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Old May 4, 2015, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Era XXII: The First Half
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When Miyako first entered the workshop, apart from Dishmop the dog who'd come in trailing upon her heels, she might've been tempted to think the place was abandoned. That was, was she only relying on what she saw. There were windows pushed open all along one wall in order to let in a fresh breeze that drifted inland off the waves. And it was only if she looked closer, much closer, that she might spot some movement up in the rafters, or down near the bottom of a pile of what looked like junk; was there any such thing at all in a gadgeteer's shop.

But nevertheless she could hear the signs of activity all over the place. Up in those rafters again, near the bottom of that pile of junk where something faintly clicked, whirred, rattled and buzzed before stopping and starting all over again. And then a voice trailed in from the outdoors, just behind her as a tall human of clearly Arakmatian origins stepped in. "If you're looking for Master Malinconico," he said, "last I saw him he was in the back there," the man added with a gesture towards the rear of the shop. "I'm Gregor," he said, "Welcome to Dragonworks. If you'll follow me?"

So that was where she'd find him, a young human with blue eyes on a hat pushed down on his forehead, seated on a stool at a large workbench next to a chubby cether with rosy cheeks, round spectacles and curly brown hair. Neither of them looked up as Miyako approached, both were too focused on a strange apparatus that the cether seemed to be proudly showing off to his human companion....who was wearing a puzzled, but deliberately patient expression as he studied the thing. It was a clear glass fishbowl, mounted onto a rounded wooden block that sported a wind up key and who knew what else, inside that block base. Whatever it was though, the fishbowl itself was turning steadily on its pedestal, while the lone goldfish inside the thing stayed perfectly still while its world turned around it.

Klue pressed two fingers against his temple and whatever he'd been tempted to say, he didn't. "It's not exactly what I meant, Blinky," he muttered carefully. "But it's...imaginative, I'll give you that." And then Gregor cleared his throat, and Klue looked up curiously. "Chief? This is...I'm sorry miss," the larger of all of them said, "I neglected to get your name."
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There was someone in the rafters. Or something, judging by the noises it made. And then a tall Arakmatan man stepped in and she nodded her head "I am" she said, of looking for the man called Malinconico, although she would be calling no one master anything, but that was her own internal thought process and was nothing to do with this man who was, after all, just trying to help her. She bowed slightly and then moved behind him as he asked her to follow him.

And then there were two more. A human and a cether and they were looking at a ... glass fishbowl which rotated. She wondered briefly if the man had asked the cether to construct a goldfish torture device. It seemed to be and if he had then she could only congratulate the cether on a job well done. But then, could one torture a goldfish, she wondered and would a rotating bowl do it? It was, without a doubt, the strangest thing that she had ever seen and she had her head tilted curiously as she listened to the human speak. She thought he was probably the man she was looking for, since he seemed to be in charge. And a little peturbed by the very strange rotating device.

Gregor cleared his throat and introduced her, or rather he did not. But that was fine, she had not given her name either, any more than he had asked for it and presumably they both knew the usual social customs around such. "It is no bother, Gregor. Thank you" she said, before turning her gaze back to the human and cether. "Serale. I am Miyako" she said, quietly and she offered a hand to them both, first human then cether. Her handshake was firm but relatively gentle and definitely brief, but there was no doubting from her hand that she was no stranger to hard physical work, judging by the callouses.

"I am here to speak to Klue Malinconico" she continued, speaking more to Klue than Blinky, because the fact that Gregor had called him 'chief' led her to believe that he might well be him. Her expression was serious as she spoke "In the hope that I might learn gadgeteering here, from him." she explained and then lapsed into silence and waited to see what any one of them might say, her hands held together in front of her.
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Old May 5, 2015, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Clearly, the gadgeteer concluded, the young woman wasn't a native of Demios. He'd probably have seen her before, had she been. But even at that, her dark clothing and serious demeanor, noticeable at a glance, seemed to put her at odds with his more colorful fellow islanders. But the Fire Isles, all of them, were a favored destination of any number of islanders. And the dragon isle, even more so. Still, he extended his hand, but it was Blinky who piped up before Klue could get a word in edgewise. "Serale miss. My name is Percival Platt. But you can call me Blinky, everyone does."

