So I said that yesterday I expected to finish the assembly of the mechanism for "Schools Out" my current project underway. We'll it was warm and sunny, one of the nicer days of the summer, and after spending the morning in the shop I had to head outside. Instead of assembly I worked on the handle, carving and wood burning while sitting by the lake and on the patio. The handle was a possible prototype for the nine bouncing fish. I had never attempted scales on any previous fish so this was a first for me. Here is the fish after doing the pyrography.
The little guy is about 4-1/2" long. While not an exact replica he is meant to ressemble a small-mouthed bass. I omitted the chin and side fins as they would have been fragile and could interfere with cranking.
Here he is after some paint. He might be alittle bright but what the heck automata is supposed to be whimsical - right?
I forgot to highlight a couple of weeks ago that Conquergood Creative is now mobile. My wife purchased a small trailer for me to use when attending carving shows. (Trying to cram everything in her car was a bit of a challenge since automata don't stack very well!)
Anyway here's the addition to out fleet. Watch for it on highways around Southern Ontario.
A day in the shop has produced all the wooden parts needed to put the bounce in the next automata project "School's Out". Tomorrow should spent making a few brass pins, applying some finish to a few pieces and doing the first assembly of the mechanism in the case. With that in hand I will move onto the carved character components.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.