In the "Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy" it was said that the answer to solving all the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life is 42. That is the number of petals on this wooden water lily, part of the new automata project I have on the go. Coincidence? Hmm. Anyway here is quick look on how to grow a wooden water lily. Observant viewers will notice that the lily has a hole through it's centre. It will have an addition in the future.
Tooth on the mend, a little CAD time for redesign and a day in the shop has yielded a revitalized Top Gun. It was a repair mentioned a few blogs back and here is the finished piece. Smoother cranking, more power equals more happiness!
While an abscessed tooth has kept me from the shop for a few days it may have inspired a new automata scenario for me! "The extraction" maybe be conceptualizing in the back of my mind! Putting pen to paper.
Yesterday I traveled along with Members of my carving club travelled to Belleville Ontario to the attend the Quinte Carving Competition. I did not enter Rat Co. in the competition so that I could display and operate it at the club table (something you can not do with entered pieces). These competitions are not really meant for automata but for more traditional carving pieces. The Quinte competition is a showplace for decoy carving and features a category for floating decoys.
Talking to folks about Rat Co. and automata was a lot of fun, with many fascinated y an art form they rarely see.
The Rat Co. employees are now complete and are ready to be installed in the finished piece. The CEO is the one seated in the foreground. Each one clutches a Canadian "Loonie", a one dollar coin in their hand, except our friend on the right who holds two. In the next few days I will post photos of them in position.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.