Here's Ryder the cat. In their haste to leave it seems that someone forgot to latch the cat carrier door, so Ryder is getting a panoramic view of the trip. Fortunately he was never declawed so he can hang on tightly!
So here is the stays of the Snowbirds luggage. Here is a photo of the balloons, the steamer trunk, and a suitcase all in the process of being built. The second photo is a cat carrier in progress along with a cat. I’ll take him to the carving group today. It’s akin to a quilting bee for old guys!
It’s a little out of sequence but here I’m putting a little pyography detail on the steamer trunk the Snowbirds are taking south with them. It’s a quick way to add some “dimension” without actually carving. The balloons that float the trunk are already done. I’ll post them later.
My female snowbird has now got arms, a perm, and a purse. A little rogue and lipstick and she, ready to go!
Here’s are look at Conquergood Creative at Science North in Sudbury on Saturday. That’s Pj my closest automata enthusiast behind the table. We had an enjoyable show.
It’s time to reveal the aviators for the current pair of internal combustion engine driven wings I’ve been working on. They are Margaret and Bert, two of the thousands of Canadians who go south every winter to flock to warmer climates. We call them Snowbirds. There bodies are only getting roughed in at this point. Their arms will be attached separately later. Here is a quick peek.
Here is the infernal combustion engine from the previous post all painted up and mounted on a set of wings.
My current project is another flying thing. The subjects of this piece couldn’t handle the speed of a jet engine that previous projects had so I had to equip them with something slower. So here is a old retro, sort of “Steampunkish” internal combustion engine. While slower, it is considerably heavier and takeoffs and landings are challenging!
During the National Carving Competition in Waterloo this past weekend I met with some of the Ontario Wood Carving Association (OWCA) executive and we had a discussion aimed at stimulating some woodcarvers to try their hand at making automata. As a result they have placed a note on their Facebook page asking if there would be an interest in any of their membership in entering an Automata project in the "Magic in Wood" Carving competition in Pickering this fall. I would be delighted to have more woodworkers get involved creating these fun popular pieces! I have volunteered to establish project guidelines and judge any entries, as well as provide any assistance to clubs needing help along the way.
I encourage anyone interested to drop a note to the OWCA website or their Facebook page expressing your enthusiasm for the idea. You can email them through their contact page by following this link Contact Us, or through their Facebook page.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.