Here is the infernal combustion engine from the previous post all painted up and mounted on a set of wings.
My current project is another flying thing. The subjects of this piece couldn’t handle the speed of a jet engine that previous projects had so I had to equip them with something slower. So here is a old retro, sort of “Steampunkish” internal combustion engine. While slower, it is considerably heavier and takeoffs and landings are challenging!
During the National Carving Competition in Waterloo this past weekend I met with some of the Ontario Wood Carving Association (OWCA) executive and we had a discussion aimed at stimulating some woodcarvers to try their hand at making automata. As a result they have placed a note on their Facebook page asking if there would be an interest in any of their membership in entering an Automata project in the "Magic in Wood" Carving competition in Pickering this fall. I would be delighted to have more woodworkers get involved creating these fun popular pieces! I have volunteered to establish project guidelines and judge any entries, as well as provide any assistance to clubs needing help along the way.
I encourage anyone interested to drop a note to the OWCA website or their Facebook page expressing your enthusiasm for the idea. You can email them through their contact page by following this link Contact Us, or through their Facebook page.
I've posted a new page on my website featuring a new automata " The Bus Stop". I was previously refering to it as the carnivorous pigeons. Heres a photo of the finished project. Check out the video on the webpage or my youtube channel for the background story..
Here’s a quick video teaser of “The Cowboy”. It’s a little shaky as I took it with my cell phone while turning the crank myself. I still haven’t made the final decision on the story - still evaluating several ideas.
Here's our display at the recent Brooklyn Carving Show. Thanks to our hosts for another great showing in the carving community. Next stop Waterloo!
The bad guy always wears black in Westerns right? A client was looking for a cowboy who lifted off his hat on a quick turnaround. I began working on it to be able to make the deadline when the client changed their mind. I adopted him for my own purposes, turning him into an evil bad guy, despite the smile and friendly gesture. His personal story is developing!
I had to set aside my carnivorous pidgeons for a bit, but I did manage to get all the top works mounted. I intend to take it to a show this weekend as a “work In progress”. I just have to put the mechanism together now. Here’s the gang!
It has shaped up to be a very busy exhibition season this spring for Conquergood Creative. We are are out exhibiting automata and encouraging others to get started in the ways of automata.
Things kicked off with a very busy exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre as part of their Tech Art Fair, February 18th, 19th, and 20th. With the extra help of a few family members we were able to entertain some of the estimated 1500 visitors that weekend. Next we will be at a couple of carving competition shows and ultimately end up at the automation convention in New Jersey.
Here's our itinerary. We would love to have you drop in!
Brooklyn Carving Show - Saturday March 10th, Whitby
The Brooklyn Carving Club has their annual competition and show at he Heydenshore Pavilion, 589 Water St., Whitby, Ontario. The show will be attended by many regional carving clubs that will display some of their own work and work some of their own projects. We will have a display table of automata.
Wood Art in the Cities - March 17th and 18th, Waterloo
Wood Art in the Cities show is cohosted by the Grand Valley and Owls Nest carving clubs. The Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship is held concurrently in the same exhibition space, so their is lots to see. The show is in RIM Park recreation centre 2001 University Avenue East, Waterloo. 589 Water St., The show will be attended by some regional carving clubs that will display some of their own work and work some of their own projects. We will also have a display table of automata.
Science North MakerFest - Saturday April 14th, Sudbury
Similar to the event at the Ontario Science Centre, Science North is hosting a MakerFest/Tech Art Fair exhibition. Science North is located at 41 Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury. We will an educational, interactive display of automata for visitors to the centre as part of their exhibition. Should be lots of fun if you happen to be in Sudbury that weekend.
Automation - May 19th and 20th, Morristown, New Jersey
Automatacon is a convention for automata enthusiasts. It will be held at the Morris Museum in Morristown at 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, New Jersey. It attracts international visitors and some of the prominent automata artists from around the world. There a exhibits and panel discussions We will have a few meagre projects on display in the exhibitor area.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.