This short film features the many collections of Richard Garriott de Cayeux -- video game developer, entrepreneur, and space traveler. Garriott has an enormous automaton collection, featuring antiques as well works by almost all of the modern makers. Three of my favorite fellow makers were featured prominently in the film. It came as great surprise to see one of my pieces, The Birthing Engine, shown and mentioned by name. Amidst so many incredible automata, and artists whom I hold in the highest esteem, I'm dazed and delighted that one of my own pieces made it into the footage.
Dug North at World Maker Faire, 2012
I participated in World Maker Faire New York for the first time in September of 2012. While I didn't get to see much of Maker Faire myself, I did get to meet a lot of people including fans, Richard Garriott, readers, makers, Mark Frauenfelder, the awesome staff of MAKE magazine, Dale Dougherty (founder of MAKE Magazine and creator of Maker Faire), as well as fellow automaton-maker Philip Lowndes. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it to see thousands of faces -- young and old -- light up when the handles of my automata were cranked. That was tremendously gratifying.
How-to Article in Gizmos & Gadgets magazine
I was asked to contribute an article to a special issue magazine called Gizmos & Gadgets, put out by the same folks that publish Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine as well a many of the best carving, woodworking, and craft books you will find. They have to be one of my favorite publishers, so when I was asked to write for them, I was really honored. My contribution to the magazine is an article about how to make a wood automaton that I desinged. Titled The Unwelcome Dinner Guest, the automaton depicts a bird stealing a dog's food. The poor dog is tangled in his own leash, so all he can do is wag his tail and bark at the winged thief who pecks away at the food.
Video profile of Artist Dug North
I was profiled in by Howl in Lowell -- the city's hip arts and entertainment site. Their team visited my studio, did and interview, took some photographs of me and my work, and made a great video profile That's done really well on YouTube. In addition to seeing some of my automata, you get a good look at my walk-in vault, its massive steel door, the workshop hidden inside, and some of my hand-tools. Here is where you can see the written article titled "Invention of Dreams" which accompanied the video.
Interview for the movie Hugo
It was very exciting to be interviewed for a special feature to accompany the release of the recent Martin Scorsese film, Hugo. It was even more thrilling to find the footage
I was interviewed for a bonus feature titled The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo that appears on the Blu-ray release of the movie. A team of film
industry professionals associated with Paramount visited my studio and filmed an hour-long interview with me. They asked questions about the history of automata, The Invention of Hugo
Cabret and Hugo, Georges Melies, magic, contemporary automata, and the interest in automata among the public. The featurette is about 12 minutes long. I speak several times and
I am very pleased with how the whole thing turned out.
Here is a short clip from the special bonus featurette. In this segment, I say a few words about why I think people are fascinated by automata of all sorts.
The column is focused on automata construction techniques and assorted methods of creating motion. I also highlight the works of
various automata makers -- some you are sure to have heard of and some you probably have not. I hope you enjoy this column and
encourage you to post comments and questions at the end of each quarterly article.
Tool Review by Dug North Featured on Kevin Kelly's Cooltools Blog
While many of us think of magic as sleight-of-hand or Las Vegas stage shows, there is important aspect of magic that is often
forgotten. Magicians have a long history of being exceptional makers of ingenious apparatus. This fact is
highlighted well in this compilation of 1920s magazine exerpts by renowned magician Joseph Dunninger.
I found the book at a used bookstore back years ago, and it continues to amaze and inspire me. The book is
out-of-print, but available used online
or perhaps at your local used bookseller.
Order a copy of MAKE, Volume 13
to read my concise book review. The issue also has a TON of cool articles on magic, profiles of some amazing makers, and
other cool things to make for yourself.
Dug North Named Kircher Society Resident Automatist
When asked to write and article for my favorite magazine -- MAKE Magazine,I jumped at the chance. Editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder asked me to document how I made the trick top hat for their first-ever special Halloween issue.
In the article, I show you how to make a costume top hat that features a little monster that pops out of the top
anytime you want. It's a lot of fun to wear and I hope you will have fun making one for yourself.
Grant Awarded to Dug North for 2007
I participated in a show and sale of artwork in Groton, Massachusetts called The Artist's Valentine.
There are very few articles with plans explaining how to make a wood automaton. I'm glad
I could help aspiring makers, and advance the art in some small way.
The article features detailed plans and instructions for building your very own automaton of Santa
doing exercises in preparation for Christmas Eve.
It's a great woodworking magazine in genenal!
Woodcraft Magazine Covering the projects, people and products of woodworking! Woodcraft Magazine offers projects for all skill levels, interviews with woodworkers, both hobbyist and professional, and guides for buying tools and supplies.
Dug North Automtous Robot in Eyewitness Robot
A photograph of one of my autonomous solar robots is featured in a book!
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