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Automaton. Automata. What is it?
Automata (or sometimes automatons) is the plural form of the word automaton. Contemporary automata
are a form of kinetic sculputure. The finished product is often a hand-cranked device that employs a mechanism to
animate a scene. They are the sophisticated cousins of mechanical toys and whirligigs, and related mechanically to robots.
Original Wood Automata by Dug North
So who is Dug North? I am an artist who designs and makes original automata
using wood, brass, and a few other materials. I also write about how to make automata and provide
various consulting services for enterprises related to automata and other things of a quirky mechanical nature.
Some of things that make my automata special:
They are made in limited numbers, often one-of-a-kind
They require a diverse set of skills to make
Hundreds of hours can go into their design and construction
They are interactive and captivating
Some of my automata perform magic tricks
Others feature my distinct brand of not-so-scary monsters
Contact Dug North with any questions or comments, or to discuss
any opportunities related to automata.
1 - My automaton titled The Unwelcome Dinner Guest is for sale! This piece was featured in a magazine called Gizmos & Gadgets. It depicts a whimsical scene with a dog and bird. This is a very rare opportunity to purchase some of my artwork.
2 - One of my automata was shown in a short film about the amazing collections of video game legend Richard Garriot. My piece, The Birthing Engine, which now resides in his collection of automata, may be seen in the film titled Room for Wonder at the 6:30 mark.
3 - The ninth installment of my quartery column for the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre Blog is now live! This one covers easy-to-make belts and pulleys. Pulleys and belts are incredibly useful to the automaton maker. They can transfer power from one axle to another and change the speed, direction or plane of rotation!
4 - I exhibited at the World Maker Faire, 2012. This was my first time exhibiting at one of the flagship Maker Faires. Over 55,000 people streamed through the gates over the course of two days. The response to my work was very gratifying. I was especially honored to have received two Editor's Choice Awards from MAKE Magazine! Here is a video interview I gave for Tested.com during the event.
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