Report from the world of backyard technology
Photography by Mike Adair
Mike Adair’s wife reports that he sleepwalks more when he’s in the middle of designing a toy. Adair, a 44-year-old artist from Overland Park, Kan., works at Hallmark. In his spare time, he builds brightly colored wooden crank toys in his basement workshop.
Most of his toys employ a hand crank that powers pulley wheels that create animation. The ...