I have had folks ask about the leak spout or blob in the "Call Before You Dig" automata. It is made from 12 pieces of shaped basswood glued onto a wooden plug. The center four create a square shape at the bottom. There are 4 more on each side, and 4 more glued into corners created. The individual drops were rough cut on the band saw and sanded to shape.
I chose gold to reassemble finished petroleum products since that was the segment I worked in . Black wouldn't have shown the detail well.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.