few choice excerpts. At least tell us who the author is.

#14 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 07:29 PM:

How cruel of you, Xopher, to tease us with a few choice excerpts. At least tell us who the author is.

#15 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 08:07 PM:

Has Tim Powers seen these? They could likely turn into a novel or two in his hands.

(I'm just reading Expiration Date this weekend; thanks to Tor for republishing it.)

#16 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 08:18 PM:

They seem like artifacts from another timeline, another earth, magically transported into ours. Not just the artifacts of alchemy, but of arts magical created by beings not quite like us.

#17 ::: Steve C. ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 08:25 PM:

Those pieces of art are lovely. I wonder how long it takes to produce something like that seismograph?

#18 ::: Cynthia Wood ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 08:42 PM:

Ever since I learned to spin, Cinderella's story has bothered me. Most spinning wheels don't have spindles. Or any sharp parts at all. To get something sharp to prick yourself on, you either need a charka (wrong continent), or a distaff.

#19 ::: Calluna V. ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 09:18 PM:

I couldn't help it. I can't afford a teaspoon right now, but I had to e-mail him to ask about an orrery. Doesn't it just seem right and proper that there should be one? Articulated, moving, each heavenly body a glass globe holding something different, something right.

I don't need to own it - though if I got it, I know who I'd give it to - I just want it to exist somewhere.

#20 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 09:26 PM:

Fragano 16: Yes, exactly my feeling. Nonhuman artwork. Jaw-droppingly brilliant.

Cynthia 18: I wondered about that. I suppose there was a goof somewhere...and the old deaf woman in the tale was spinning with a distaff, and someone who only knew spinning by reputation mistranslated or misinterpreted it.

#21 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 09:28 PM:

Sajia 13: The author of the complete work is not known.

#22 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 09:38 PM:


Apparently at least one of the items is available through Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

#23 ::: Dawno ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 09:48 PM:

If the artist information on the site is still accurate, his work can be seen at Seaview Art Glass in Cazadero, CA. that's about 130 miles north of where I live and 20 - 30 miles from the "heart of the Sonoma wine country", Santa Rosa. Sounds like a wonderful weekend get away idea - see his work and visit some wineries, too. Hey, Medievalist - you reading this? *hint*

#24 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 10:09 PM:

(views bio)
Nice picture. And the glass things are quite beautiful, too ;)
Seriously, though, wasn't there another West Coast glass artist who made similarly beautiful lamps and ceiling glass objects, whose wares were bought by famous Hollywood stars? I remember a CNN news segment in the late 90s featuring this artist. Are they the same artist? They could have been teacher and pupil, on the other hand.

#25 ::: Diatryma ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 10:11 PM:

Calluna V, you have just... brain. With the melting. There are so many things you could do with it, alchemically, astronomically, symbolically, oh, and it would *move*....
My brain is not sitting to attention, but only because it is slumping over to the floor to have its belly rubbed with that idea.

#26 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 10:20 PM:

See, this is why we need an immediate socialist revolution, so that artistically talented people from all over the world will be able to escape toil and create gorgeous art that will have the sole and virtuous function of moving people.
Overworked editors may smile wryly, but I have seen beautiful art produced by people recovering from mental illnesses and the associated distress. And not sappy 'granola' art, either. It won't make them money, but it should give them self-worth.

#27 ::: Emma ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 11:11 PM:

Cynthia @13 and Xopher @20: The
Perrault version has the old woman using a distaff. I also remember seeing an old russian illustration that showed a Baba Yaga type holding a distaff...

#28 ::: Emma ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 11:12 PM:

Crud. Link didn't work. Let's see:
Perrault version

#29 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 11:14 PM:

What kind of beast is vulnerable to a glass caltrop? Alien visitors to Earth, investigating the cause of atmospheric changes, per Hal Clement's The Nitrogen Fix.

#30 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 11:36 PM:

Saija Kabir, I think you mean Dale Chihuly.

#31 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 11:54 PM:

Thanks for the link, Marilee! Mr Chihuly's work is as stunning as I remembered. Must ... resist... urge ... to call him Good Ctulhu...

#32 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: November 10, 2007, 11:58 PM:

Sajia @ 24. Are you maybe thinking of Dale Chihuly?
He did a series of works and displays for the 1998 Festival of Sydney, including a 'chandelier' for one foyer of the Sydney Opera House and outdoor installations in the Royal Botanic Garden's ponds & thereabouts. There was a bunch of publicity about him at the time that seemed to say he was quite a big name and had been for some years.

