Well it's time to drag out the old sketch book and look at some of the automata projects that have crossed my mind and pick one to develop. Always fun!
A new automata "The March of the Penguins" has been added to the website. Look for it in the Automata Gallery!
So... that piece of brass rod sticking out of the slot in the photo above is supposed to have a penguin on it. When I set out to make my flock of penguins I made eight first. They ere in a previous blog entry. Then I made the rest, setting them on the position template as I painted them. When Assembly time came I picked them up of the dining room table where I had been painting them, put them in a box, and carried them to the shop. As the photo shows i was one short. I turned the place up side down - several times, and still no penguin. I think I'm getting senile. I had to give up and make another.
If you see a little penguin wandering around about 3" tall drop me a line!
Anyway the piece is now done. Is called the March of the Penguins. However this is a protest march, not the annual march to the Antarctic breeding grounds.
Here's a quick iPhone Photo of the March of the Penguins sitting on my sofa. (Not the greatest picture) I will take some better photos and video tomorrow and post something better.
Here's a peek at a prototype waddling penguin I built for my next project. The lead counterweight helps the penguin lean back into the cam as the cam diameter reduces. I'm busy making penguins now that I have a satisfactory mechanism in mind.
Out of the shop this week although I did manage to drag some paint along with me to colour two raving fans for my current project. They are coming along and I expect to assemble things this weekend.
I had a request to make a Raving Fan sized version of the Leafs Score, one of my smaller, early pieces of work. So here is a double wide Raving Fan mechanism getting near to completion as a late Christmas gift for a sports fanatic. Being bigger than original the allowed me to include carved faces for the characters.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.