Having recently completed a major project it was time to clean up the shop and do a few odds and ends. I am working one small automata as a gift, and installing the mechanism in one I had left unfinished for some time. I have also completed a couple of nautical themed 3D puzzles along the same style as "Noahs Ark" that have been kicking around as ideas. There are two different watercraft with two puzzle contents which I consider interchangeable. The "Large Fishing Boat" has wildlife commonly found around around the cottage environment; fish, frogs, turtles and birds. The "Cabin Cruiser" has boating safety equipment , lifejackets, a whistle, a bailing bucket, a throw line, flashlight, and fire extinguisher. In the cabin section of the cruiser there is an instrument panel, chart and life raft. I may yet paint some passenger faces on the interior window blocks. For now these pieces have been for fun and serve as toys for the grand kids when they come.
I have started the design of a new automata called "Call before You Dig" which is a reflection of things possible in the pipeline business I worked in for a few years!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.