This automaton is available for purchase. Please use the
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The Unwelcome Dinner Guest automaton depicts a backyard scene with a picket fence, doghouse, and
birdhouse. Apparently, the dog has recently been fed because his bowl is full of food.
Unfortunately for the dog, his leash has become wrapped around the birdhouse pole and he can no longer reach the bowl.
This provides the resident bird an opportunity to enjoy a big meal, free of charge. All the
poor dog can do is excitedly wag his tail, jump, and bark as the bird gobbles up the food.
Please scroll down to see video of the piece, additional information, images, and pricing.
This automaton was created as the basis for a wooden mechanical project that was featured
in Gizmos & Gadgets,
a special edition magazine from the publishers of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. The article shows
the process of making this automaton from start to finish.
This piece was a big hit with thousands of visitors at the World Maker Faire 2012 and played no small
part in my automata exhibit being awarded three Editor's Choice Awards.
Purchasing Information for The Unwelcome Dinner Guest
25 cm wide x 35 cm high x 15 cm deep
Aspen, brass, assorted hardwoods, leather, waxed linen, spring steel
Original signed piece created by Dug North for Gizmos & Gadgets magazine
Comes with a copy of the magazine in which it was featured, signed by Dug North
Includes one of artist's original pencil sketches shown above (your choice, unframed)
This automaton is the ancestor of what is likely to be an entire generation of
others based on this design. You can own the very first of its kind.
The Unwelcome Dinner Guest
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wish to acquire this automaton via Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order.
*Price does not include Massachusett's sales tax of 6.25%. Price does include insured shipping within 48 conntiguous United States.
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