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  1. Wedding Automaton

    This is a present for a recently married couple based on some of their wedding photos. They were married in a Scottish Castle with pipers and kilts, daffodils and snow.
  2. Caterpillar Automata

    These are a couple of moving caterpillar automata I recently made as gifts. Pretty easy to build if you have a drill press, a miter saw and some patience. The body segments are mostly 1 1/4" dowels cut on a miter saw to just short of 1/2" thick and then painted with craft store acrylic and...
  3. “Maybe” Puffin Automata

    Fellow Lumberjock, Wanda Sowry, automata maker extraordinaire, is the original designer for this piece. I came across her Puffin automata (pictured below) over a year ago and immediately put it on my "to do" list. Being new to the art of automata, building this was a bit challenging. I ended up...
  4. Hungry Bird VS Angry Dog Automata

    This is my take on Automata Designer Dug North's "Unwelcome Dinner Guest". Plans are in a special edition magazine called Gizmos and Gadgets available at Fox Chapel Publishing. Instructions are detailed with lots of photos and made...
  5. Venus de Mermaid automaton

    Venus de mermaid automaton
  6. Claude the Artist Automaton

    Claude is working on the the sky. Just trying to get it right.
  7. Timberkits Automata

    I have wanted to try automata since I saw Wanda Sowry's projects. To learn about how to translate motion to linkages, I bought a bunch of Timberkits from the Treehouse. There's a US supplier that I'm having trouble getting to today, but I chose the UK company because they have 20% discount if...
  8. Bark and Wag

    I think automata may become my new favorite thing, but I need to start small and simple. So, this is my first, a dog whose tail wags back and forth, while he barks at a cat that jumps and spins on a fence. I used just scrap wood I had laying around, just to see if I could make it work. I dont...
  9. Monkey Eating a Banana - Automata

    This was copied from a kit that is sold in the UK @ . But I think they copied it or got the idea from a 1921 newspaper automaton. Link to short video -
  10. Cookies for Santa - Automatas

    This is the first automata that I have made, I call it "Cookies for Santa: Santa goes up and down the chimney trying to figure out who is stealing his cookies. The snowman is the culprit, we see him drinking the milk and moving the plate to get yet another cookie. Here is a YouTube video of it...
  11. Begging Monkey Automata

    I used an old news paper pattern from 1920's for this. The motion is not as fluid as I would like (the original was designed to be made of paper, where mine is wood). When his tail is pushed down both hands and his head lift up. I also had to enlarge the head as the one in the original pattern...
  12. First attempt at Automata

    I saw a post from someone here not long ago regarding Automata.. Wooden machines… I had never really heard of this, but it is right up my alley! WOW there are some complex machines out there! So this is a first attempt at automata. Fairly simple, and fairly crude, but it works :) No tape...
  13. Another Woozle Bird hatched!

    I showed my version of the Woozlebird (see during a Zoom meeting with a group of friends from the hand-turned organ group - BOGA - and one of them, Terry Pankhurst, decided he would like to get a set of the plans and make one of his own. He...
  14. Yeh, That'll happen when..........

    An administrator, at the school where I taught, is leaving for another position. When I asked- "would you ever consider returning here, if a position opened?" The response was- So, I made this little parting gift. Liberated the idea from an automata site several years ago. It is sort of a...
  15. British Pub scene Automata

    Pub, beer, burger and chips
  16. Fine Dining automaton

    Fine Dining automaton guinea pigs not included
  17. Latch - playing guitar
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