I am fascinated by automata and it's something I would dearly like to explore one day. Meanwhile, here's one of the quirkiest and funniest makers I've found to date. Click on the image below and see it move!
Sadly, you don't get a real sense of how wonderful these are without some movement. Static photographs do them no favours.
Voted Toymaker of theYear in 2007 by the British Toymakers Guild, you can see more of Peter's work on his website.