If the whale whetted your appetite, here is a more complex wooden automaton that you can see take shape before your eyes. Pay attention to how the pieces are seated to hold each other in without nails or glue. It’s fascinating.
P.S. I received another lovely smile you might enjoy. It’s a review of Shafter from a Steamship Chronicles fan who reluctantly crossed over into science fiction to try mine. https://blakeandwight.com/2020/03/13/pennys-book-reviews-shafter-by-margaret-mcgaffey-fisk/