I've been spending a few days in the shop crunching away on the final prototype of the "Fishing" automata piece. Most of the time has been spent finishing the fisherman including the active components inside the body that make his arms move.
Here's a photo from the shop with the figure mostly completed. Perhaps a little more detail carving to go. He is not placed in hid final position in the photo.
The fishing rod is a product of the last few days. It is made partly from wood and partly from brass rod. The eyes for the line were made from soldering smaller brass wires bent in circles onto the rod pole. It is perhaps a little short for scale but I wanted to keep the weight down and have it not stick out to much.
The fingers of his right hand have a brass tube inserted so that the fishing line that passes through the hand will not cut into the basswood fingers. You can see the insert in the photo below.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.