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This class was a blast! Last August my 9 yr old nephew and I took an adult & child woodworking class at the Marc Adams School of Woodowrking. This particular class was taught by John Morgan, a graphic arts professor at Auburn and creator of awesome and unigue automata or kinetic sculptures. The whirligig is John's design and is a fish out of water rowing a boat, when the wind (and yes it works) turns the propellor the fish rows the boat. A fishing float is the tail fin for the whirligig. This was the first time Carter used a scroll saw - safety first is what is foremost in the teaching at the school. It was a great introduction to the safe use of wood working tools for my nephew. Hopefully it is a life long lesson he will continue to develop as his wood working skills progress.

The last photo is a shot of the classes kinetic sculpture I made in John Morgan's class 2 years ago - the theme was time flies, a wrist watch that flies. We cut all the gears and came in class using airplane plywood and cut using a scroll saw. A great class - I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning to make mechanical devices with wood.

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Neat!!

Sorry to show my ignorance, but who is John Morgan?
 

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He is a automata or kinetic artist that is a professor in the Art Department at Auburn University. His Kinetic sculptures sell for several thousand dollars a piece and he only makes 18 of each design. He teaches a Kinetic Sculpture and Automata class, basically mechanical gizmos made with wood, at Marc Adams School of Woodworking every year.

Search the term Automata online - you may not run across John Morgans' work but it will amaze you what the kinetic artist are making and the prices they are getting for their creations.
 

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Fun and beautiful. Sounds like a great class. Lucky kid!
 

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great info and inspiration
and what a wonderful beginning for our up and coming LumberJock.

He did a fantastic job!
 

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Very cool! I love whirlygigs. Hope some day to get around to making one or two. Thanks for the reminder! :)
 
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