Patent 4,199,868

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Amusement Device for Tracing Geometrical figures; R. J. Steward, 1980

An amusing sand pendulum... Since the bowl spins on ball-bearings and is completely independent of the pendulum and difficult to control, it would be nearly impossible to produce harmonic curves. A motorized bowl, with a speed control, maybe; but this overall patent design doesn't seem to be a very practical concept to me. 

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