Klue smiled, indulging the cether's enthusiam before adding, "That's me, Klue Malinconico." For his part, Blinky had turned his attention back to the rotating fishbowl, and a distinct frown had settled back in on his childlike face. "I still don't get it, Chief. Why isn't the water turning with the bowl? It isn't, is it?" With an apologetic smile towards Miyako, Klue turned his attention only briefly back to the apparatus on the workbench. "No, it isn't Blinky. You see how the fish is hovering there in place? He's not making any effort to hold, he's just wobbling a little. The rotation of the bowl is only agitating the water a little, not turning moving it in circles. It's your job to figure out why," The human knew of course, but it was rather the point. He meant for Blinky to realize why that was.

So he left his small apprentice there and gestured for Miyako to join him closer to the front of the shop. "You're new to the island? Visiting?" he wondered. And after she answered, he added, "I take on students, now and again." It was part of his contract with the Paedia after all, that he should pass along his knowledge whenever a good prospect came along. "You happen upon the shop by chance?" Unlikely, he thought, considering the shop was somewhat remote on the island unless she'd stumbled across one of his signs on the beach road. "What is it about gadgeteering that interests you?" he asked lastly.
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She shook Klue's hand and Blinky's. The gesture was combined with a seriously spoken "It is a pleasure to meet you Mr Platt" but then she frowned as he explained his nickname and at first she seemed unsure, but then she added, thoughtfully "Blinky". It didn't seem to trip off her tongue, in fairness. Mr Platt was much more along her lines. Then Klue gave his name and she nodded "A pleasure Mr Malinconico". She watched the two of them discussing the bowl and she listened to the conversation amongst them and she considered why it was that she thought the water was not moving. But she did not put forward her idea, for that would be impolite. But then, when Mr Malinconico gestured to the front of the shop she followed, looking around with fascination barely hidden under her polite and unsmiling expression "I am visiting" she answered and then shook her head "No. I came to the island to find you. I was directed here when I arrived on the ferry" she explained.

Then, what was it that interested her about gadgeteering? She considered his question and then answered, somewhat like she was at a job interview "I believe that it will compliment my existing and planned skill set" she said, stopping looking around and looking at him seriously "I am a spellbreaker and an alchemist, although I have limited learning in both. Also, I plan on learning an art known to the kemites as echizen urushi. It is utilising tree sap to make decorative lacquer on objects. I have already experienced a number of situations where gadgeteering would help me achieve my goals and so I decided to learn it. I was told that you are the best" That seemed to be the extent of her explanation. "I did not know if you would accept students, I have some money to pay if such is required" she added. Then she fell silent and watched him and waited to see if her journey had been in vain.
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The best? Klue couldn't resist a quick grin in response. His wife had apparently been spreading rumors about him again. "I s'pose that depends on who you ask," he said with a good natured smile. Still, he'd developed something of a reputation on the island. Enough apparently, that it had brought the woman all the way to the island from, wherever it was she'd come from. "A spellbreaker and an alchemist?" he asked curiously then. "It's an interesting combination. I've met a handful of spellbreakers, even taught gadgeteering to one of them. And I dabble some in alchemy myself. Just a little," Klue amended before considering her request.

"Gadgeteering is my specialty," he said then. "But I've agreed on occasion to teach those who didn't intend to make it theirs. I do, occasionally," Klue added. Took students, he meant. "But no payment is necessary. The Knowledge Seekers' Guild compensates me for time spent teaching."

"If I teach you, you'll need to commit to three, maybe four brightenings," Klue said. "Show up a candlemark after suns'rise, three candlemarks per brightening." Gone were the times when he was able to commit a full brightening to teaching. Too many projects, too many other commitments these brightenings. "We can start on the morrow, but first I should ask. Do you have any experience with wood working or carpentry already?" Often students came already armed with things that otherwise would be part of the course. Therefore to avoid the repetition or the prospect of boring them to tears with instruction they didn't require, he'd learned to ask first.
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"Yes" she said, she was indeed a spellbreaker and an alchemist. She looked at him and nodded as he explained that he had met some spellbreakers and dabbled in alchemy himself. "I believe that the gadgeteering will help me with making traps. I have made one already which I believe explains why I think they might be useful together. I brought it to the island if you need to see it" she explained and then added "Or if you want to. It is my belief that the three skills of spellbreaking, alchemy and gadgeteering will work together very well and will compliment each other" Had to be said, she was very serious about it, that much was certain.

