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Vintage Tomorrows - At Powell's Books Monday March 25th

Hey Portland! Don't miss futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott at they explore steampunk, a cultural movement that's captivated thousands of artists, designers, makers, hackers, and writers throughout the world. The even is at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing ​on Monday, March 25th @ 7:00PM. Hey! I really like the model they got for the cover photo!

From Amazon.com:

What would today’s technology look like with Victorian-era design and materials? That’s the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and driven by gears. In this book, futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott explore steampunk, a cultural movement that’s captivated thousands of artists, designers, makers, hackers, and writers throughout the world.

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Making Joints in Telescoping Brass Tubing: Slip fit Press-fit Detent-fit.

Many makers have found uses for the telescoping brass tubing from K & S Engineering. This tubing is available in sizes from 1/16" up to 21/32" (modeltool.com is one retail source), and one of the useful features of this material is that each adjacent size telescopes neatly into the next. I use the tubing to make small organ pipes and tuned bicycle horns, generally working with the thin-wall (.014") variety, and I have developed a few techniques to adjust the fit between adjacent sizes, making airtight slip-fits and press-fits of adjustable tension, and also snap-together fits. These techniques all involve stretching or compressing the brass, and they don't involve the use of gaskets or adhesives. Whatever the tubing is to be used for, these techniques might give a maker some useful ideas for future projects.

Len is a longtime friend of The Steampunk Workshop, fellow Wimshurst maker, and the creator of The Majectic Bellophone, among many of accomplishments. - Jake

Ayleen the Peacemaker at Roger Williams University: “Re-Racing Steampunk: Race, Memory & Retrofuturism”

Longtime friend of SPWS speaks at Roger Williams University on race and steampunk:  Re-Racing Steampunk: Race, Memory & Retrofuturism.

Steampunk Couture Hot on the Runway (and We're Not Talking Airships)

Here at The Steampunk Workshop we are in the process of re-vamping our site to focus more on feature articles rather than short blog posts. In addition We're seeking writers to help us cover topics that we're interested in but know little about. Below is the first of those articles from Cicatrix13!  -- Jake

Cicatrix13 is freelance writer and blogger.  She specializes in bringing an edgy perspective to political, Steampunk, and Dark Poetry pieces.  Her work has been published on websites such as HiveTimes.org.uk and The Steampunk Workshop.

Prada, Versace, Calvin Klein, these are iconic names in the industry of high fashion. They call to mind the recent fashion week grandeur in New York on the heels of Milan's fashion week earlier this year.  The fashion world is bustling with reviews and critiques of the lines exhibited by all the giants in the fashion world.  Purchasers are gearing up to stock their stores, such as Nordstrom’s and Saks with the latest styles that have their consumers abuzz.  On every runway worldwide, designers are showcasing the ever-increasing popularity of once obscure Steampunk Couture.

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Beautifully made Neeman Tools video

One day, I'll give up this life of technology and live as a simple country woman; hewing my home from the forests around me. I'll produce artisan works and take absolute care in every detail; letting time slide by as I build each piece to perfection. 

Then I'll make videos like this to inspire the next round of dreamers. 

Guest Post: The Ferris Hybrid

I'm excited to tell you that we have a guest author today!  Brandon Boyer is an engineering student at Ferris State University who is involved with the school's team build a diesel/electric hybrid car to compete in the Formula Hybrid International Competition in New Hampshire in April and May. - Jake

By Brandon Boyer

In 1901, Queen Victoria of The United Kingdom passed away. The same year Ferdinand Porsche developed the first ever hybrid vehicle, the Löhner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid. Today the spirit of Victorian ingenuity and know-how lives on. In Chilly Big Rapids Michigan, a small group of international engineering students are working towards their common goal, competing in the SAE International Hybrid Competition in New Hampshire later this year.

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Mini Dremel Table Saw for Cutting Solar Cells

Mini table Saw for cutting Solar Cells

I've been making solar powered lanterns to hang in the tress on our property. I just love the idea of capturing light during the day with solar cells and batteries and then releasing it at night to create a fairy tale ambiance. Unfortunaeately most of the commercial solar powered lights are weak and short lived.

It turns out that you can buy broken 3" x 6" (actually more like 80mm x 150mm) solar cells for about $30 for 100. These can then be cut into quarters to yield the right size cells for small 9 and 18 volt panels (the voltages you need for charging 6 and 12 volt batteries, respectively. These cells are paper thin silicon and the easiest way I found to cut them was with a diamond wheel on a Dremel tool.

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Steampunk Stratocaster #2

steampunk strat #2 I just finished up Steampunk Stratocaster #2 and will be sending it out to be in a gallery show in Indianapolis Indiana in February!

Circle City Aerodrome Steampunk Art Show: 'Punked:Yesterday's Tomorrows  

On Friday the 1st, the night before the Masquerade we will be hosting a reception in honor of the artists selected for our jurried art show.

Show runs February 1 - 24, 2013
New Day Meadery in Fountain Square, Indianapolis, IN
*Opening Reception Party: February 1st, 6-9pm
 
CCA is pleased to announce our selected & Invited Artists: Beth Zyglowicz, Carrie Meyer, Ellie Akers, Jake Von Slatt, John Claeys, Josh Johnson, Kim Andert, Lydia Burris, Mab Graves, Paula Scott-Frantz, Tempest, Terry Clarkson & Sons.

Please note: though I have a piece in this show, I will not be attending myself

Click through for a bigger image.

 

Writing for The Steampunk Workshop

UPDATE Nov. 2013 - SPWS is no longer seeking new writers, thank you for your interest!  - Jake.
 
Steampunk Workshop is looking for articles and writers. We are looking to move away from a short-form blog format and wish to publish more substantive articles relevant to steampunk and maker culture.
 
We going to start out offering $50 per article (1000-2000 words) and will happily negotiate more if you have a juicy subject. We have budget for 1-2 articles per month and may buy a month or two ahead. Yeah, we’re a small outfit.
 
If you would like to write for us please read these guidelines
 
Articles:

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