A blog about Johann Bessler and the Orffyreus Code and my efforts to decipher it. I'll comment on things connected with it and anything I think might be of interest to anyone else.
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Thursday, 14 May 2015
Ok, so I'm not selling up and moving house after all! We both admitted to each other that we didn't really want to leave this house and we have been unable to find one we like as much, so we've cancelled the sale. No villa in Spain either, at least not until the wheel works!
My current build incorporates the principle I discovered two or three years ago, and it's proving difficult to get it to perform correctly. I know it is in the right place and it operates as I think it should but it is not causing the weight to 'shoot up' quickly enough, as Bessler described it. I feel confident that I will get the configuration right in time but now that I am free of the house-moving troubles I can get on with playing with variations on the leverage to generate enough lift to move the weight upwards quickly. The speed of the lift will affect the wheel's speed - too slow and it will have a braking effect.
I have always insisted that there are five mechanisms, but it was interesting to learn that the sound of the Kassel wheel was described in a newspaper report as making seven or eight bumping noises. This fits in with my belief that there have to be an odd number of mechanisms and therefore includes the possibility of seven as described by me on my web site at
Having said that, according to my own work on deciphering Bessler's clues, there are many more potential sources for various mechanical noises, and the seven or eight reported sounds must either be ignoring the lesser ones, or they have all been silenced in some way. I note that the early wheels were remarkable for the amount of noise coming from them when they turned. Bear in mind that Bessler said he had tried to dampen the sounds with felt on some occasions and this seems to lend support to the idea
And another thing, Karl reported that the design of the wheel was very simple, but I am aware of the principle that permits the force of gravity to drive the wheel without conflicting with the laws of physics and I do not think he could possibly have understood all of what he was seeing. It would not have been at all obvious even to someone as intelligent as he was. I suspect that Bessler showed him the internal workings without pointing out the particular features which make the wheel comply with the principle I mentioned earlier. It will easily escape attention unless you know what you are looking for.
My wheel is quite complex, in that it has several components which interact with each other and it is this interaction which is causing me problems in finalising one perfect mechanism whose precise configuration I can transfer to the other four to produce an exact copy of Bessler's wheel. Confidence is high!