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Flight of the Calliope

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Some more serialized Steampunk fiction for you over at Flight of the Calliope! A low moan rose up out of the depth of the Pandora’s hull, drowning out the cheers of her crew as they watched the enemy airship fall from the sky.  Bewildered, they turned in circles, looking

Etching Brass – Mailbag

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 Craig writes: In  July ’07 I bought a 1960 Lone Star El Dorado boat which needed total restore. I found the yahoogroups Lonestar restorers club which has been so helpful. A year after hauling the boat home, it hit the water. As the boat nears it’s 50th anniversary, I

JvS on Make:Talk – Podcast now available

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Hi Everyone! I had the distinct pleasure of joining Mark Frauenfelder and Gareth Branwyn of Make: Magazine for the first ever Make:Talk live on Friday at 12 noon PST! We talked about Make: #17 – The Lost Knowledge Issue: MAKE Volume 17 goes really old school with the Lost

Steam and Fabbing! Jay Leno’s Garage

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Make: Magazine – Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine

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Look what I found in my mailbox today! Sometime during Maker Faire last year Gareth Branwyn mentioned to me that he would be editing a "Lost Knowledge" issue of Make: Magazine and that I should consider writing an article. Of course, I immediately replied: "Dude! count me in!" UPDATE: Plans

Instruments for Natural Philosophy

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Long before I got into Steampunk, in fact long before that name had been coined, I had a love for scientific instruments. I would rescue the catalogues of instruments and demonstrations from the dumpster behind our school at the end of each year when the science teachers would discard

McKeen Motor Car

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Oh my god isn’t she gorgeous! This is the McKeen Motor Car and she’s a pretty misfit and I love misfits more than just about anything else in this world.  She was originally gasoline powered but now sports a Caterpillar diesel engine. In fact, I do believe it is

Orrery (kit?) from Japan

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I am not quite sure what is going on here, but as near as I can tell this is an offer for a beautiful brass orrery kit. An orrery is a mechanical simulacrum of the Solar System with clockwork designed such that the planets of the orrery move in

Music – The Clockwork Quartet

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Edward writes: Dear Mr. von Slatt, Allow me to introduce myself; My name is Edward Saperia, and I run The Clockwork Quartet. You blogged about us a couple of months ago when a photo of the Steamdrone was leaked onto the net. A little background around the band; despite

The Flaming Lotus Girls on Make:TV

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Maker Profile – Fire Sculpture on MAKE: television from make magazine on Vimeo. This week’s Make:TV Maker Profile is on The Flaming Lotus Girls, a San Francisco based woman-centric industrial arts group that creates the most amazing sculptures with steel and fire!  Membership is open and it’s a place