Bought our tickets! Pj and I will be off the AutomataCon 2020 this May in Morristown NJ. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
After a good holiday, on January 2nd, I sprung my back again helping a friend lift a heavy object. Completely my fault, bad position, no bent knees! So I am now on the mend with adjustments and massage. I am just getting back into the shop!
Heres a few things I had been playing with. The first is called the "Musk Oxen Cuddle" and educational piece for children for a client demonstrating musk oxen huddling together in the cold to stay warm. This is only a prototype of course the piece id approved will be the usual wood and metal construction.
A second piece is "Caching Raven" demonstrating that ravens hide food for retrieval later when food is more scarce. Again this is meant to be an educational piece for children. This video is a prototype of the action where the raven will place a berry in a crevice and then retrieve it again. Apparently ravens are clever enough not to cache food when other ravens are watching. I apologize for the shaky video as I am trying to balance the camera and several parts in my hands.
A client of mine and a rather excited enthusiast has taken the plunge into automata! For a person who six months ago had never carved, been a woodworker, and knew very little about automata he has done remarkably well in a very short time. He has completed 2 carvings and his first automata. He stopped by to visit over the holiday and proudly brought “Jennifer the Rescu-Tory Therapist” along to show me. Hear it is. Congratulations Steven and welcome to the craft.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.