The Handcar Regatta

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I am sorely tempted to build an entry for Dr. Erasmus P. Kitty’s Great Hand-Car Regatta. There’s not much info, but it looks like some great things are already being built. I love the idea of human powered vehicles to put to use some of the vast swaths of

Clockworks: The art of Liam McNamara

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Liam Mcnamara built The Clockworks for the Burning Man festival waaay back in 2005. A 3 story tall all wooden, working, click-tocking time-keepin’ clocktower, and then burned it to the ground at the end of the week. Yes, even the clockwork gears were CNC routed out of wood.  It

Dump Finds: Rayo Lamp, Typewriter

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As of late last year we were banned from pulling items for our town dump’s metal and wood recycling bins.  The stated reason was ‘public safety’ but it was fairly clear from the expressions on the faces of a few of our town’s selectmen during the discussion that the

The Ordinator: Slighty Baffling but Beautiful Sculpture

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I’m not entirely sure what I am looking at here, but the ‘Ordinator‘ by Flickr user Imajilon is a pretty sexy bit of workmanship. It’s like some weird steampunk/psychedilic milkshake. I want to pull the levers and run my hands over the grill; expecting electrical shocks and vision quests. 

Books: The Onion Girl – Charles de Lint

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  Charles de Lint has written sixty-seven books to date, he is nothing if not prolific.  Ranging from collections of short-stories to full novels, almost all of them have helped to pioneer a growing area of fiction known as ‘urban fantasy.’  Like any genre, it’s a bit difficult to

A Tale of Two Sundays

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The past two Sundays were very different Sundays. A few weeks ago Sharon Steel of the Boston Phoenix came out to The Workshop to interview me.  The interview went really well, Sharon was thoughtful and really interested in my particular take on Steampunk and the broader Steampunk community.  We

Book: The Affected Provincial’s Companion – Volume One

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  I was introduced to Lord Breaulove Whimsy and The Affected Provincial’s Companion by my friend, Chronographia von Strangehours.  Chronographia, I am pleased to say, has agreed to write an upcoming book review for your enjoyment so you shall be making her acquaintance in greater detail shortly. Quite frankly

Boston Phoenix Video

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I completely forgot that The Boston Phoenix shot video when they came out to the workshop to interview me! They've just put it up on their site and I've embedded it here: If you haven't read the whole piece you should! It contains a LOT more then just me,

Books: Titus Groan, the first book in the Gormenghast series

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  Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls. They sprawled over the sloping earth,

The Heather Gold Show

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On Saturday May 3, Cap’n Robert of Abney Park, Libby Bulloff of SteamPunk Magazine and I will be on  The Heather Gold Show which will be streamed live from the main stage at Maker Faire.  From Heather’s site: How can you be authentic to yourself and part of a