The branch that the owls in the next automata piece sit on is finally taking shape. I've decided to put a stylized bark on it and a small twig with a few leaves protruding from it. Here's the blank before starting to shape it.
A little while later things are taking shape. There is still sanding to do before detailing the bark and some fitting of the owls so that there is good contact for gluing. In this photo the twig is has been fitted but not completely shaped.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.