Sunday, 18 December 2011

Latest addition to the product line Rainbow mobiles.
Made from Birch ply and coloured with spirit wood dyes.
I decided to go with the six colour version - it means I don't have to mix dyes.
These are cut on an elderly Burgess bandsaw with a temperamental circle cutter, I think I'll be designing a new one soon.






Having got the wood dyes I've started experimenting with coloured turning, the hollow forms in front are dyed blue and red respectively.

Monday, 21 November 2011

 One of the things I like about autumn is going outside, first thing in the morning, and seeing the world through a ground mist.

Then into the workshop to make rainbow mobiles - moons and stars next.
There will be a set of plans for these coming out in the new year.





Thursday, 10 November 2011





Bamboo is a brilliant material -  it's still used as scaffolding for building in the far east, but can also be split down to make thin flexible spars for fighting kites.
In this case I've split it extra thin (less than 0.5mm) to make the reefing spars on the sail for this Junk. The masts are bamboo as well, made from cocktail sticks.

Monday, 7 November 2011





This is how you cut 8 waves at once.
This is as close as I get to mass production - if you look at the top left corner, you will see more waves already cut out, they are part of a batch of over a hundred waves. After this comes a lot of sanding...


 This is enough parts for 4 automata, the Dhow will have a sail added later.

Sunday, 6 November 2011





This is a set of parts for a making waves automata, apart from the screws that hold the front and back together.
And here is one I made earlier...




Thursday, 3 November 2011

This is the first version  of my dragonfly automata, the body is turned, on a lathe, in two pieces, then dyed blue. The base is Birch ply cut into the shape of a water lily leaf, again dyed.

The wings and mechanism are made from brass rod and tube soldered together.

Monday, 31 October 2011

 A turned hollow form, inspired by sea urchins, It's about four inches across (100mm).
The wood is laburnum, the  tree which was dead, came from a farm half a mile from the workshop.
This will be one of a series, here is the next one - still on the lathe.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Three ships





 Three stylised ship models - a lowestoft steam trawler, tug and a Scottish puffer boat. 

These will each become part of an automata like this one;