Yesterday I traveled along with Members of my carving club travelled to Belleville Ontario to the attend the Quinte Carving Competition. I did not enter Rat Co. in the competition so that I could display and operate it at the club table (something you can not do with entered pieces). These competitions are not really meant for automata but for more traditional carving pieces. The Quinte competition is a showplace for decoy carving and features a category for floating decoys.
Talking to folks about Rat Co. and automata was a lot of fun, with many fascinated y an art form they rarely see.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.