28 August 2019, One born, one into the trash.


I have discarded A Sunday Drive.  I simply could not focus enough continual enthusiasm.  Too many other automata kept poking their way around A Sunday Drive.  So I’ve thrown it away.  It’s in the garbage.  No different I guess than a painter painting over a failed painting.

And there has been a birth this week.  The biped for Inclined Slide #1 has emerged from a block of basswood.  It’s still in rough shape (as opposed to finished).  Shoulder hinges are installed.  I need to install ankle, knee, and hip hinges…and I need to make a test stand for this biped.

I am building a carry case for Big Wheel Lift #2.

Our weather here in Southern California has been a bit too warm…so I generally don’t work in the middle of the afternoon…but the rest of the time my studio is comfortable.

I don’t feel bad about discarding A Sunday Drive…I feel good.  I learned and I got some fresh ideas.  Good things.

Inclined Slide #1 Project Sheet

Big Wheel Lift #1:  Project Sheet, Detail Sheet

A Sunday Drive Project Sheet

The Inclined Slide Biped emerges 28 August 2019.

 

12 August 2019
110vac To Go


In 2016 I completed a 20 pipe street organ that I call Misty. Misty and I perform in public 2-4 times a month…it’s fun.  A side benefit are the tips that I receive…which I reinvest into my art projects (street organs and automata).  Sometimes I perform where it is crowded and noisy and sometimes I perform where it is calm and sedate.  I got the thought into my head that I would like to take an automata with me to these calm and sedate venues.

The problem…the show stopper…was that there was no convenient 110vac at these venues.  In July 2019 I completed Big Wheel Lift #1Big Wheel Lift was screaming at me that it wanted to come performing with me…so I started the task of locating a portable power source.

I ended up purchasing a FlePow portable power bank from Amazon…approx $80.00.  This is a neat little power bank that has two powered USB ports, and a 110 volt outlet.

Big Wheel Lift contains a 110vac 6 watt motor.  The FlePow portable power bank powers the Big Wheel Lift for 12+ hours before it needs recharging.  It has worked flawlessly now at three different venues.

Having Big Wheel Lift as part of my street organ playing performance has added depth to my performance.  People are fascinated with it.  Many stop and watch.  Some of them speak to me about Big Wheel Lift and automata in general.  All in all the power bank has been a great investment.

110vac To Go. Acquired August 2019.

31 July 2019
Back to the Biped


It’s Scissor Lift #2 that is the priority on my bench.  I gave up on it’s biped last year and commenced to create Big Wheel Lift #1.  The biped for Big Wheel Lift #1 has turned out well.  I like it.  Perhaps this copper leaf and patina process will become my default biped treatment…I don’t know yet.  

At any rate…I am now proceeding with the Scissor Lift #2 biped, which I expect to have completed within the week.  It has been created and primed (X2).  Only the copper leaf and patina remain to be done.

The Scissor Lift #2 biped Project Sheet is here.

The biped for Scissor Lift #2 is taking shape.