He explained that there was no cost and she considered carefully. It did not seem fair to her, but he was paid for his time and he seemed happy enough with it. Fair, she supposed, was relative. "I can certainly commit to that" she agreed and nodded. "No, no experience with wood working or carpentry. I plan to learn it so that I can make the boxes on which I put the decorative lacquer." She considered that it was something else that she wished to get on with and do, and she wondered if perhaps she could learn it whilst she was here. That would make sense. "Is there anything I should bring with me, Mr Malinconico?" she asked, before checking if there was any more information he wanted and then, most politely bidding him farewell with the assurance that she would return the next brightening, one candlemark past sunsrise.

And she would indeed show up the next morning punctually, with anything he wanted her to bring. She did not enter the workshop, for that would be rude and instead she stood outside and tapped on the door. She was ready to learn and, if he had shown an interest she would have with her the small wooden box that was her very first spellbreaking trap.
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Traps. Told the reason that the young woman wanted to learn gadeteering in particular, Klue nodded thoughtfully in response. Given the use and function of traps in the practice of spellbreaking, as he understood it, he wasn't necessarily surprised to hear it. It wasn't the first time after all, and presumably, wouldn't be the last. More and more, the two skills seemed to be not just a logical combination, but a valuable one for a spellbreaker to have. Or at least, with a knack for gadgeteering, they wouldn't need to hire out to acquire the traps they'd need. As for alchemy, well, still he didn't know quite enough about it.

"Bring it with you next brightening," he said of the trap she'd already made, "and I'll have a look. Bring some sort of book with you as well, to take notes in," he suggested. "The rest will be provided for you." And no woodcrafting experience? "Ordinarily it's part of the course. Or at least," he amended, "it is here. Just the basics, but they're used more frequently than most newly aspiring gadgeteers realize. We'll include it for you then," he said with a smile as he escorted her to the door.

"Next brightening then," he'd said, and it was Dishmop that saw the young woman along the path and out through the gate that spilled onto the beach road. And when she arrived next brightening, she'd find the workshop was relatively quiet. Clearly it was occupied, if the opened windows were any indication. Still, it took a long moment for anyone to show after she knocked. But finally it was Klue alone who eventually opened it. He smiled when he recognized her there and opened the door wider.

"Good morning. Please, no need to stand on ceremony around here. If the door's unlocked, we're open, just come on in." Then spying the box that she held in her hand, he gestured towards it and asked, "May I?" He was curious after all. Was it an ordinary wooden box? Or was it more complex than that? He assumed of course that she'd explain, whichever it was.
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"I will bring both of those things, yes" she assured him and then Miyako would bid Klue, Blinky and Gregor a most serious good brightening and leave. Walking with Dishmop out of the grounds, she would bid the dog farewell and then go to where she was staying.

The next morning she nodded her head at his request "I will do so, yes. Good morning, Mr Malinconico" and as he asked, she handed him the trap "Of course" she replied. It was a wooden box with a hinged lid, but assuming that he opened it, the inside of the lid had a curved mirror and there was a magnifying glass attached to the side of the box which was moveable as it was on an articulated brass arm. Inside the box was padded, full of soft padding with room for one thing in the very center which would, by it's very definition, be held in place by the padding. The magnifying glass could move freely around the box, and the lense itself was on a hinge so that it could be tilted.

