This past weekend I attended the Ontario Wood Carvers Association "Magic in Wood" show in Pickering Ontario for two days. I had a great time meeting with woodworking folks and the general public and discussing the craft of making automata. I took numerous pieces, as shown in the photo below. Most were my original designs but I also had my Conquergood Creative Hula girl along which I copied from the Fourteen Balls Co. site in England, and two pieces adapted from a Philip Lowndes plan "A Case in Point". I also had a few folk art carvings scattered around - it was a carving show after all!
There was lots of interest in automata with people asking how to learn how to make them. As a result I have spoken with the Wood Carving Association about during some instruction through their college association program. We will see what develops and keep you posted!
Special thanks to my two helpers Jim Lang and my wife Pj for helping to promote automata and keeping wander hands at bay!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.