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.

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Philip Lowndes

Build your own automaton

Start making your own automata with simple tools.
Fully illustrated instructions and paste-on cutting templates.
Also useful as a base for making your own designs.
More information is available HERE
Available as a download in the SHOP

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Automata publications

Watch my latest Youtube videos. Subscribe to my channel.
Full list of videos here.

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Automata Magazine is the international source for everything automata. Published online six times per year, the magazine covers automata from around the world.
Download a sample copy of the magazine at


Latest YouTube video.

Directories of my work. Click images to see full directory

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

Tel. +44 (0)7531 660021