I am currently working on prototype bits for a new conceptual automata. It will be made of several separate mechanisms integrated together. This first piece is a miniature cob of corn. It is made from a piece of 3/16" dowel, about 130 2mm yellow glass beads, a bunch of CA glue, a few drops of yellow paint to fill any gaps, and a bout 1-1/2 hours of time! Normally I would make this from wood alone but the significance of using the glass beads will be revealed in the future. For now it is my little mystery.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.