Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Auntie" takes an interest...

At the end of last month, the BBC News Website's Technology section produced a very nice article and video about Steampunk, although modesty forbids me to mention what made it so superlative:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Finally completed in time for the ASYLUM Steam Convivial:

in it's black velvet lined case

maker's label in lid

assembled on display stand

ammunition boxes

ready for use

don't forget to adjust the h20/h2so4 mix!

More information on the construction of this device may be found here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Electro Iconograph

When one feels the need to record a moment for posterity, one needs a device that can render the fleeting eternal- thusly, I present the Electro Iconograph:

Oh, all right: it's a case for a compact digital camera:

Just so I can take pictures at Steampunk events without leaving character; all the functions of the camera are still available for use, but with a much more Steam-friendly interface!
More details here .

Monday, July 13, 2009

Steampunk Exhibition

Well, the cat has exited the bag, so it's now officially announceable:

So, if you wish to see my Space Helmet in the flesh, as well as the work of several other very clever and talented people (and me), and you're in Oxford betwixt October and February of next year, do pop along!

A constantly updated blog is available here:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Celestial Sphere

Once one has a Space Helmet to gad about on the surface of a distant world, how does one actually get there?

Why, by steam-powered CELESTIAL SPHERE, of course!

The ship on it's launch platform

Bird's-eye view

The view you would get as you approach the Ship

The cargo door and crane

Launch platform and shunter

This project took place over several months, and a detailed account of it's construction may be found here:

Per Ardua, Ad Astra!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

An Outing


My good Lady and I in the beautiful environs of Painshill Park.

I'm on the left.

Monday, April 27, 2009


It's all been a bit busy in the Castle D'arrogance recently, trying to finish a couple of my own projects and a small commission: a modified gauntlet for a Zeppelin crew member:


It has been tinted with a brass finish, and has an altitude gauge, with a bright, variably flashing warning lamp.


My own projects are a slug-throwing steam powered pistol, here in it's constituant parts:


And all together in it's primer coat:


I'll give it it's own write up when it's completely finished.

And my my second project is a Steampunk Sonic Screwdriver, variously called a 'Sonic Steamdriver', 'Steamdriver', or 'Ætheric Screwdriver':


It, of course, has the requisite lights and sound (liberated from a 'toy' Sonic), and switches from red to blue:

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'Overload' warning lamp on the back:


And with it's 'descendants':

(you can 'click' on the above photos to see them in a larger size, I'm getting the hang of this now...)

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Ladies and Gentle men, presenting my latest invention, the THUNDERBUSS, a Gentleman's Sonic Hunting Rifle:

Note the Intensity and Range dial:
The range settings do, indeed, go from 'QUIET' to 'PARDON?'

The twin accumulator valves, which glow with power:

The business end:

A detailed account of this device's construction may be viewed here: