I needed a couple of counterweights to pull the owl's heads back into position after they looked at each other. In trying to keep their design thematic, I was taken back to my Grandfather's cottage where as children, we would gather to watch the cuckoo clock strike the hour. Watching the animated little bird and plummeting pine cone weight disappear into the darkness behind the armchair is still clear in my mind. What better counterweight for some owls in a tree? So pine cones is was to be! I got a quick tutorial from a friend at a carving show and away I went. Here is the pine cone in progress.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.