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    Default Cool Cats.

    Sometimes I have to make gifts other than jewellery, so I hope that you will be entertained by these mechanical cats.
    The first has a fly on a very thin wire, crimped into a tube at the back of its head. The head is loose and has a long spike which passes through a hole in a turntable hidden in the plinth. When the handle is turned the catís head appears to follow the fly. This was inspired by a craft worker who regularly showed a range of wooden toys at fairs. His version was of a man, but I argued that it should have been a cat. I have not seen him around recently and only wish I could acknowledge him by name.
    The second was made as a retirement present for a much loved teacher. It is my take on those Japanese lucky cats. The boat shaped pendulum at the base is connected to the raised paw and when you nudge it the paw waves. I hope it has not ended up in her kitchen drawer. Dennis

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    They are brilliant - what a clever clogs you are!!

    Lorraine

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    How lovely. I love things that move.

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    My DH LOVES automata - we have lots of wooden moving toys/ornaments but I've never seen anything like these before. Have you looked at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre? I love them, Dennis - hey, my DH's birthday is in August - I know I can't afford it but 'd love to buy him/make something like these

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    Wow! Yet more talents?!?! Those are great Dennis.

    (Shinto cats btw )

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    Wow Dennis! Wow!

    Those look incredibly complex and challenging, i've only attempted jewellery.
    Love them.

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    Wow, love them!

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    They're both fabulous, my favourite is the waving cat.
    Does the little star pop in and out of the base when he waves? ( Maybe for extra luck)
    Love the boxes they sit on too - beautiful precision....
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    There is absolutely no way that would have ended up in her kitchen drawer, Dennis. You are a clever old bugger xxx
    Di x

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    Wow I love them - the cat following the fly sounds like real fun. Nice work.
    Anne

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