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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. Animated Holiday Table Decoration

    This is something I put together for the Holiday 2014 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts. I skipped Thanksgiving and went directly to Christmas. A little early, but why not? A lot of the stores around here are lumping Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas into a single marketing blitz...
  3. "Thunderbolt"

    The legend of "Thunderbolt" All the kids knew the stories about the horse called Thunderbolt. He was big and strong, with a unique style of bucking, and a strong dislike of humans. Thunderbolt was a mechanical horse that sat in front of the dime store, beautiful and shiny, like a magnet for...
  4. "Wobbly Gnome"

    I carved a slightly larger gnome than my usual ones so I could add some extra details, and I decided to make a little toy out of him. I was playing with him trying to figure out what kind of motion would work and I decided on kind of a wobbling from side to side was kind of funny. It doesn't...
  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. Monkey riding a tricycle & eating a banana.

    The idea for this came from a picture of a toy that I saw for sale on eBay that was from the late 1800's. It's made of plywood and dowels. My first attempt, which is hidden in the background, looked more like a cat than a monkey. So I plan to exchange the banana for a fish.
  8. 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 -
  9. 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...
  10. Hand-cranked Woman is Boss wood model

    A couple years ago, I built several whirligigs. One of those is called The Woman is the Boss and is a fun one to watch. I like to design and build hand-cranked toys for kids, but I have built so many that I have sort of run out of ideas on new ones. I got the idea that I could convert some of...
  11. Hand-cranked model of man Crank Starting a Model T

    To make another hand-cranked toy for children, I modified the whirligig design… replacing the propellor with a hand-cranked gear set. I used a 3:1 gear reduction ratio, which seems to work about right. The gears are red oak, along with the vertical gear mounting piece, and base. The...
  12. 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...
  13. British Pub scene Automata

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

    Fine Dining automaton guinea pigs not included
  15. Latch - playing guitar
  16. Anjali playing with the cats

    This was a christmas present for a friend, of her daughter, commission by her mum.
  17. Hand-Cranked Whale Swimming Through the Ocean

    I have built quite a collection of wood hand-cranked toys, close to 50 total. I take them to family and community events several times a year…...........and the kids… well as the adults love them. I have about run out of ideas of new hand-cranked designs to build. One of my...
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