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  1. Thanks for the encouragement, Gus. I don't take...

    Thanks for the encouragement, Gus. I don't take offense at all, in fact this is why I joined the forum. I have many friends and family members who are supportive and complimentary. The value of a...
  2. 467439 She's pretty much done now. I'll need to...

    467439 She's pretty much done now. I'll need to touch up the antenna paint as it scraped off a bit while heading them through the hands. I've decided to leave the figure plain wood for now at least....
  3. I've made a little progress lately. The holidays...

    I've made a little progress lately. The holidays are a bad time to try to work with all the family and feasting and all. Besides that, my shop is as cold as a walk-in freezer. I have a wood stove but...
  4. Weird Gears

    Here's the weird gear website: https://www.lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/weirdgears1.htm

    Enjoy
  5. The wings are finished and I'm starting to play...

    The wings are finished and I'm starting to play with drawings of the passenger - a little girl/nymph kneeling on the butterfly's back, holding on to its antennae.
    Video can be seen here: YouTube...
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    Being new to the forum, I just read through your...

    Being new to the forum, I just read through your thread. Wow, what great work! I am truly impressed and inspired. This automaton embodies what drew me to automata making; original ideas, careful and...
  7. I couldn't agree more about the square gears. I...

    I couldn't agree more about the square gears. I don't usually buy other people's plans, but I bought the set of weird gears online. Quite an interesting selection.
    Anyway, not a lot of time in the...
  8. Hi Gus, Thanks for your well timed question....

    Hi Gus,
    Thanks for your well timed question. This is to be a hand cranked automaton. I've been wanting to use some square gears I made recently, so this is what I ended up with.
    464867464868 I...
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    Thanks. The paper crane is one motif I've done a...

    Thanks. The paper crane is one motif I've done a few times. I love the simplicity of it.
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    Thanks, Alex. Yes, I am using the double bevel...

    Thanks, Alex. Yes, I am using the double bevel method - it makes me look more skillful than I am. My teacher's name is Matthew Werner - Matthew Werner – Handcrafted Furniture with Marquetry
  11. New Project: Flapping Butterfly with a Passenger

    While I was watching my granddaughter yesterday (she's 2) she started using a flapping butterfly push toy as a hobby horse, saying, "I'm riding on my butterfly!" I had been thinking of making a...
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    Thanks and a few more

    Thanks for the encouragement. I'll post a few more. Unfortunately, some of the pieces that were sold or given away escaped before I could take pictures. I'll have to get better at...
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    A few pieces from a new guy

    I'm Neal from Santa Cruz, CA. I learned marquetry a few years ago when a local master needed a shop to teach his class in. I was able to move a few tools and fit 6 students, so I got free tuition....
  14. Thread: The Birds

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    Thanks for your patience on the video. I just...

    Thanks for your patience on the video. I just started a youtube channel. You can view it here: YouTube
  15. Thread: The Birds

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    Link to Birds video

    You can now view the video here:

    https://youtu.be/efl5yZmKY_o
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    Beautiful work! I made the T-Rex from that book...

    Beautiful work! I made the T-Rex from that book and was surprised by the author's use of 2 different scales for the parts. It took me a while to figure out why the head was so much bigger than the...
  17. Thread: The Birds

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    Thanks Crowie! I do have some video. There's a...

    Thanks Crowie!
    I do have some video. There's a clip posted on Automata Magazine's site for anyone subscribed to it. Is there an area to post video on the forum or should I establish a YouTube...
  18. Thread: The Birds

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    Thanks

    I'm glad you like it. I am in the fortunate position of not needing to sell me work. I've made few enough automata that I am keeping them for now. I always found that making things for money made me...
  19. Thread: The Birds

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    The Birds

    Hi All. I'm Neal and this is my first post.
    I'm pretty new at making automata - been doing it for a couple years, but not consistently. I'd like to share a piece I recently submitted to Automata...
  20. Thread: Hi Everyone

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    Hi Everyone

    Hi, I'm Nealaron.
    I've been a woodworker since I was 20 (now 62). I started out as a carpenter and gradually moved specialized in finish trim and cabinet work. I was able to continue that work...
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