Mechanical Amusements are custom made, one of a kind, animated, miniature "theatrical" dioramas, featuring your story. Your memories and photos help determine the details that will decide the design.
How much do they cost? You decide how much you want to spend. The complexity and number of details determine the cost. Simpler scenes (2 to 5 characters) start at $400 to $950. More complicated scenes may be $1000 or more. Many customers have found the $600 and $1200 range best tell their stories. Some price examples (approximate) are shown throughout these pages.
Larger more complex scenes demand more detail and time to build. The most popular sizes run $3500 to $6000. Satisfaction guaranteed. I've only had one item returned in 30 years. And I solved the problem in 2 days.
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YOUR STORY TOLD BY AUTOMATA
MUSIC / MUSICIANS
SAILING and SEA STORIES
CHESAPEAKE BAY BACKYARD DETAILS
This scene depicts a family at play in the back yard of their Chesapeake Bay home. Shown are the dad's garden, the youngest son's pet frogs, mom bird watching, middle son building a cardboard boat, oldest son with his golf team bag of clubs and the little sister playing in the garden.
"The Wicked Witch of the West" was made for a fellow's sister as a law school graduation gift. While discussing his history with his sister he mentioned he had called her "The Wicked Witch of the West".
I thought "now we're on the way to a story." He said he had told her she never would make it through law school. Her best friend, her ex-husband and her ex-boyfriend said the same. I suggested that we depict then in the scene as "OZ" characters and have her as the witch circling overhead and throwing lightning bolts at them. She loved it.
These are just some of the over 5000 stories I've told over the last 30 years of making Mechanical Amusements. They are a mixture of images, both old and new, which display the variety of stories which can be told with the wooden sculptures I make.
I look for the humor in one's story. The sort of thing that brings out the joy in your story. If you have an interesting story I can give your version ( I will tell the story your way, never mind what others say). If you don't have a really good story on hand I'll help you find your story or be happy to make one up for you. "Enhancing" the story is my favorite part. Let's talk.
IMAGES OF PREVIOUS STORIES TOLD BY MECHANICAL AMUSEMENTS
Take a look at some of the over 5000 different stories I've produced