Currently viable crafts


Automaton making


The making of moving mechanical sculptures and toys (see also toy making and puppet making).


Status Currently viable(see ‘Other information’)
Craft category Toys and automata
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main income)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required






Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known

There is a list of makers on the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre website.


Other information

According to the British Toymakers Guild, automata making is thriving and is of ‘least concern’.