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The Birthing Engine Automaton

I became enamored of the Geneva Stop and created the automaton around this ingenious device sometimes used in motion-picture film cameras.

The mother figure exerts herself, a bell rings, a baby emerges, and the doctor's mouth opens in disbelief. The cycle repeats quickly and endlessly.

The antique qualities and subject matter of the piece suggest it is from an era when large families and bawdy humor were more common than today.

Now in a private collection

The Birthing Engine Automaton

  • Approximately 30 cm high X 30 cm long X 12 cm wide
  • Aspen, basswood, baltic birch ply (gears), brass
  • Doctor, mother, and baby figures animated
  • Integrated bell sound
  • Engraved brass title plaque - "The Birthing Engine"
  • Weighted base
  • One-of-a-kind piece

  • The Birthing Engine, 2003, by Dug North

    © 2003 Dug North

Initial Sketch

Refined Sketch

In Progress


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