She said nothing for a moment and simply let him explore it. When he seemed to have done so, or when he looked curious, she would explain. "I was tasked with collecting contamination from a thaumaturge. A healing mage" she said "The after-effects of their casting is order and light. So the mirror directs the light through the magnifier, focusing it into an intense beam. I could then aim it at the seed inside." That had then allowed her to collect the after effects of thaumaturge and create something from that. She spoke quietly, apparently without emotion and very factually, as she almost always did. "I do not know why that works, but I have seen it put to use before, the mirror and magnifier and it was very effective in it's task. When I was tasked with making a trap it occured to me that if I knew why and how such things worked, I might be able to do it better". She looked at him and waited to see what he thought. If there were any aspects that he would improve, she would take heed most carefully. Also, there was the whole extraction process and she looked at him seriously "Also, I think that I will need to create some kind of mechanised device to allow me to move an hourglass in order to make my spellbreaking more effective. But I do not see one skill as more important than another, rather as complimentary one of the other. I hope that spellbreaking will augment gadgeteering in the same way that gadgeteering augments spellbreaking" she explained.
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Mister Malinconico. Not many people referred to him that way. Family and friends used his given name, as often as not his crew called him Chief. But Klue somehow suspected that his new student preferred distance and polite formalities, and would decline to call him either of those. It would do for now then. With the box in hand, he led the way to a large workbench close to a pair of high arching windows. On its surface were a couple of books, each of them looked like they hadn't been handled much, and a tin can full of pencils. There were several high stools there and he gestured for her to take a seat, as he sat down himself and opened the box to have a look.

He studied the interior of the box, and all of its working parts for a long moment before nodding thoughtfully, and then smiling as he handed the thing back. "You made it yourself?" he asked. "If you did, or even if you didn't but you understand the mechanics of it, then you've got more of a head start on learning gadgeteering than many of the new students I take on." He was quiet for a few seconds, frowning, considering how he might approach her lessons. But then seeming to come to a conclusion, he said, "There was a time I'd have tailored your lessons to your particular interest. In this case, the making of traps," he explained. "I've done similar, with a previous spellbreaker, and I've tailored a course to a young priest who was interested in watchmaking in particular. But since then, I've come to think that tailoring an apprentice level course in that way ultimately places limitations on a student, rather than allowing them to peruse all the possibilities instead. So, a little of everything, I think," he said with a smile.

"We'll be exploring a little bit of clockwork, and collapsible devices too," he assured her. "By the time we're done, you ought to be able to manage that hourglass." Picking up one of the books on the table, he pushed it closer to her. "Each student gets one of these, it's yours to keep and take with you when we're done," Klue explained. "The pages are filled with labeled diagrams and images of tools, components, elements and so on, to use for your reference. There, at the beginning," he said, encouraging her to look at the first few pages, "are some references to simple machines."

"So a simple machine," he explained, "is any tool, apparatus or device that can make your work easier by countering applied force, with the distance over which that force is applied. For instance," Klue suggested and pointed at an image near the middle of the first page, "the wheel and axle. A wheel is locked to a central axle, so that when one turns, the other must turn with it. A longer rotation at the outer edge of a wheel is then converted to a shorter and more powerful rotation at the axle. Conversely, a shorter rotation at the axle will move the wheelís edge a greater distance as a result."

Klue paused there, briefly, not only to allow Miyako to take notes if she wanted. But also to provide time should she have any questions or would like him to clarify something. But if she was content for him to move on, so he would.

"Pulleys," Klue continued and pointed to a drawing on the bottom corner of the first page, "A single pulley will reverse the direction of any given application of force. But when two or more pulleys are connected, they are able to lift a heavier load with much less force. Proper distribution of force reduces the energy required for any given job. The tradeoff is that the end of the rope must move a greater distance than the load itself.Ē She'd often see pulleys in use, in any number of ways he told her, was she to take a stroll along the docks. Heavy chains and pulleys used to haul boats up and out of the water. Others on the boats they'd use to haul in their catch at the end of the brightening.

"Now a lever is a stiff rod that rotates around a pivot point. Downward motion at one end results in upward motion at the other. Depending on where the pivot point is located, a lever can multiply either the force applied, or the distance over which its applied. Wedges on the other hand covert single direction motion, into a split motion that acts at a right angle to the blade of a wedge. A lifting machine might use a wedge to get under a load for instance," he explained. "I'm sure you could think of any number of examples out in the world...Levers?" Klue clarified, inviting her to list off at least one example if not more. They needn't just be tools or things that everyday folk would refer to as machines, after all, even though technically, they were.

