It has been a little hectic here so far this year. We are engaged in serious elder care, trying to clean up some of the property of years of accumulated marina stuff, entertaining grand children and getting a little automata project work done. Oh yes, let's not forget the trip to Morristown for AutomataCon 2022!
I am slowly working away on a new project using some found items. I was inspired by some of the pieces I saw in Morristown this year so I decided to give it a try. While clearing out the marina storeroom I discovered a pair of deck vents from an old cruiser on the shelf. A little voice in my head instantly yelled out FISH! and so my "found item" project was born. The scoops are from an old Hackercraft, a popular luxury mahogany boat brand still in production today, but these pieces are likely 1950's vintage.
Two scoops together will form the head of my leviathan, which will allow me have the mouth open to reveal deep secrets inside.I am adding some wooden lips for interest to each and might lead to the addition of some teeth. The photo below shows one of the scoops beside the start of the lip assembly - still lots of work to go.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.