@tomhaneyartwork

@tomhaneyartwork

I create automata - kinetic, figurative artworks. See more at www.tomhaney.com. You can buy my smaller pieces in my Etsy shop.

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@tomhaneyartwork

Wait for it.... “Wonder Cabinet” is in the spotlight today. He can hang on your wall, or sit in your shelf, and he promises not to make a mess, and to live in peace and quite. I concur - he makes a great roommate. Send me a message and I’ll pass it along to him. Just a note, he’s kind of picky when it comes to roommates. 🙄🙄🙄🙄 Though for $2370. he’s willing to make exceptions. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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I’ve been immersed in my tiny tiny tailor shop this past weekend. Finishing up today, hopefully. I’ve never made so many pieces at one time. And as you can see, I did make a pattern for the shirts. It only made sense. Tom is happy. #tinytailor #tinyclothes #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #tomishappy

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As Ralph Wiggum would say, “I’m learnding”. In all these (16) years, I’ve always made pretty basic clothes. I rarely made them the “correct” way. Being self-taught I’ve always just done things my way - I would just trace the figure onto fabric, and sew it together. Since I need about 9 pairs of pants (trousers) - all the same size - I decided to take that extra step and make a pattern. My wife Paula suggested looking online for pants (trouser) patterns. @paulajoerlingstudio I found something I could use - and after wrapping my head around it, I made it work for me. Here are my trial and errors. And some finished pants (trousers). I can crank these out now. Anyone need any pants (trousers) - size 0000000000? One more thing about making tiny pants (trousers) - it’s fairly easy to make them baggy, but my figures prefer them ‘slim fit’. I concur. 👍🤓 #pants #trousers #slimfit #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Nothing to see here - just 4 naked puppet figures staring at the wall. Move along. 👋😎 Actually, as things come together, I’ll be showing less and less of the finished pieces. My clients want them to be “secret” until the final ad campaign comes out. 🤫🤫🤫 #figures #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Tip of the day. I use Bestine to smooth out fingerprints and small imperfections on unbaked polymer clay. Usually I do this after all the sculpting is finished. 👍🤓🛠 Also, always keep the Bestine capped - it evaporates very quickly. Now get back to work you! 💪🤓 #bestine #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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I find the only hard part about sculpting heads are the eyes, the mouths, the noses, and the rest of the head. It’s never easy. 🥴🥴🥴 I’m making progress though. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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“We can rebuild him.” Yes, I had to do a bit of “adjustment” today. I really maxed out the aluminum foil on these 4 heads. And when I got to creating the divots for their eye sockets, I learned that I didn’t leave enough room. So I had to dig them out like this. I had already put a thin layer of polymer clay on them - and baked on this layer. Since I already had another thin layer on (uncured), I scraped that off before I gouged out the foil. As you can see, it was simple to repair - and now I’m back on track. 👍🤓 I had to do this with all 4 heads. This is not my normal process, so why was I doing it this way with the foil and the layers??? I forgot to order more polymer clay and I was running low. Instead, of waiting, I forged ahead knowing I had a limited amount of clay. D’oh! Everything will turn out fine - it always does. 💪😊🛠 #mistakes #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #process #polymerclay

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Okay, now I’m ready to start - to make these blobs look like people. Somehow. 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Wow, I just finished the 4 bodies - and all the connecting parts. 👍🤓And I’m always curious how things like this go time-wise. All this took just under 50 hours. This is studio time - actually doing the physical work. I never count my time thinking about how to get to this point. And as you might know, I always keep track of my hours - it helps me figure out how to charge for my work. Some say artwork can’t be valued for its time put into a piece, but it’s always been my way of doing it. And my hourly rate hasn’t changed in 20 years. Maybe I should give myself a raise(?). 🤔🤔🤔🤔 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Finally! The last 2 hands are carved. This took longer than I expected - but this has been a very distracting week. First the runoff here in Georgia, then the idiots trying to usurp our democratic process. 😡 I’ve been listening to a lot of my most favorite music lately. Wednesday it was Billy Bragg - Essential. And yesterday and today, it’s The Clash - Sound System. Both found on Prime Music. ❤️❤️❤️ Maybe you can guess why.🤔🤔🤔 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #theclash #billybragg