#33 ::: joel hanes ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 12:00 AM:

Greg London screv:

Functioning vacuum tube art. That could be cool.

Would you settle for a Nixie tube clock?

You can buy Nixie tubes here.

#34 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 12:01 AM:

Gurk! Took too long trying to find a picture of one of his Sydney pieces, and didn't check on updating of thread. Sorry.

#35 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 12:11 AM:

Emma 28: So my wild (if mildly educated guess) about the distaff was right? Hot diggety. Now if only we could find out who first mistakenly put a spinning wheel in there.

It had to be before The Red Wheel was written, but then most things did happen before that. way to convert the story into The Red Distaff, I'm afraid. The Wicked Fairy is broken on the wheel before having her intestines drawn out and spun into thread. Somehow a distaff...nah, never work.

#36 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 12:33 AM:

Speaking of Cthulhu, oh god my eyes.

#37 ::: Zarquon ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 02:04 AM:
What kind of beast is vulnerable to a glass caltrop? What are you administering with a glass syringe that’s five and a half feet long? What fiber, what yarn, requires a fully functional glass spinning wheel?

What good is a glass dagger?

#38 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 02:59 AM:

Julie L. @ 36

Wait, that's not hentai ...

#39 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 03:13 AM:

The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is in Tacoma, WA, just south of Seattle, at the Museum of Glass. If you're in the area, and love glass work, it's worth a few hours stop. There are installations and exhibits from a number of artists, and several of them are, well fabulous may be overused, but it works in this context. It's probably even bigger and more interesting now than when I was there last, which was four years ago or so.

Chihuly likes large installations of very curved abstract forms, not at all like Palko's work, except in the sense of appearing alien to our normal world. Palko's pieces are amazingly precise and of truly impressive craftsmanship. I've known scientific instrument machinists who would have been proud to do that level of work in any medium. let alone in glass.

#40 ::: individualfrog ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 03:32 AM:

Maybe clockpunk?

#41 ::: Dave Luckett ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 05:27 AM:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There's no accounting for tastes.

It's the only explanation I have, and also the only defense.

#42 ::: Neil Willcox ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 07:33 AM:

Emma @28, Xopher @35, a quick glance at the links off the wikipedia page and some googling has found me a version from 1919 where it's a spinning wheel. There's a 1910 version which mentions spinning wheels, but it's a distaff that actually puts her to sleep. Interestingly the 1910 one names the Princess as Aurora, the name Disney used.

(While looking I found an article on Alexander Solzhenitsyn's The Red Wheel; sadly it doesn't look to be as much fun as the one Xopher refers to.)

#43 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 09:55 AM:

#36: Uh, they couldn't get a dinosaur?

#44 ::: Emma ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 10:22 AM:

Chilhuly did a couple of installations here at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Some of my pictures for those of you who have never seen the garden installations. They are magnificent:

Sorry for the no link. Every time I try to preview the entry it deletes the link?

#45 ::: TChem ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 12:58 PM:

Re: Sleeping beauty: There's also the walking wheel (also known as a great wheel). Predates the flyer mechanism on what now gets thought of as a "traditional wheel", has a great pointy thing that I'd undoubtedly stick myself with if I had one.

#46 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 01:06 PM:

Utterly cool! I'm a big fan of Chihuly, and these works are quite different but just as jaw-droppingly wonderful. (And yes, the artist is cute too.) I've now saved the website with my favorites for arts and crafts.

#47 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 02:09 PM:

Hey, TexAnne (5). For someone who's not here, you seem awfully present. And you're right; straw into gold it must be. Or possibly really good long-fiber undyed silk top; it has the right surreal angelic feel to it.

*Abi, I'd posted a particle, but it was taking forever to finish posting, so I typed the second particle I had waiting into the entry box for Making Light. When the first particle finished posting, I summoned up a new entry form in particles, and copied the second particle to it.

Meanwhile, that entry form sat there in Making Light. When I went to post about the glassware, I selected and deleted the draft text of the second particle and wrote my new post for Making Light. I remembered to adjust the posting timestamp for the length of time it took me to write it, but I forgot that that ML entry form had been hanging around since yesterday.

Thus, when I posted it, it showed up with a false early date, and three other posts in front of it. Michael Roberts saw it that way before we fixed it.

Xopher (6), we never did get our well-deserved Van de Graaf generator. It's very sad.

Theophylact (8), the Wimshurst Machine is very nice and all, but when you've got your heart set on a Van de Graaf generator, it's just not the same.

John Chu (12), you used to be able to buy a book whose pages you could cut up and assemble into a working paper clock that by all accounts kept very good time. I went looking to see whether someone had put it online. I didn't find it, but I did find a nifty project for kids: a working clock you can make out of paper, paper clips, and a compact disk.

(If that design (and waster CDs) had been around at the time, small Jim Macdonald would inevitably have built one.)

Clockmaking is a fetish activity for woodworkers. It isn't high tech -- the Black Forest was exporting vernacular cuckoo clocks as of the 18th C. -- but it does take precision, and has lots of fiddly bits to play with.

Some specimens: relatively simple peg-gear clocks., which sells make-it-from-scratch plans, just-assemble-it kits, and finished clocks for wimps; but proudly displays a page of mutant clocks their customers have made from them.

Here we cross an invisible line, passing out of conventional woodworking, and into the territory of CNC and non-CNC machinists. What they teach us is that the future need not be full of technologically deracinated software-users; also, that the super-clean streamlined unornamented future was a delusion. Humans like oddity, ornamentation, complication for its own sake, and personally meaningful environments. When you give them control of the means of prototyping and production, that's what they make.

But I digress.

Gary's Wooden Clocks is a fabulous site, full of useful bits. It also has a well-photographed gallery of noteworthy clocks in which each photo leads to more information on that clock, and in many cases to the clockmaker's own site.

The gallery and its links are a trove of daft marvels. For instance, it leads to J. R. Beall's site. He makes excellent wooden-geared clocks, but he also makes madly complicated kaleidoscopes. (Note: kaleidoscopes are also a maker-fetish.) Lest you think I loosely throw around terms like madly complicated, consider this one. That's a wooden chain drive on the side.

Alternate destinations: Dale Mathis (gallery). Ungehobelte Präzisionsmaschinen und andere Statuen von Ludvik Cejp / aus Holz, Primitivismus und noch anderen Ingredienzen. The website of Rob Pirtle, a.k.a. Rabbit's Clocks, which is subdivided into clocks, not clocks (yes, there's a kaleidoscope, with a wooden chain drive), and miscellaneous/under construction. I think it took me an extra step to get to Clayton Boyer's Clocks, but I don't remember how I did it. He shows off some of them on YouTube. Demetris Papakyriacou turns out to be the guy who made the most striking mutant clock out of's designs. He has a robust imagination.

...Does it qualify as a digression when it's that big?

#48 ::: debcha ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 02:45 PM:

I'm afraid to inquire about prices for anything on that site (I really want the lube rack. Or the caltrop. Or anything with bones.) for fear that I will barely be able to afford it.

#49 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 03:13 PM:

Fans of this type of thing all know Kaden's Eccentric Genius site, right?

He leans more to alt-history 1800s-1920s flavor: brass, cast aluminum, miniature working ballistas, Gysin dream machines, hypnodisks, etc. If I were rich, I'd definitely be ordering a few custom pieces from him.

#50 ::: Lexica ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 03:19 PM:

Teresa @ 47: Serendipitously, I have a copy of "The All Paper Clock / L'Horloge Tout Papier", by Wrebbit, that's spent the last 10 years in my stack of projects to get around to someday. (This eBay auction shows a photo of the box.) I don't think I'm ever going to get to it, and I've been trying to decide what to do with it — it's too neat and too specialized a thing for me to want to just leave it on the freecycling table in our building's laundry room.

If you or someone else here would like it and would build it, I'd love to know that it was actually being used as it ought to be.

#51 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 06:28 PM:

Clifton (15), Tim Powers, yes. Or possibly Gregory Keyes.

Fragano (16), alternate reality, yes; but I think it's still within the known range of human mind and hand.

Calluna (19): I love orreries. I've always wanted one with brass gears, and semiprecious stone planets, and everything labeled in Eighteenth Century cursive. It might be sufficient to know that one exists somewhere.

#52 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 07:27 PM:

TNH #51: You're right.

#53 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 08:08 PM:

Teresa: I haven't read any Greg Keyes other than The Briar King, and haven't yet got to the rest of that series. I just looked up his bibliography and discovered the Newton's Cannon series. I guess I'll have to put that on my list to get to?

