For the past month or so I've been trying to figure out just how this cradle is supposed to work and, though I've figured out some things, it's just about got the best of me. I'm assuming that it is handmade and thus unique but maybe it isn't. The cradle is supposed to rock automatically (I think) once the spring is wound but I cannot figure out quite how. There is a piece (or two or three...) that appears to be missing. I'm hoping that someone can help me out. The missing piece(s) must have been there to stabilize the swing once the motion has been set into place.
When I got it, the gears were frozen with rust but they operate freely now. The ratcheting mechanism seems to be too stiff for the swinging bed to make it ratchet without causing the bed to swing off center. I believe the handle(?) to the ratcheting gear must have been longer. It appears to have been broken off and I can see no need for the clamp to be there otherwise. I'm attaching a couple of pictures but I've uploaded a lot more pictures to www.cornbreadcreek.com with the hopes that someone can help me determine what I need to do to make it operate as it should. I'd love to give it to my cousin but I would like to have it operational first :-).
Here is a link that might be useful: Cornbreadcreek