the workshop
Where Bots Are Made

The workshop is where the bots are made. Here all the parts get collected, torn apart, and reassembled into Lee Bots. See the process that turns all the different parts into a bot ready to go home with a new family.

Making a Bot

All the bots get their start from Nancy’s workshop in Rock Island, Illinois.  This three-car garage space was once empty… Now, It’s full of parts and pieces waiting to get upcycled into works of art. The main workshop area is where the bots come to life.

Each of the averagely sized bots are put together in a similar fashion: The different parts get holes drilled through them. Eyes are bolted to heads. A structural wire is threaded and twisted through all the parts, connecting them together and allowing the bot to stand up. A secondary wire is finally wrapped around the structural wire to add more color and creativity.



Slide through the pictures below to see how the grid process works.

The Grid

With all these parts hanging around the workshop, the grid system was developed to make work easier. Most of the bots are made in groups using the grid. All of the parts get taken out of their boxes and laid out on the grid where they await assembly. The unused parts are then put back into their boxes for another day. This system seems to keep the workshop clean and Nancy focused on only the current parts in front of her, resulting in fewer distractions. Numbers are sometimes drawn to help pick out which bot will be worked on next. Fans on Instagram and Facebook can help Nancy pick the numbers when starting a new group, making it fun to see which bot will come from the chosen number.


Click on a video below to see some of the fun in the workshop.

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Continue the bots’ origin by clicking on the next section below.