I haven't posted a reader submission in far too long! For July 4th 2012, let's celebrate the birth of The United States with this lovely piece. The automaton shown here, depicting a stork delivering a baby, was made by one of our readers to celebrate the birth of his niece in February of this year. It is his first automaton. It turned out very well! If it was a gift, I am certain the new parents are delighted.
Dave didn't tell me if he referenced any books to make this piece, but here is a very short list of recommended books about automata-making. There is also a longer list of automata and mechanical reference books in the resources section of my web site.