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Mechanical Wood Sculpture / Automata

June 26, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Jarrod Houghton  ·  jarrodhoughton.com

Workshop at a glance

Make a functional wooden sculpture through individual instruction while gaining knowledge for future automata works.


  • Basic and advanced woodworking
  • Basic Mechanics (engineering)


  • Wood
  • Mixed Media


  • Expanded woodworking knowledge
  • One mechanism and one completed personal project

Artist Bio

Jarrod Houghton is a senior instructor in foundations at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He received his MFA in sculpture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Arts at the Embassy has selected his artwork for a permanent collection at Paramaribo, Surinam. Houghton has been published in Studio Visit magazine and been recognized as a New Superstar of Southern Art by Oxford American.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

During this workshop, using mainly wood components, students will construct a basic box including cam and crankshaft mechanism. This wooden structure is the creative springboard to designing and constructing your own individual automata. During class you will work with a variety of materials including metal, wood, plastic, wire, and paper. Creative ideas will be sparked by exploring movements and harnessing intrinsic characteristics. Participants are welcome to bring their own hand tools and any materials, objects or curios that could be used in the artwork. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $1,330

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