Bobbing Boat Wooden Automaton Kinetic Art



**You can find a video of the action on my social media.

**The pictured model maybe in a gallery exhibition at the moment and unavailable. However, I offer to custom make a unique edition for you, essentially the same as that shown, subject to material variation. If you'd like clarification prior to purchase, please get in touch.

“Bobbing Boat” automata is one of a series of works that upcycle reclaimed materials from our workshop into pleasing and kinetic forms. Parts may include bits of: chair leg, driftwood, Oak, Mahogany, pallet wood, beads.

Inspiration for the automata’s design comes in part from my ever changing stock of reclaimed materials and in part from playing around with form and function.

If you are thinking of this item as a gift, I can personalise the item with an inscription, how about "you float my boat" or "catch me if you can".

The creative process: I start with an idea for the subject of the automata, for example a boat. I do some picture research and sketching to try and understand the key elements of the subject, I mean, what makes a boat, boaty? Next I hunt around for scrap materials and get a feel for how they might go together. The other piece of the puzzle is how the movement will be created. Once that’s worked out there’s usually a bit of trial and error to get it all working. After all, each piece is unique.

The finished piece is Teak oiled.

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


Delivery is free in the UK. £20 to the rest of Europe. £40 to the USA and Canada. Please message me if you'd like me to check if I can be more competitive to your specific country. 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.


Philip Wilkinson at Quicksticks Workshop

Suitable for

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Fathers Day
  • Mothers Day
  • Romantic


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