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the CAN!CAN!CAN! Sandwich on IndieGOGO!

So there's this thing. It's called the Grilled Cheese Invitational, and it's pretty much what it sounds like. Their motto is 'Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory!' and they're holding the last one ever this year. I'm competing and it's going to be great. This is about fun. It's about being weird and loving it. It is about the future of what grilled cheese will be, post-apocolypse, when all we have is canned foodstuffs. 

My sandwich is called the CAN!CAN!CAN! and it features canned butter, canned cheese and canned bread. It's going to be a ton of fun. To help fund my way in this endeavor I have an Indiegogo campaign that has some awesome rewards based on the graphic I've created to represent my dazzling creation. You should check it out. Watch the video, because it's seriously one of the funniest things I've done in a while. 

I'll be wearing a can-can outfit while grilling s'whiches. Because surely those will survive the apocolypse.

Check out my indieGoGo can-pain! 

 

iPhone Dock and Autodesk 123D Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new vehicle, a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The car came with a Satellite Navigation radio with THX certified sound. It sounded fantastic but there was no auxiliary input! Remembering this story I saw on Hackaday a little while ago, I decide to tap into the CD changer audio-in.

Here are some details plus a video tutorial on designing a part for 3D printing with the free Autodesk 123D Design software.

DIY Vibratory Tumbler

When I built the Girl Genius Radio Theater Microphone I had some brass plates water-jet cut and I bought a vibratory tumbler to polish them. The tumbler came from Eastwood and while it did a very nice job on the parts for the microphone, it failed shortly thereafter. When I took it apart I found that the bearings in the motor were shot, they had been destroyed by the vibration.

So I built a sturdier, more powerful tumbler myself. 

The Art of Distortion: Tradition & Reaction in Folk & Punk

A fiddler tunes. A woman on upright bass stretches her hands. The banjoist adjusts his strap while the mandolinist takes a drink. In this moment before a song, the possibilities of sound are only as limited as the experience and the vision of the artists onstage. From the lineup of instruments, you might expect a traditional bluegrass tune from such a group, but why not arrangements of Bach or a Rush cover or a surreal ballad in the style of David Bowie?

An instrument can really play any type music you make it play. It’s true!

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Photo: Lou D'Aprile of Louography

The Majestic Bellowphone - Hungarian Dance #5

My friend Len Solomon writes: "Here's a clip of the Hungarian Dance #5, performed on the Majestic Bellowphone. The piece was originally scored for 4-hand bellowphone, but I come to find out that I'm the only one who plays this contraption, so I used my version; adapted for 2 hands and a foot."

SPWS Youtube Channel

Hi folks! I'm going to be making a concerted effort to post more videos of my projects. I'll continue with the step-by-step photos and write-ups but I'm going to augment those with video overviews and to that end I've acquired a new video camera and set up a Youtube Channel.  Subscribe to The Steampunk Workshop Youtube Channel Now!

New(ish) Sewing Machine into an Old Table

Some time ago I found an antique White sewing machine at the dump. At first glance it looked to be in really good shape but upon closer inspection it was clear that it had sat in a damp environment for a long, long time. The hide glue on most of the wooded parts was no longer holding them together, the machine itself had rust inside and out, and the cast iron treadle frame was broken in two places. The machine sat in the corner of my office for a couple of years until I found a portable sewing machine from the 1970's that was almost unused and worked perfectly. That's when I decide to combine the two and make this a useful piece of furniture once again.

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VW Type 3 Replacement Carburetor Linkage

I'm working on an old Volkswagen Type 3 for a friend, she's sort of an automotive foster child. The car in question is a 1972 VW Squareback named Adelaide and she is in surprisingly good shape except for her motor. Fortunately I have in my warehouse a spare Type 3 engine that was given to me by my father-in-law several years ago that will fit Adelaide perfectly.

Unfortunately, some of the parts for her carburetors needed to be fabricated.

Seattle rock show! 10/13: Ghost Town Gospel, The Mongrel Jews, and Thee Hobo Gobelins

 

 

This weekend (Sunday, October 13th) in Seattle THREE count 'em THREE of SPWS's favorite bands are playing together! The Mongrel JewsGhost Town Gospel, and Thee Hobo Gobbelins are going to be rockin'  it up at Ballard's 2 Bit Saloon. I'll be there, jumping around and having a good time, and if you're in the area (or not! I flew here! In a plane!) you should come check out a great folk-punk-hobo-rock-hoedown. Info here. 

 

Altoids Tin Divider and Tweezers

One of my most popular projects has been the etched Altoids tins that I made for the Steampunk Bible article I wrote. For years I've carried one in my bag that I've used for various medications and vitamin pills when traveling. I had cut up one of those typical SMTWTFS pill boxes to make the dividers and while it worked well enough it was a royal pain to get the pills out with my no-so-slender fingers.

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