"Now lastly, a screw consists of a central core with a thread or groove wrapped round it to form a central helix. When itís turned, the screw converts rotary motion into a forward or backward motion. So..." he said then with a smile as he stood up from his stool and opened the twin doors of a tall cabinet along the wall behind her. And there, mounted on any number of hooks or arranged on open trays on shelf surfaces, were a handful of woodworking tools. "Wood crafting tools," Klue said and smiled as he left her plenty of time to look over them. "But not just tools, they are also machines, of a sort, and a few of them represent one, or even a combination of some of the machines that we've just gone over. You see any?" he asked.
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She walked with him to the workbench and sat where he gestured that she did. Taking the box back when he asked if she had made it she nodded her head "Yes", then frowned and reconsidered "No". She looked at him and obviously, that needed more explanation so she continued "I bought the pieces and put them together. I did not craft the box or make the mirror." She did not wish to mislead him in terms of how much she knew and there was more than one definition of having 'made' something. "And more importantly, I believe, I did it because I have seen this technique used in a different context. If this had not worked for some reason, I would not have known why and that is what I wish to rectify." But in terms of the curriculum she would follow, she listened to him and she nodded. She would rather a broad curriculum, it might be that she would, in the future, use this skill for a reason not yet foreseen or considered by herself. A good grounding, then.

Taking the book she first thanked him and then leafed through it, carefully, specifically focusing on the early pages that he directed her to. She put that in front of her, open, as he started to speak and she made swift notes. The notes were somewhere between words and diagrams, mixing the two together and seemed a little chaotic. She, however, seemed to understand what she was doing and writing. When he spoke of the wheel and axle she considered and looked thoughtfully at him for a moment "Like a doorknob or a windmill?" If that was correct, she would go back and make a mark next to where she had written that.

Pulleys, she nodded and seemed to understand, or at least had no questions. But he then spoke of levers and wedges and he asked her for examples. She thought about it, briefly and she seemed rather unsure when she spoke "Is a wheelbarrow one? The pivot point at the front allows for lifting.. by distributing the distance over which I applied the force of lifting it? But I suppose otherwise things like scissors, shovels, oars on boats and pliers are?" Again, if he confirmed or not what she had said then she would make a mark next to what appeared to be that section. And then, screws and their function and he turned and showed her a range of woodworking tools. When given the time to look over them she did and she looked at each one individually. She looked back at him and touched the miter box "I do not know what that is, or how it works" she explained but then she went to the others, each one. "These would be wheel and axle?" she touched the brace and bits and the tape measure, with a raised eyebrow. "Or the tape measure could be a pulley, also. I am unsure of the screwdriver. It does not seem to be a wheel and axle to me, because there is no difference in the turning of the screwdriver and the turning of the screw. It simply allows you or I to hold the screw securely and apply force to it despite it being flat to the wood?"

Then, the claw of the claw hammer was, she considered, a lever. But her face showed her uncertainty when she looked at the saws. "My arm using these is a lever, but I do not know what kind of machine they are. Are they wedges because of the shape of the serrated edge?" she asked, looking at Klue and raising an eyebrow in apparent amusement, although she did not smile "This is more confusing than it looks. I had previously believed that hammers simply hit things" she explained.
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"Ah, but you did," Klue said when Miyako amended, and said she hadn't made the box after all. "You might not have understood all the mechanics behind it, or crafted the individual components," he'd added, "but you did put them together so they could address a new problem, perform a new function. If you were able to do that, then you've a good understanding of gadgeteering already, even if you don't fully recognize it."

Nonetheless, they'd moved on. And when she mentioned doorknobs and windmills, the gadgeeteer nodded. "Exactly. In the case of each, you have a complete wheel and axle assembly." As for the others, he explained that in the case of the wheelbarrow, it would be considered a complex machine, meaning two or more simple machines combined to create one working apparatus. Reason being, a wheelbarrow combined a lever, and a wheel and axle to do its job. A shovel on the other hand could be considered three simple machines in one. The business end or the blade was a wedge and a lever wedge, and the handle was also a lever. Scissors? A pair of scissors were a combination of two wedges that acted in in opposite directions, and were connected to a lever. Therefore making them a complex, or compound machine.

