Conquergood Creative will again have a display at the Canadian Nation Wildfowl Carving Championship in RIM park Waterloo on March 17th and 18th. No we will no be displaying bird carving but rather our latest collection of automata pieces. It is alway fun to go and mingle with fellow woodcarvers and mingle with our hosts from the Grand Valley Carving Club. This event tends to be as far west as we usually show so if you are out that way please drop in for a chat. You will also see some incredible wildfowl carvings from international competitors.
Hope to see you there!
Yes another skeleton! My current project will put together two popular components of past automata projects. Everyone seems to enjoy a skeleton even if it is reduced from 207 bones to a mere 20. The lump on the right side is the birth of the next character. Its a chunk of Tupelo that hopefully will take on human form! You'll have to keep watching.
Day 1 at the Tech Art Fair at the Ontario Science Centre, lots of folks and lots of fun! Great venue to interact with the younger crowd and exhibit the magic of mechanisms and automata. Here's two quick photos of some of the action!
You can now build your own Waving Watchamacallit! I have posted a plan for this simple exhibition demonstration mechanism in my in my store for sale for a nominal fee. Its a simple way to get direction on building a simple automata and to begin to learn the automata craft. You'll get inspired and build your own designs in no time.
Come crank this "Whatchamacallit" at the Ontario Science Centre Tech Art Fair, February 17th to 18th.
I took some time this week to design and knock together a demonstration piece for the Tech Art Fair next week. Often when I'm at shows people are interested how the inner works make thing move but they are usually hidden deep in the piece and hard to see. I made a "Watchchamacallit" which really doesn't do much but lets you explore how motion is translated from the handle to move an object through gears, a cam, a follower, a wire link, and a pivot bar. So in this case this demo piece waves a hand when you turn the crank. It is robust enough I can let youngsters operate it. It is a chance to discuss gear ratios, lever arms, and cam shapes with visitors. I will likely post a plan for this on my site for anyone who would just like to try their hand at building an automata mechanism.
Anyway, here it is, front side, rear view and a photo of preassembled parts.
Patty, Maxine and LaVerne got out for a little stroll today, enjoying the cold crisp snow. They will have to endure the summer before their appearance in the holiday parade later this year.
It seems a long time since I started making characters for "Waiting at the Clinic" back in November, but I let a few other projects and some rest and relaxation jump into the middle of things. I have now finally put the finishes touches on the piece and it is ready for viewing. This project is a variant on the original "The Waiting Room" from a few years back. There are a few old favourites and a new character in the lineup. Hope you like this were version as well as many liked the original.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.