Things have been progressing a bit with on the polar bear front. A carving show, followed by a few days of a beautiful Indian summer have been chewing into my shop time! Winterizing boats, removing buoys and pond pumps from the lake , attending some club meetings and just the laziness that comes with a few really nice days in the fall on the side of a perfectly still lake have slowed me down the last little bit. You have to take time to smell the roses or you'll go crazy!
Anyway the joystick flicking, pedal pumping, head twisting polar it about done. He still sits in a prototype chair though. I need to build some linkages into the frame of the chair for the joy sticks and I haven't quite have that decided on the configuration yet. This guys name is going to be Manic. (foreground)
Beside him in the photo below is his companion Misery, who seems to have opted out of life for the moment. No joy stick movement, feet off the pedals, and a head buried under her hand seems to be her evolving posture. Of course she has no arms yet and her shape is still developing, but you may get the idea.
Some say that opposites attract. It seems to be true in this case. Obviously more to come.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.