The other writer I initially thought of on seeing them is Teresa Edgerton, and her lovely sciento-magical books like The Gnome's Engine, but I forgot about her while posting my reply.

Now this theme of surreal or alchemical technological instruments is bringing back another odd book to my mind, which I can't quite place. Does anybody recall a book about interstellar spaceships which travel by musically harmonizing to the music of the spheres, according to a kind of alchemical technology? As I recall the main character was a young woman fighting prejudice to be accepted as a pilot/musician/navigator. I believe it was a series, but I never read beyond the first book.

#54 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 08:21 PM:

Possibly Celestial Matters, by Richard Garfinkle? It's a sort of SF novel set in a world in which the ancient Greek and Chinese theories of how the universe works are actually true, and those principles are used to launch a space ship.

#55 ::: Janet ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 08:27 PM:

I was looking at the gorgeous, sophisticated pictures, including the ones from the wildly expensive magazine layouts, and naturally imagining an artist working in New York. Nope! His studio is in Vancouver, Washington, right across the river from my home in Portland. He's had several shows in galleries here in Portland, which I tragically missed.

The Pacific NW is a hotbed of glass. Around here one is expected to look down on Dale Chihuly a bit, but I like his putti all the same. The Museum of Glass in Tacoma is well worth a visit. They don't have a big permanent collection, so you're taking potluck on what artists are currently being exhibited. They always have an artist in residence, and you can watch the work in progress, which is very cool. The last time I was there, one of the exhibitors was William Morris. I was loving his stuff, when I turned a corner and said "Holy shit!". Do you suppose that's the reaction most artists are going for? What I came upon was an installation called "Cache". I've found pictures of it online, but they don't begin to do justice to seeing it in person. He does a lot of things that don't look like glass -- funerary urns, bones -- yet they have this subtle translucence that is luscious.

#56 ::: Nona ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 09:54 PM:

Once I learned to spin, I assumed the reason for the spindle in Sleeping Beauty is that the story predates the flyer wheel. Walking wheels and similarly pointy contraptions have coexisted with flyer wheels for a long while, but I was under the impression that they came first by a significant margin.

Now, what I *really* want to know is, what the heck fiber was Arachne spinning, to get it so fine?

#57 ::: cherish ::: (view all by) ::: November 11, 2007, 10:06 PM:


The kind of orrery you describe exists in literature, in John Crowley's "Little, Big." So big and detailed, you can sit in it and watch the planets move.

#58 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: November 12, 2007, 05:30 AM:

Clifton Royston@53: That's Melissa Scott's "Silence Leigh" trilogy, Five-Twelfths of Heaven, Silence in Solitude, and The Empress of Earth. (I originally typed The Empress of Solitude, an interesting conflation, and couldn't remember a third; got the right titles by googling, of course.)

#59 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: November 12, 2007, 09:08 AM:

Nona (#56): Now, what I *really* want to know is, what the heck fiber was Arachne spinning, to get it so fine? Her own spider silk, I'd guess.

#60 ::: C. Wingate ::: (view all by) ::: November 12, 2007, 12:05 PM:

Ticking away in a clock shop just a few miles from here is a rare wooden clock (the fourth of only four made) which lacks a normal gear train. The escapement is a series of wooden flip-flops which step the motion down by a factor of 32; this moves a 60 tooth ratchet gear to move the minute hand, and a mechanism which I don't understand to reduce this by 12 to move the hour hand.

#61 ::: vee ::: (view all by) ::: November 12, 2007, 04:32 PM:

TNH @47--unlurking momentarily to say that if you haven't found the book of the paper clock you can assemble yourself, I've got it somewhere in a pile of "nifty things picked up at garage sales" at my parents' place. My sister and I, as children, could never bring ourselves to cut it up, so it's still whole. If people would like, I can look for it when I head home for the holidays and at least post the ISBN for easier locating.

#62 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 13, 2007, 02:52 AM:

David @ #58: Thank you, thank you! That's the one, all right. I had been trying to mentally dredge up the first title and kept coming up with "Seven Degrees of Heaven", which was in the right general direction but of course got me nowhere with Google. Those first two titles definitely ring a bell (or perhaps a glass harmonica, in this case.) I'll have to go hunt that up too now.

#63 ::: Hank Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: November 15, 2007, 06:47 PM:

Paiko website's ... in limbo

#64 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: November 16, 2007, 12:32 AM:

He forgot to renew his domain.

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