Check out this video short of a whiskey drinking automaton pig in the works!

Mr. Pig Automaton

What started as a pig automaton taking a sip of bourbon, this fun self-powered build quickly grew to becoming a coat and bowtie attired pig with much more, including moving head, ears, mouth, eyebrows, both arms, left wrist, both legs, and even his curly tail. 

He also will feature an appreciative whistle after taking a swig of his favorite beverage! His hand, or foot, rather, is adjustable and can hold a fifth of liquor, a smaller flask, bottle of beer or even root beer. 

  The multiple cam and lever system is completely created from scrap metal parts just as the rest of the sculpture, and is driven by a salvaged Chevrolet engine timing gear set, also he features  gear reduction of a 1940's era hand crank bench grinder, and the heart is a conveyor belt motor. The combination has an output of over 140 foot-pounds of torque, which is more than a small car engine!  That's plenty of pig power to motivate all his movements!

  As a finishing touch to the upcoming upgraded tophat, bow tie, and and fine jacket, he will boast real platinum in his clearcoat finish, truly a high class hog!

   Stay tuned for updates and upcoming exhibitions!

Working on his clothes and finishing the control wiring! His jacket, shirt, and vest are made from 1951 Ford truck fender pieces.  So far, here's what moves: bowtie, hat, eyebrows, ears, mouth, head, left wrist, left arm, right arm, both legs, and he whistles!


Antique Razorback shovel makes a great start for the head of the pig!


This whiskey-loving boss hog is going to take a sip of his whiskey, which raises his eyebrows, hat, ears, and legs, followed by his appreciative whistle. 

   He'll be seated on a charred oak barrel made into a whiskey cabinet with cask holders built into the door and interior led lighting that comes on when the door is opened.  

   The entire piece will be powered by a rechargeable battery to allow placement almost anywhere.  With the motor load, I expect to get at least 100 to 150 cycles before a recharge is needed, or it can be left plugged into any household receptacle to never need to recharge.  

  Old transmission gearing and antique parts will be going into the drive mechanism, and he will also move his other leg after sipping his whiskey.  Stay tuned for updates!


The surprised look!

Getting a pig's foot to hold different size bottles was a lot of thought, but in the end, it only took two pieces of scrap pipe, a screw and bolt, strategically placed.  Now he is able to "grasp" most whiskey, rum, soda bottles.  The other front foot is going on this week and will be holding a cane to go with his upcoming bowtie, and he will also move that leg.  


Starting the right arm mechanics! I decided to add the movement to the other arm, having the piece tap his cane a couple times after taking a swig!



Old metal furniture legs becoming pig's feet!


One piece of salvaged fence post welded to two metal furniture leg ends, then a little MIG welding technique with .035 wire creates a nice textured pig foot. 


Next stage:  welding up the pieces for the jacket arm, and shirt cuffs!


Using automobile engine parts, transmission gears, and a salvaged stainless steel 6 inch parking lot post section to build a cam drive for all the movements.

Using old wrenches for levers works great as they are drop forged and very strong


Notice the top inner gear reduction tool.  It's round and gray in color, in the inside of the upper body.   It's a 1940's cast iron hand crank style bench grinder.  I have the automaton frame with main cam mechanism case installed, timing gear set and chain drives mounted to slightly reduce speed of the movements a little further, and multiply the torque available to move the heavier parts, such as the arm with a bottle in it. .

The lower part of the bottom legs are old car ball joints and their movements will be driven by linkages that are actuated by the cam system as well.