My work combines the skill of wood sculpting, metal-working and the creativity of design and concept with the complexity of engineering and electronics.
I am primarily inspired by the automata masters of old – the famed eighteenth century Swiss watchmakers Pierre Jaquet Droz and Henri Maillardet. While I cannot hope to ever match their mastery, I like to challenge myself with increasingly more complex work. To this end I moved from wood mechanics to metal, and subsequently introduced motorized movement. I design and machine all parts, wood and metal. I try to re-purpose where I can. And, yes, I am even teaching myself to sew.
I hope you enjoy my automata as much as I enjoy creating them.