Well what a difference a day makes! After finishing my compound pulley block highlighted in the previous post. I began finalizing the fit and action prior to the glue up. I wasn't happy with the action of the excavator bucket. Lots of head scratching and trial fitting lead be to a more elegant design which rendered the pulley block obsolete! Oh well, I'll save it in the spare parts drawer. It will get used someday!
So here's a view with some paint on. I am hoping for completion over the next week.
Well here is the morning's effort, a pulley block for "Call Before You Dig". I made each of the pulleys of 3 pieces, likely overkill for the application. The brass axles are held in place with CA glue. For size reference the pulleys are 5/8" in diameter.
I've spent a few days on the CAD system working components for two automata pieces so it's time to get back to the shop. I also had a bout of food poisoning - always fun! - but I seem to be alive now. It seems everyone has the flu around here this winter. Knock on wood, I think my flu shot worked for me.
Anyway I'm setting out to build my first set of pulleys and cables into a piece. I intend to build all the pulleys and mounts from wood so it should be interesting. I'll post a photo when finished of a little component with three pulleys that moves a counter weight out of the way of some moving parts of a piece.
A fellow automata maker has recently published a new piece I love that can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CubZS1duV8Y. Her work is artistic and the video piece is well produced! Great work Karen!
I thought it was time for a website update, so I have spend some time reformatting Conquergood Creative to make navigation a little easier. A new Automata Gallery webpage allows users to view and visit the automata library quickly. The new colour palette is an effort to
I hope you like the changes.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.