Of course he hadn't expected that she would recognize all of the woodcrafting tools. So when Miyako mentioned the miter box, Klue smiled. "It's a miter box," he said. "It's used to to guide a hand saw, to make more precise cuts in a board. You can do without one. Better with one," he added. "Not all of these are machines. However, while there are many different types of screws, both metal and wood ones, a screw driver is a very good example of a wheel and axle. The bulb handle is connect to the long axle, which turns the screw. The longer the axle, the greater the mechanical advantage of the machine." She was mostly right about the hand saws, he'd added. Though they were not simple machines. They were complex or compound ones, made of a rapid series of wedges rather than just one. And the hammer? Since all levers featured a fulcrum, applied force and load, a lever was indeed what it was.

"So before we move on to gear works, I'm going to set you loose with some of these tools," he said with a gesture towards the same cabinet she'd been looking into. There were shelves and drawers full of woodcrafting tools, all of them, and she was free to use any and all of them she liked. "What I want you to do, is design something on paper that you might like to craft out of wood. Something of your own design. It ought to have one or more moving parts, and it must combine two or more of the simple machines we've talked about. So in effect," he explained. "whether it's something useful for a chef's kitchen, or a curious tchotchke to sit on a shelf somewhere, it must also represent a complex, or compound machine. Let your imagination run wild, just on paper for now, and show me what you can do. And keep in mind, that I might ask you to build it afterwards," he suggested.
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She listened, made notes and nodded her head as he spoke. When he explained about complex or compound machines she made more marks in the notebook and looked at what he was explaining where she could. When he finished discussing the complex, or compound, machines she looked over her notes and nodded. The tools were interesting and she made marks in her notebook, scrawling a quick sketch of the miter box and his explanation of a screwdriver made sense. "I think I understand, thank you" she said, looking down at her notes "That is a very comprehensive explanation"

But set loose with the tools? That sounded worrisome and her face showed it. Design something on paper? She had never done that and she looked at her notebook somewhat suspiciously. A complex machine made from wood? She considered it and considered it some more. She was just about to tell him that she simply could not do this, when she had a memory which caused her to nod her head. Then, she turned her attention to the parchment and she drew.

Her drawing was somewhat basic, it had to be said, but she created a drawing which was, at least, functional and mostly recogniseable. "It is a scroll case which allows you to display a longer scroll on the wall, or to pull your scroll out to the length you desire and keep it there without it moving" she said, and she showed him. "You wrap the scroll around this pole here. That fits into the case, here and the top of the pole sticks out here, top and bottom. Those bits must had straight sides, so that they can be secured later. That will be the wheel and axle, when it is closed, you pull the scroll out. It can be pulled out to the desired length and then this lever is flicked over, it fits flush against the sticking out bits of the pole, thus blocking the wheel and axle from turning and so securing it in place." she said and she looked at it, then at Klue.
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He'd handed her a task to do, and while it might've seemed overwhelming, Klue had ever confidence that his new student was up to the test. She only had to realize it as well. So in spite of her misgivings, once he was sure that she had all the supplies she needed or could ask for, he excused himself and put some distance between them. He had a small project scattered in pieces on a workbench in the back, and could easily sit there and work, while remaining available to Miyako should she require his help or input.

And so he worked, and occasionally glanced up to see how she was progressing. It took her some time, he realized, to convince herself that she could do it. But he smiled, and said not a word as he turned his attention back to the device in front of him. And when she was done with her drawing? He'd come over to have a look.

Klue looked at her drawing, listened to her explanation and smiled, nodding an approval...if a slightly conditional one when she was done. "Overall, very nicely done," he said. "Your design is clever, straightforward, and offers a solution to a specific problem. What you've got here would work, certainly, but there are a couple things you might consider, to improve its function." First, he told her, she might consider looping the loose end of the scroll around a wooden dowel, that could perform several functions at once. First, once the scroll was unfurled, the weight of the dowel would help the scroll better lay flat on any given surface. Second, when the scroll was wrapped back around the primary pole or dowel inside the case, it should make that loose end easier to locate and take hold of.

