Bobbing Boat Automata Kit

Add character to your model with paint.


**You can find a video of the working model on my Social Media or Youtube. SEARCH #quicksticksworkshop

**The kit contains everything required the make the wooden automaton including wood glue and sandpaper. Colours of the beads and felt vary. Paint not included.

Six variants of the boat are illustrated in the instructions, which one will your choose?

“Bobbing Boat” automata kit is one of a series of works that upcycle reclaimed materials into pleasing and kinetic forms. Following the simple photo instructions ( or video instructions) you will assemble a model boat that rocks and bobs on the waves whilst you crank the handle.

You will learn about a simple mechanism, the cam, which converts rotary motion into reciprocating motion.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, I'm happy to try and accommodate requests.


Delivery is £9 in the UK. Please message me to check additional postage rates for other countries. We reserve the right to request additional payment via Paypal if it transpires your country is significantly more expensive to ship to. All shipping is tracked and insured.

If we agree to supply any physical goods for delivery outside the UK, they may be subject to import duties and / or additional taxes or expenses incurred due to complying with foreign regulatory requirements or laws. You will be responsible for payment of any such duties and / or taxes.

Any dates quoted for delivery are approximate only. If no date is specified it will take place as soon as reasonably possible, unless there is an event outside of our control.

You must examine any goods upon receipt and let us and the carrier know by email (including a digital photograph) if anything is missing, damaged or not as described within 24 hours.

Only sign for a delivery if you are happy with the condition. If necessary sign ‘unchecked’ otherwise any claims may be invalid.

If we are in error with what we sent, we will rectify this without unreasonable delay and without charge. You agree to co-operate with the return of incorrect items, at our cost.

Our goods and online content are provided on an "as is", "as available" and “with all faults” basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Where batches are produced, items in the pictures may be a sample and not the actual item you receive. Reclaimed materials can have nail heads, holes, dings, rust, imperfections etc. If you want me to send a picture before shipping, please leave a comment on your order.

Care and Maintenance of your automata. Avoid prolonged direct sunlight which could fade the paint. Avoid excess humidity, which could swell the wooden components. The model is not a toy and should only be used by children under responsible adult supervision. Excess for force or misuse may damage the mechanism. To clean, use a dry duster only. After prolonged use, the surface of cams maybe rubbed with a wax candle to reduce friction.

Packaging. I am very concerned for the environment. The majority of my packaging material is reused from deliveries I receive. Please excuse the slightly eclectic mix of carboard box, bubblewrap, air bags and scrunched paper you find protecting your model.

***Due to the reclaimed materials used, this item is NOT A TOY.
***Measurements are approximate.


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


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Kathryn - - #37337

Great from start to finish. As a total beginner, Phillip took time to understand what I wanted to achieve and the sessions were well planned so that I used a range of tools and techniques. Phillip kept it fun, informative and well paced. Very happy with my project and the experience.

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Hi. As this was a custom project to frame your earlier stained glass project, we were both taking a leap of faith in the design and practicality for a self described 'beginner'. But well done, it looks great.

Sarah - - #37319

Such a great course! Having never done woodwork before, Philip was very patient and made it seem easy. I made the bird box and was so happy with the final product. Would definitely do another course! Thank you!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Hey Sarah,

I'm thrilled you enjoyed making the double decker birdbox. Do let me know if you'd like any of the 'making in process' photos. Cheers

Zi Young Kang - - #37135

Philip kindly prepared materials and technical drawing for our project and guided us step by step to complete kitchen roll holders.
It was informative and fun and Philp was extremely nice and patient.
Highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in craft.
Thank you Philip!! We may book another one in the future.

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

My first couple on a craft session. You two were great fun. The competitiveness!! Lol. Glad you like the design I came up with and had fun. See you next time.

Ben - - #36669

Had a great session with Phillip, he was patient and helpful and got the the balance right between instructing, demonstrating and just letting me get on with it! (Once I was confident on the equipment). The tools are really easy to use and good quality and I was really happy with the book ends I made. Thanks again!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Thanks Ben. I'm glad you had fun making personalised bookends. I just hope your cat doesn't take exception to the design and fling them off the shelf. 😄

Claire - - #36419

This was an excellent introduction to working with wood. Philip explained everything really clearly, answered all my questions and kept it fun. It was exactly what I was hoping for and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

That's wonderful, thank you.

You are the first guest to make my new Cracket Stool project. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Best of luck with your furniture making adventures.

Jenny - - #36405

Philip was amazing! I’ve always wanted to build a dolls house but didn’t know where to start.
Philip was recommended to me and through several correspondences we came up with a plan. Philip accommodated my brief while adding his own expertise.

I wanted to do as much of the build as possible, but knew my limitations, so Philip did all the main cutting and I now have a kit to complete in the summer.

He responded to my emails promptly and was so
helpful, I never felt anything was too much for him.

I’d definitely use him again and would highly recommended him.
My grandchildren are going to love their dolls house!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

You're very kind Jenny. Thank you.

It was an interesting project to help you with and I'm sure it will be satisfying when your tools out and finish the assembly and decoration.

The photo instructions are comprehensive, but you know I'm on call if you need any clarification.

I look forward to a photo of the finished job :o)

Matthew Lee - - #36013

I had a BRILLIANT afternoon with Philip in his workshop. I really felt as though Philip tailored the time to my particular learning goals and experience (of which I went in with literally zip). I've come away feeling both more confident practically (my original aim) and creatively inspired. A week later and I'm still buzzing (like a fret saw) about woodworking!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Thanks for the kind review Matthew. I'm glad you enjoyed the session and now feel inspired. It was great meeting you and I hope to welcome you back in the future for another project with lots of laughs as before. Cheers

John Mackenzie - - #34751

I had a great time! Philip took me through using various wood working machinery. Always happy to answer By questions I had. My family loved the product I can away with. Definitely will do again.

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Hey, thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed the session. Hope you go on to set up that workspace you described, and get crafty.


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