“Maybe” Puffin Automata

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Project by woodpezzer posted 425 days ago 818 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow Lumberjock, Wanda Sowry, automata maker extraordinaire, is the original designer for this piece. I came across her Puffin automata (pictured below) over a year ago and immediately put it on my “to do” list. Being new to the art of automata, building this was a bit challenging. I ended up putting a heavy washer on one of the lifts because it kept popping the head off the puffin, LOL. I also changed the mechanism on the right side due to difficulty getting the timing right. Troubles aside, the goal was to make a pair of Puffins that moved using a hand crank—Mission accomplished! I contacted Wanda before posting this to make sure it was okay with her. She was/is very gracious and even gave me a few pointers for building these nifty little machines.

Fox Chapel Publishing has a magazine called Gizmos and Gadgets with detailed plans for automatas including a cool ship by Wanda. I just finished another machine designed by Dug North (plans for that are in the magazine) so check out my projects page.

12W X 11H X 4D walnut case, oak & maple mechanisms, Puffins carved from unknown species I picked up from a yard sale.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 425 days ago

I love puffins! Works great and looks great too. Nice job on the carving and painting too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 425 days ago

KayBee, Hooray.. another fan of the clown prince! Puffins are so awesome. Thanks so much!

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#3 posted 424 days ago

Great – and with the beat too!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 424 days ago

Don, LOL, admittedly going with the beat was a happy accident. Thanks!

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