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.