Archive for the Automata Category

You Make My Heart Spin

Posted in Automata, Toy Making, Woodworking with tags , , , on February 15, 2014 by Jim


Happy Valentines day!



Praying Machine flies!

Posted in Automata, Carving, Gear Making, metalwork, Toy Making, Woodworking with tags on April 13, 2010 by Jim

The wings flap…

Our prayers are going to Heaven! I have not had a lot of time the last few weeks to work on the Praying machine but I did sneak in a few hours this weekend.


I got the bit of the mechanism complete that raises and lowers the wings. Next will the be the gearing that spins the prayer box itself.

Cranking on the Automata Praying Machine

Posted in Automata, Toy Making on March 29, 2010 by Jim

I am starting to think through how the gears are going to move in the Praying Machine.

I made a jig that lets me try out moving gear ideas.

Gear tester for Automata wooden toy

Last time I posted about automata, I mentioned Dug North. I have found another maker that is also incredibly inspiring. Take a look at the work of Keith Newstead.  He has a blog here. Just looking at his work  makes me happy.

The process of making my machine is as enjoyable as any thing I have ever made – probably better.

I will keep you posted on the progress. I plan to sell this piece on Etsy when it is completed.


Automata! Automata! Automata! – who knew?

Posted in Automata, Carving, Toy Making on March 14, 2010 by Jim

Oh man, everything else in the shop has come to a screeching halt. Chips are flying, brass is being milled, gongs are ringing! I discovered automata.

This idea stopped me like a ball bat to the forehead. Specifically, take a look at Dug North’s website.

Here is a preview of my first. It should be quite handy. When it is done, it will be a praying machine. I mean really who doesn’t need one of those? I will take all the help I can get!

Automata praying machine

I cannot stop thinking about this thing.  I will post more as I begin to rough in the mechanism.