The Post-Imperial Shaker

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Introduction: The Post-Imperial Shaker

This cocktail shaking machine is based on a turn-of-the-century machine called an "Imperial Shaker," and was built as part of The Touring Pop-up Sideshow Saloon event organized by the Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum. Technically, this machine uses a flywheel driven by a hand-crank, which pushes a 'crank-slider,' or pivoting piston. At the end of the crank-slider is a carriage where two cocktail shakers live. The elliptical motion produced by the crank-slider lends itself to mixing cocktails, as the ingredients are swirled horizontally as well as vertically.

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    where do you get all the components to make this?

    It's a great piece of machinery. However, instructions aren't included in this post. Will you be adding them at some point?

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    Unfortunately, these are all the images I have (aside from the blurry ones). I've been trying to get better at taking process images, but I get into a work-flow and then I forget. If there's a piece of the process you're interested in, let me know and I can explain what I did. Thanks!

    Awesome. Time + your hands = you've got that.