I get many requests in person and online to make plans for some of my more complex automata projects available. Documenting the steps involved has always seemed like a daunting task to me.
I have decided to give it a try using video as the primary medium for instruction as an accompaniment to printed plans. So I am in the beginning of building and filming the building the project that has had the most request for plans - "The Waiting Room". To preserve the uniqueness of the original piece I will reconfigure it as "The Doctors Office" with a few modifications the in characters.
The impatient skelton will be part of the new project. I've been busy building and filming the building of a new version. Right know I am editing the video which will likely end up in excess of one hour, and that is just for him!
I'll push through to the finish and assess the complete project and how ultimately I might make it available.
For now here is the new "Bones".
A big thanks for dropping by at the Kawartha Carving Competition this past weekend. It was nice to see some regular visitors and some new folks as well. A special thanks to my brother for helping out, providing a local dimension to the booth since he lives in Bobcaygeon.
The glasses in the diagnosis performed admirably in its first public showing and the Trojan Cat was a big hit. Here's the dynamic booth duo. I'm the more handsome one!
I've been busy packing up the latest projects to take them over to the Kawartha Carving Competition in Bobcaygeon this Saturday. If you can make it, stop by to say hello. The show is on Saturday the 9th from 9:00 am until late afternoon. The show is in the curling club on the fairgrounds. Come and see lots of incredible carvings from across southern Ontario.
Yes it has been a while since I have posted on the blog. I will try to do a better job of keeping up with this side of things. I am posting to say that I just added a video of my latest automata project on Youtube. It is called, "The Diagnosis". It is a skeleton who receives her diagnosis from her doctor. I not have added website pages on the site yet, but if you would like to view it now,you can flow this Youtube link.
Here's a teaser photo.
I haven't been too busy in the shop lately. Between vacationing grandkids and another sciatica episode I haven't accomplished a whole lot lately.
I have though, booked space at two wood carving shows this fall, one in Bobcaygeon on September 9th, and one in Pickering in October.
I have been working on Doctor Noneck who is treating the skeleton from a previous blog. There is a photo below. When done he is supposed to take his glasses on and off. I don't know why I make these bold statements until I actually have things working! We'll see how it turns out!
This couple is the subject of my current automata project.
I have throwing around names for them as I work but I really haven't come up with anything I'm really happy with with. The seated skeleton is female, the standing one is male. It isn't obvious. If you have a pair of good names drop me a line.
The little stand in front of the female is where the edge of a desk will be that she has her hands on. I made this little jig to make sure her arms folded properly. She bends form her waist and puts her head down on the desk between her hands. His only movement is to nod his head.
Here's another photo that shows the chair better.
Finally a few good warm summer days here. The grandkids are visiting so there's boating, swimming fishing, tubing and lots of running around. Since we did finally get a couple of dry days in a row I was able to get the wing repair on the totem done.
I also managed to sneak a little time to work on my next automata project. This is the beginning of Fibula, a little lady seeking medical help. She still needs arms, some rungs for her chair, and a paint job. More to come of course!
After spending so much time reworking the train garden last week I decided to post another video of the round trip ride of the layout. It's not the best way to see the new planting but kids always like the riding view. I've posted "Garden Railroad - South Bay 2017" on my Youtube channel and also posted it on the South Bay Railway page of my website for those you are interested.
With a few extra hands the scaffold has been erected to repair the loon's wing mentioned a few posts ago.
It hasn't been done yet since it seems to rain every other day, and I'd like things to dry out a little before applying epoxy. So here is sits waiting to go!
It seems while I wasn't watching an invader had moved into my garden space. Hidden among the ferns was a 42" Scotch thistle. A little unusual since it is the first thistle I have ever found in the garden. It has found its final resting place, cremated actually, in the fire barrel. Anyway I've been telling folks it was my special project to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary this year, and to honour my scottish heritage! It makes for a better story than being a crappy, neglectful, gardener. A selfie of me and my project!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.