I have been busy with other things but have been slipping into the shop to optimize the design details on my CAD drawings and fabricate pieces for my tubing skeleton. The photo below shows the cutouts for two pedestals, one on each end, that hold the eight follower ends that give the tube and the skeleton the bouncing motion. They still have the paper templates on them that I use to cut them accurately.
I saw how flat looking they were going to look and thought I should try to add something. In the past I have put thematic cutouts in for interest but nothing came to mind. What did come to mind was a portal to the lost souls that wait on the banks of the River Styx. I sketched the circles for sizing and made a little relief carving based on something I saw in a souvenir shop on the weekend. Below is the prototype relief I made stuffed into the pedestal on the right side of the photo above.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.