As allegedly the worst snow storm since 2009 in Toronto passes by outside the window I sit in the comfort of my office and design automata! I expect we are in for 25 to 30 cm. It's not he snow that's bad but rather the behaviour of some motoring folks out there.
The photo is a wire frame sketch of a dog that is part of my next piece as it comes off my CAD system. I will use the drawing as a template to cut the block from which I will carve Rover - or whatever his name will be!
He will be laying down peering over the side of a structure and his his will turn back and forth scanning for something while his tail also wags enthusiastically. The internal mechanism is not shown in the drawing however the shaft passages and the shape of the internal cavity are visible.
A similar sketch for another component of the automata is not quite finished yet.
"Rover" will be about 6-1/2" long and 2-1/2" tall. I suspect that after a few slips with the carving knife he will end up a mongrel rather than a pure bread.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.