During my wanderings about the aethernet, I came across an clever article by the ever-useful IO9, which focused on a disturbing French harp player. However, after digging a bit deeper, I became enthralled a its original source, a company named "The House of Automata"! As described on its splash page...
"... it is the UK's only specialist automata company, restoring, advising on, and making automata to commission."
A smoking monkey? Outstanding!
Though one who enjoys Steampunk has visions of giant cogs and gears running gigantic endeavors, it all has to start somewhere, and the House of Automata is certainly a fantastic place to start! The do original work, as their leader stated, but perhaps more importantly, they restore many of the classic treasure which might have otherwise been lost.
A devilish fellow who can do card tricks!
Needless to say, I'm quite taken with the work and the automata, but as its is said, don't take my word for it! Head on over to the House of Automata, and see the very clever and impressive classic automata house there (in both photos and plenty more videos)! To do so, please turn to: http://automatomania.co.uk/
(To read the original IO0 article, and see the ... unique French harp player, please turn to...