Well this should should be a pretty good visual clue as to the nature of my current project, although the nature of the beast may not be obvious yet. The wheels should be the big clue. I'm back in the shop tomorrow and the skeleton should finally give away the mystery. Then it will be the hard work, shaping and attaching the covering.
Since it is an automata project, the will wheels turn of course. The mechanisms that work up into the legs has been roughed together on a test bed. Still adding a few wrinkles to the design along the way!
Onward and upward! That's another subtle hint.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.