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I’m not exactly on schedule, but things are progressing. Two hands from yesterday. 👋👋 I’m always happy when they turn out well. I continue to get not only better, but also more patient. And a lot of the “better” is due to the fact that I’ve done this many times before - and have made lots of mistakes. My subconscious mind is to thank for my improvement. 😊 #carvingwood #carving #basswood #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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I thought I’d show you how this piece finally came out. She doesn’t have a name - and I gifted her to my favorite noodle-slurper - who donated her hair. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #noodleslurper

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My progress so far..... Since these figures will need to move - but only to be posable - I decided to use copper wire at any joint that won’t be seen. There is a limited range of motion, because I know what they need to be doing. I just want to give the prop stylists some options at the photo shoot. Some of the elbow and knee joints will be seen, so I’m making those in the typical puppet style. Today and tomorrow I’ll be carving the 8 small hands. Then it will be onto the 4 heads. 💪🤓 Tom is happy. #tomishappy #progress #puppets #props #figures #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Today’s starting point. I’m slowly whittling away at the arm and leg work. 😆😆😆 Funny thing, I need these joints to be movable, but stiff. Normally, I’m always shooting for frictionless joints, but in this case, these arms need to be positionable - and stay in place. They’re for a still shot after all. 📷📷📷 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

@tomhaneyartwork

I’ll have to say, 2020 was a pretty good year for me. I understand it was not for many people in this world. My heart goes out to those who’ve lost loved ones, and to those who have suffered in other ways. 🙁 I’m fortunate to live and work in the same building - and I kept busy all year. A few good commissions and a few nice sales helped smooth out any bumps. I appreciate everyone who’s followed, liked, and/or commented on my work. It really keeps me going. 💪🤓🛠⚙️ Here’s to hoping this New Year will bring good things to all. Stay strong! Cheers! 🍻 tom #happynewyear #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

@tomhaneyartwork

Top nein! Danke. 👍🤓🛠⚙️ I think most of these are movies. #topnine #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

@tomhaneyartwork

How many wood shoes would a woodsman carve if a woodsman could carve shoes??? Probably about 8. #basswood #shoes #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Some of the nicest leg parts no one will ever see. Onward! #legparts #basswood #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #heyday #progress #secretproject

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I made lots of tiny wood chips today. Tom is happy. #tomishappy #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

@tomhaneyartwork

I hope you all are enjoying the Holidays! 🎄🎄🎄 I started an exciting project yesterday, (okay, I worked one hour.) It’ll keep me busy for the next 5 or so weeks. Four “puppets” for an ad campaign. 👍🤓🛠 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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When I was a lad, around 12 or 13, my dad and my Boy Scout leader thought it would be a good idea to get me interested in stamp collecting. My BS leader, Mr. D, (Bob Doolan), gave me a stash of domestic stamps, and also lots of old foreign stamps. I haven’t look at these in over 40+ years. Aren’t they incredibly beautiful? 😊 I put one of these on each of my newest pieces. I will definitely be using these more in the future - (except the ones with Hitler’s face on them. 😫) #stamps #foreignstamps #stampcollection #stampcollecting #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #notrampstamps

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Introducing - “Red” and “Goldie”! “Red” is sold and “Goldie” is $240. with Free Shipping to the US. The other two figures are spoken for. (Btw, these are a bit cheaper because of the cast heads. Though the hair added lots of time.) Also, feel free to change those names. DM me. They measure about 4” x 6” x 3”. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Okay - I’m okay with this. 😕 I didn’t really want these new heads to wear hats - I didn’t want to hide all the beautiful hair. But I’ve learned it’s nearly impossible to use human hair on this scale head. The hair is hard to make lay down, or curl how I want. Oh, well, now I just have to make hats - which is super-simple. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #auburnhair

@tomhaneyartwork

Last looks at “Circuitous” - she’s heading West today to live with her new people. 😊I really love this piece, and will miss it here in my studio. I’m especially proud of my distressed paint finish - 2nd pic. These segments are cut from new molding - turned wrong side out, and painted. It looks a bit like weathered barn wood, but because I hand sand every thing I do, the finish is silky smooth. Now to box it all up and get it to FedEx. ***Edit*** And this piece was seen very briefly in Knives Out. #circuitous #sold #paintfinish #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #knivesout

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Well, at least I can say I learned a lot yesterday. I learned how NOT to do this. I’ll try again today - I haven’t given up yet! #process #hairfails #aurburnhair #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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These ladies need some hair - but I wonder what color.........? 🤔🤔🤔 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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I’m very fortunate to be the only artist to have access to the most beautiful auburn hair a 7 year old noodle-slurper ever grew. Her unique make up - half-Chinese, a quarter Italian, and a quarter “other”, makes for the perfect combination. And I think the “other” is where the hair color comes from. Also, she is the smartest, most creative, kindest, and funniest young woman that I know. All of these things inspire me to create small pieces using her exquisite locks. 😊😊😊 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #auburnhair #noodleslurper

