One of the fun things at the recent Magic in Wood show was delighting a few visitors with the changing colour horses in the "Horse of a Different Colour" automata. From the rear of the piece you can tell which colour horse will appear when the stable door next opened. By choosing the corresponding colour of what they might be wearing or by asking what their favourite colour was I could make it seem as if the horses' where magically changing colour on my demand! It was delightful to see the mystery and amazement in their eyes and share their excitement with other visitors.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.