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Take a Detour

Da Vinci Metal Rolling Mahcine small
The last couple of weeks have derailed my momentum in maintaining this blog; however, I’m getting back on track.
I suppose that a little detour is needed every now and then.
One of the things that disrupted my routine was adjusting my schedule so that I could go to a museum that is a 2 ½ hour drive from home. Until September 2, 2013 the Elliott Museum in Stuart FL has an interactive exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines. He was an amazing individual. The machines he created with the resources he had available to him are mind boggling.
The picture is of a replica of a machine he designed to roll and stretch metal. This same system is still used today.
One of the coolest things about this exhibit is that you can actually touch the machines and see how they operate. So many times when one goes to a museum they won’t even allow you to take pictures much less handle items in the exhibit. Being able to operate some of his machines was the icing on the cake for me.
At the Elliott Museum they said when the exhibit leaves them it’s headed back to Italy to be refurbished before being sent to another museum. If you can get to see it before it leaves the Elliott Museum go for it. If you don’t get to see it before it leaves, I highly recommend that you do a Google search and find out where and when it will be close enough for you to get to it. For me it was well worth rearranging my work schedule and the five hour round trip drive.