Another feature she might consider adding, later, once they'd gone over springs, gears and whatnot, was a spring fitting at each end of the primary pole, which would allow the scroll to be rolled up automatically, rather than needing to turn the dowel by hand to get it done. "So, with or without a spring function...everything you need to build that is right here in this shop. Most of it is woodcrafting after all, and we've even a number of wooden dowels you can cut down to size. Are you ready to build it?" he asked with a smile.
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She listened to what he said about the wooden dowel, which certainly made sense and would increase the functionality of what she had designed. She amended her design and then looked at it. "I'm not sure" she answered his question with a thoughtful chew on the end of her pencil. "I suppose the only way I will know for sure is to try" she nodded and looked at him "I will try" she said and first she looked at the design and determined all the pieces of wood that she would need. Then she spent some time laying the pieces out. Looking at them, she considered something and spoke again.

"In the situation which made me think of using this" tapping her finger against the diagram she looked thoughtful "It would have been very useful to have one case which could hold scrolls of differing widths. I can see that it would be possible to have the central dowel in a sort of sleeve which I could pull out and maybe turn to lock in place with a fairly simple amendment. But that is because the dowel is solid." But that wasn't the problem with it, as she saw it "The outer case would be two sleeves fitted one into another, by necessity. How could you lock that in place?" she asked.

It was a matter of interest for her, but it did not stop her from working and she would attempt to identify the pieces of wood and then she started the job in hand. It was not something which she found easy or came naturally to her and she took her time. But mostly, she seemed able to produce something mostly functional, and she worked hard at doing it. However, it was with the curved scroll case outer part that she struggled. After a while, she looked up at Klue and asked quite calmly "Is there a way of creating half a cylinder which is less... frustrating?" she wondered. Cutting the wood had not worked accurately enough, and sanding it was taking a very long time. She wondered if there was something in between which might aid the process.
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Trying, was all he'd ask of her. Klue never expected perfection of any new student. There were too many of them that expected it of themselves without him adding to it. She'd find her way through it, or she'd ask him for help. But the gadgeteer had taken any number of students in by now, and he recognized those who'd keep trying till they got it right, and those who'd give up at the very first obstacle that came along.

Still, he moved his own work a little closer this time, rather than leaving her completely on her own. He'd plenty to keep himself occupied but wanted to remain available should Miyako need help or input. And it didn't surprise him when the questions came. Her design in some ways was a simple one, but he knew it would be deceptively challenging to put together. "You could always place two dowels inside the same case," he suggested, with an additional split, as opposed to just one in the outer case that would allow you to access one map or the other, were you to attach pull rings to the dowels on the bottom of them. The bottom dowels and pull rings would also prevent the rolled up scrolls from slipping completely back inside the outer case. There'd be enough to grab hold of,"[/i][/b] he explained.

"As for locking either scroll in place once it's unfurled, you wouldn't necessarily need to. Not in the way I think you mean anyway," he figured. 'In fact you could eliminate the need for manual turn knobs on the outside ends of the case, by fitting the interior dowels on each end with a simple spring and ratchet mechanism." Such a component of course wasn't part of woodcrafting, but gearworks instead, which they'd be learning on the morrow, he explained. But if the suggestion interested Miyako, then that was a component she could add to her project in the coming brightenings.

What it would do, he told her, was enable her to tug out as much of one or both rolled maps as she wanted, give a little tug and the thing would be locked in place. But give it another short tug, and the spring mechanism inside the case would automatically roll the map back up. As for an easier way to create a half cylinder? Klue grinned a little. "If you're committed to crafting it entirely from wood?" he said. "Then no, not really. Only with more specialized tools or equipment such as a lathe, which would require a bit more skill as well." A level of skill in woodcrafting in fact that she might want to pursue later, as part of gadgeteering or even apart from it. But not exactly covered in these fledgling lessons.

"I would suggest considering another material. Make the ends of your case and many of its more rigid components from wood. But for the outside of the cylinder, I would consider treated canvas or leather. I've both on hand here in the shop if you want to try it. Bolts of it off in the back of the shop along with heavy duty needs and stitching twine. Treated canvas and sealskin...both would be very lightweight, easy to work with, extremely durable and waterproof as well," he suggested.
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