A little playing around in the shop to work out a few design concepts for a new piece. I am considering doing a small automata of a bear rubbing his back on a tree in the forest. I wanted to know if a simple up and down sliding motion of his body while his legs stayed stationary versus articulating the knees, hips, and feet so that they could move would look satisfactory. Putting all the joints on his short lower legs can be a little challenging and also unattractive to the eye. I made this little model to help me decide. (Excuse the radio in the background in these clips!)
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Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.