A brief written record
It was not until early 2019 that I began creating Project Sheets. Project Sheets are a brief written record of each build. I share Project Sheets with the public via this website. When a project is actively on my workbench I try to update the Project Sheets weekly. It is not unusual for me to reference the Project Sheets from my blog, which I also try to publish weekly.
As I build I intensely photograph each step…600 or more images per project are not unusual. The photographs are intended to capture all of the little details so that when I do future builds I can use the images as reference.
In the end many of the images are printed into a booklet. My workflow is that I build, and rebuild, and rebuild…until I am satisfied and until the automata will operate reliably for thousands of cycles.
I then do a disassembly, photographing in the order of disassembly. Using Google Slides I create the “Disassembly Before Paint” booklet. This is an important document. It is printed and kept in a three ring binder and is used for the final reassembly. The booklet exists in digital format (in addition to the printed booklet). When an automata is sold a digital copy of the “Disassembly Before Paint” booklet is given to the buyer.