Contemporary Automata

Welcome to my web site where I showcase my contemporary automata, animatronics and wooden artworks.
All my art is created from common hardwoods, mainly beech, ash, american cherry and lime wood.
The different woods are chosen for strength, fineness of grain and natural beauty.
Hardwoods are pleasant materials to work with but present an interesting challenge in making durable complex mechanisms and pieces out of a natural material.
Many of my automata have complicated mechanisms which take months of design and experimentation to develop and I then produce them in small batches of 2 or 3 pieces, available for sale on this site and also in my Etsy shop. Some automata are held in stock, others are made to order. I also consider commissions.
The intention of this site is to show my work but also to share the tips and methods that I have discovered whilst making them to help others start in automata making, a fascinating and diverting art.

I hope that you enjoy exploring my site. I apologise if some of the deeper pages are not yet well formatted. I am working on improvements.

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Philip Lowndes


10 August 2022.
Just completed a new, larger, "Pigeons" automaton. Prompted by a request for a more substantial version to display in a museum. The pigeons and polished hardwood parts are made from American Cherry wood.
Available in my shop

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10 August 2022. Finished a second donation box for Hampshire Museums.
This one has sound effects and LED lit dioramas with a run time of about a minute.

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© Philip Lowndes
Long View
Church Green
Nr Saffron Walden Essex
CB10 1RA

Tel. +44 (0)7531 660021