Automata: Storytelling Through Animated Wood with John Morgan September 3-7, 2019 (Tues-Sat)


$825 tuition, $75 material fee
Key Points:
*Concept origins
*Design process- from concept to finished sculpture
*Converting single input to multiple output
*Pin gear jig design and construction
*Troubleshooting mechanical issues
*Safety measures for making small parts
*Scroll saw cutting
*Fitting and assembling
*Finishing wood and painting

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $300.00 per item


This class will provide students with the opportunity to make a creative mechanical object from wood. This category of woodwork, called automata in Europe, is sometimes described as “art collectors” toys. The result of the participation in this workshop will be a new, unique piece of automata designed by John for this class. This new piece, “American Politician” makes a satirical statement about the antics of politicians. Starting with discussions about mechanisms, John will use his 38 years of teaching experience to walk students through concept, design and construction stages. Critical problem solving and troubleshooting will be covered, ensuring that the final piece performs as anticipated. Starting with printed patterns, each student will work with basic shop power tools, including the table saw, scroll saw, disc/belt/spindle sanders and drill press to produce a sculpture of maple, walnut and aircraft plywood. Through the creation of their machine, students will realize the ability to communicate through an inspired piece of woodwork designed to intrigue their friends and build confidence in their creative ability.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.