This is a recent commission from a couple that have an 8 year old that loves airplanes, and a 7 year old who loves to steal cookies. Well they like to do other things too - typical boy things - but we decided to focus on these two aspects of their personalities, because, frankly, I thought they would translate into interesting mechanical pieces. The clients wanted the pieces to be hand-cranked, which I like to do from time to time.
Here's how them came together...........
This is the beginning of Lucas's body; he will be "flying" an airplane.
Lucas's body on the left and Thomas's body on the right. A line coming up through the legs will control all the motion.
Here I'm working out Thomas's arm that will reach onto the cookie jar and pull out a cookie. Getting the angle right was a bit of a challenge.
Here I'm figuring out the arm and hand that holds the cookie jar. This arm doesn't move.
I carved the arm and the inner surface of the hand - now on to the rest of the hand....
Their two heads - more caricatures than realistic representations.
The two bodies, all carved and ready for paint. The 4 'doors' protect the mechanisms on the inside.
I'm checking the mechanisms here before adding the head, and the covers that protect the mechanism.
Thomas, all dressed. Putting him together was a bit of a puzzle - final assembly of my figures usually is.
Making the bases. Of course I wanted the bases to be similar, so I had to build them from scratch.
Here they are all painted, aged, sanded, and waxed.
Making the mechanisms. I used a couple of gears to gear down the cranks. This prevents the pieces from being wound too fast.
A closer shot.
The plane, the plane - purchased off of eBay.
The mechanism underneath - simple, precise, and made to last.
He turns his head from side to side as if to see if the coast is clear - and then steals one more cookie.
I love this shot - it shows a lot of his personality.
The two boys side by side.
Again, thanks for looking!