I have spent the last few weeks working a few things. One was to move back into our house after a four month long remediation after a water pipe burst. It is good to be back in familiar territory. The second big thing is working on an educational automata project for a yet to be disclosed client.
This short video clip is the upper part of a display where a group of Musk Oxen to move together to stay warm. It is a piece to help children understand what some animals do to survive in extreme cold conditions.
The surface is inclined forward about 9 degree to assist viewing for children. The Musk Oxen are actually arranged in an arc shaped formation. Viewers will be able to turn a wheel to move the Musk Oxen in and out of the "Huddling" formation.
Beneath the deck are two mechanisms that animate and protect the display. There is more to do but I haven't posted a project for a while so I went with this work in progress.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.