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.
Conquergood Creative will again have a display at the Canadian Nation Wildfowl Carving Championship in RIM park Waterloo on March 17th and 18th. No we will no be displaying bird carving but rather our latest collection of automata pieces. It is alway fun to go and mingle with fellow woodcarvers and mingle with our hosts from the Grand Valley Carving Club. This event tends to be as far west as we usually show so if you are out that way please drop in for a chat. You will also see some incredible wildfowl carvings from international competitors.
Hope to see you there!
Yes another skeleton! My current project will put together two popular components of past automata projects. Everyone seems to enjoy a skeleton even if it is reduced from 207 bones to a mere 20. The lump on the right side is the birth of the next character. Its a chunk of Tupelo that hopefully will take on human form! You'll have to keep watching.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.