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And another automaton makes it to my blog.. A wooden koi fish with a weight driven pull-tab mechanism. It has taken 2 months to complete this piece, by working when I have time left from busy life. It is 110x45cm (44×18 inch) made out of wood. I used lead sinkers as weight pieces. My inspiration […]


I tried creating a different mechanism for this automaton. I wanted to experiment timing of the mechanical movement. Wings and beak move one after the other. I like to create planar mechanisms so that the final piece is more like a moving painting hanged on the wall. The main focus is to create a 2d […]

New Addition to My Studio: A CNC Machine

  My brother in law is a genius. He made a CNC machine for himself couple years ago. He has been making and selling CNC machines lately. In this spring when he said that he was making a CNC machine for me, I was very very excited. After making my first automaton project in winter, […]


Devran means something like a “period of a specific time” in Turkish. This is another try using different materials. This time copper, brass and wood. Actually this is not a total automaton. More like a kinetic art. There is not any mechanism making the carousel turn. It can turned by hand though. I needed to […]

Concrete and The Bird

I have spent the last couple of months trying different materials for automaton. Making everything out of wood by hand carving and hobby machinery was both very tiring and time-consuming. Also, it was not possible to make precise parts like gears out of wood; I wanted to try using metal and concrete for some parts. “Concrete […]


An automaton trial I did in January. Actually, here I tried different use of materials not the automaton mechanism. Aged wood together with rusty metals. I glued a piece of old cloth over the big piece in moon shape. Aged with walnut ink. There is a very simple mechanism. When the handle is turned, iron wires […]

Paper Prototyping For An Automaton Project

Just watched these videos by Katy Hargrove about paper prototyping for an automaton project. Very helpful and I definetely recommend for beginners like me. By the way I have found these videos through Dug North’s The Automata Blog which is an amazing website full of information about automata. and part 2:

Useful Website With Animated Mechanisms is one of the websites I would recommend for automata makers. I am working on a new automaton and animations here help me a lot to plan the mechanism. There are videos of different mechanisms. On some of the pages, there are flash animations where you can change the values and see the result […]

Automata artwork - Kiftaro

My First Automaton – Kiftaro

Finally I am posting here about Kiftaro. I started making handmade wooden automaton couple of months ago. There was another try dated back couple of years ago when I was working on my stop motion film. It was going to be a carousel but I just made some wooden gears, etc.. and did not finish. […]