Friday, July 18, 2008

Canoeing Man Wood Automaton

Here is a wood automaton of a man in a canoe by Stuart Chalmers. You can see that the mechanism is made up of just a crank shaft. It's hard to make out, but the crank arms are shaped like fish.

I very much like the use of contrasting woods for the mechanism and the box.

You can see a few other automata by Stuart Chalmers on his web site.

[ Thanks Falk! ]

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Blogger Michael said...

So is this a monofilament actuated automota?

July 18, 2008 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


Honestly, I am not sure. I can't make it out in the video. I think your guess is a good one.


Dug North

July 19, 2008 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for featuring my automata. I've been a regular viewer for a year, so it's an honour to see my work featured on your blog.

You are correct it uses fishing line. The monofilament is attached to the left shoulder blade of the canoeist creating the necessary lever for the paddling motion. I put a photo on my web page which makes it a little clearer.

July 20, 2008 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuart, nice work. I'd seen your woodworker automata on youtube, Great mechanism and movement there. I'm trying to design an automata of woodworkers in a shop using hand tools. Have the plane and saw mech done, working on the hammering and drilling mechanisms. Great work.


July 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM  

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