740 Gears and 15 Years Later, the Do Nothing Machine Lives Up to Its Name

By: | April 7th, 2014

The inventor of the Do Nothing Machine was a retired clock maker, named Lawrence Wahlstrom.

Wahlstrom always had an obsession with gears and after stumbling upon a WWII bomb sight harboring a pile of gears, he began assembling a machine over a 15-year period with the sole purpose being to entertain himself and others.

While the machine essentially has no practical use or purpose, it is mesmerizing to watch as the machine accumulated upwards of 740 gears over the years.

After being purchased at auction in 2003, the Do Nothing Machine is now taken around to shows here and there for the public to enjoy.

Now, if we could only think of an application for this incredible contraption.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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