@tomhaneyartwork

Today I’m able to reveal my latest commission. I was honored to do this piece for legendary (punk) rock guitarist, Steve Jones. 🎸🎸🎸🎸@jonesysjukebox He saw one of my smaller recent pieces, and after being connected by a mutual friend, asked me do this piece about him and his younger self. Go to his IG page and watch the video he posted last night. It perfectly sums up what this piece is about. And his thoughts and words really moved me. 😊 I’m super happy the way this one turned out - and I’m always thrilled when a client is happy too. You can see by the drawing that our original concept was of the two figures holding hands. Once I got the bodies made, I thought it made more sense if the older Steve had his hand on the shoulder of the younger Steve. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #stevejones #sexpistols #sexpistols_official

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I got this amazing collection of tiny pieces and parts the other day - from my friend and fellow maker Martin Horspool @buggyrobot - all the way from New Zealand. Thanks so much Martin - these are just the kinds of things I try to collect. And I appreciate you thinking of me. 👍🤓🛠Folks, go check out his cool work! #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Finally making a bit of progress on these heads. Here they are fresh out of the toaster oven. I’ll sculpt the hair and put them back in the oven soon. So far, so good. #commission #portrait #toasteroven #polymerclay #sculpting #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection #sofarsogood

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Sometimes it looks easier than it is. The trick - after choosing a placement of the figures - is to start carving the hand where it touches the shoulder. After that is figured out, carve the rest of the hand. And then join the hand with the rest of the arm. I would guess this arm and hand took me about 3 hours to carve - and to get right the first time. (Just so you know, I really don’t like redoing parts. It’s another weakness of mine - I stubbornly push forward, instead of stopping and starting over. Call it obstinate. 🙄) #carving #basswood #portrait #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Slowly progressing on my latest commission. Yes, I’ve been hard at.... procrastinating. 🙄🙄🙄 I think mostly because I don’t want to screw this one up. But now I’m felling okay about, and moving forward. Two more hands and arms to carve, then on to sculpting the heads. Please feel free to yell at me, “GET BACK TO WORK TOM!!!!!!” 🥴🥴🥴 Thanks! #commission #woodcarving #basswood #portrait #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

@tomhaneyartwork

***Sold*** Of all my recent work, Siouxsie’s piece, “Happy House”, is still waiting for you to pull the trigger. Not literally, figuratively. 🙄 She’s $535. with Free Shipping to the US. I’ll even throw in one of my FEAR LESS pins. Lemme know when you’re ready to adopt this fine piece. #happyhouse #siouxsieandthebanshees #siouxsiesioux #availablenow #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I have stuff for sale. And that I love Sufjan Stevens’ “Carrie and Lowell” album. 😊😊😊 #stuffforsale #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Last night I carved some shoes for my latest commission. Shoes that I would wear. (Note - I did have a pair of creepers back in the 80s, because I was hip like that.) Onward! #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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It’s the very last day of the auction for “Perseverance”. Here is her head. I’m so proud to be among the talented artists in this show - and very proud of my effort. This piece means a lot to me; hopefully someone will connect with it too. 😊😔🤓 Find the Link in my Bio - and go put a bid in - on my piece, or any of the other wonderful pieces in the show. At least go look. 😳😳😳@goldbugpasadena @aclu_nationwide @aclu_socal #love2020 #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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Attention! Now is the time to bid on my piece,”Perseverance”. The auction ends this Friday at 5:00 PST. Get in there early, snag this very unique piece, and help support the ACLU of California. Link in Bio. And here - https://www.goldbugpasadena.com/pages/products-on-auction #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection @goldbugpasadena @aclu_nationwide @aclu_socal #love2020

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“Curves “ is heading out the door today - as a special anniversary gift to someone special - from someone special. 😊😊😊 There’s more in my Etsy shop. Lincoln Bio. #tomhaney #tomhaneyart #tomhaneyartwork #automata #automaton #kinetic #kineticart #kineticsculpture #movingart #mechanicalart #mechanism #gears #levers #pulleys #cams #historymeetsdecor #patinaperfection

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I’m pretty sure the next version of The Queen’s Gambit is going to be about jigsaw puzzles. Wow- this one was challenging. 😳😳😳