Coming in time for Hallowe’en!

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  This is my cheap and easy version of the classic Phantasmechanics Flying Crank Ghost and it utilizes a carousel motor from a discarded microwave oven and some bits of scrap wood for the armature.

Steam Ballons and Steam Airships

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One of the stories in Steampunk Tales #2 involves zombies and steam airships.  Frankly, I found the steam airship highly implausible and chalked it up to the general obsession with steam and steam power that we steampunks seem to be infected with. However, it seems I am seriously mistaken!

Steampunk month at Tor Books!

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It’s Steampunk month at Tor Books!  See the Introduction to Steampunk Month here which includes a large index of what you can sxpect to see this month.   Of particular interest to this scrapyard sociologist are Steampunk as Subculture and No Elitism Please, We’re Steampunk both by Jaymee Goh.

Kerosene Acorn Burner Sconce Lamp

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I was having a hard time this morning getting started working in the shop.  I get one day a week to work in the shop and as a result I often end up with a list of things I want to get done that is about three times longer

Franklin’s Bells – Demonstration of Electrostatics with Wimshurst Machine

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Yankee Steam-Up !!

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After several years of trying I finally managed to get to the Yankee Steam Up at the New England Wireless and Steam Museum this past weekend. It was a great event with hundreds of steam hobbyists from all over New England showing up. I was even recognized by Rich

SteamCon Seattle – October 23-25, 2009

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  Well it’s October at last!  Here at the Workshop most of our projects will go on hold while we prepare for Hallowe’en, but I do plan to take a few days off to attend SteamCon in Seattle!  Tor books has a great interview with Steamcon Vice Chair Diana

Steampunk’d Broadcast Controller

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Tom Favell of Hi Tech Systems writes: Your website gave me the inspiration to make a steampunk version of one of our controllers for a recent trade show. I had never heard of steampunk and was going to make a 30’s style unit all Bakelite with large dials, when

Steampunk Tales #2

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I finally found a few minutes to sit down and take a look at Steampunk Tales and I was pleasantly surprised.  Steampunk Tales is an anthology of short fiction which is delivered to you digitally in multiple formats: Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s

How to Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine – Part 2

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   This is part two in a series of articles describing how to build a Wimshurst Influence Machine with parts and materials available at your local home center and hardware store.  In this part I detail how to make a tool to cut the acrylic disks and how to