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The Builders Challenge for February 2010 was Steampunk! Anything musical, instruments, amps, mics or whatever... A Poll taken 3/15/10 picked Naz Nomad's build as a favorite of the 21 entries. Continue to post your Steampunk creations!

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From Wikipedia

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely.
Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

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Discussion Forum

Steampunk Taxidermy by Lisa Black

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Iner Souster Apr 8, 2010. 4 Replies

Steampunk Taxidermy By Lisa BlackNew Zealand artist Lisa Black  modifies broken taxidermy animals with mechanical…Continue

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Steampunk Radio Show on NPR

Started by Ted Crocker Mar 28, 2010. 0 Replies

Read the story and listen to the radio program here.Thanks to Right On John for the heads up.Continue

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Enter Steampunk Challenge Here

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Tony the shed guy Mar 27, 2010. 22 Replies

Entrants can post their pics and videos for the February Steampunk Challenge here.  Entries can be submitted until midnight Sunday, March 15.Good Luck!!Continue

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Started by Tony the shed guy Feb 27, 2010. 0 Replies

Tark is old friend of mine, I first built him in 1984 and this is an old picture. He has been updated. He has about 80 functions and is very handy if you have to move house because he has everything…Continue

Steampunk Magazines

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Jason May Jan 23, 2010. 4 Replies

An actual downloadable and printable magazine.  The current issue is 104 pages.  I've only gotten thru a few pages but it's a great read.  Steampunk…Continue

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Comment by Elmar Zeilhofer on January 31, 2010 at 7:00pm
looking forward to build and to see all the creations, cheers
Comment by Penny Nelson on January 26, 2010 at 6:03am
Love, Love, Love Steam Punk and am going to build a Steam Punk CBG in the future but its not going to be ready (havent finished sourcing cogs or even learnt to solder yet). Can't wait to see what people come up with.
Comment by Fergus Morris on January 25, 2010 at 5:25pm
Nice picture, Daleks are most definitely steam punk.

Comment by Jason May on January 25, 2010 at 9:01am
This is the only piece I have finished that would be considered steampunk.
Fester Diddley

Comment by Iner Souster on January 24, 2010 at 10:31am
I am so into this
Comment by Bob Harrison on January 23, 2010 at 9:20pm
Ted, thanks for the invitation. The Steampunk site is one of my favorites. My entry will be my steampunkish internal combustion pickup winder. What is the last day for the contest?
Comment by colin mcgrath on January 23, 2010 at 12:25pm
Ted I am working on mental blueprints for a gear and belt driven hurdy gurdy piano inside a metal poker chip case. Wild you suggested that. I am thinking more than 2 strings vibrated.?
Comment by DeDa Badaddy (AndyE) on January 23, 2010 at 12:23pm
Steampumk is an aesthetic endeavor based on fiction. The goal for most steampunk artists is to create a convincing looking artifact. It doesn't have to work, it just needs to look like it works. Its not as easy as you may think. You can just slap on gratuitous parts, but you wont have a very successful piece.
Comment by Ted Crocker on January 23, 2010 at 12:15pm
First, the deadline is February 28, '10 (2010)

Starfish, as cool as it would be to make a functional, working mechanism it seems what passes for steampunk these days is decorative. I'd love to design a working steam contraption myself, maybe a wind instrument like a bagpipe, flute or even a harmonica air supply. I wonder if one of us can rig a piston to turn a hurdy gurdy...

I guess anything that artistically represents Steampunk is acceptable, but it would certainly be great to see some real Rube Goldberg inventions. Mine will be a combination of the 2, leaning more towards function.
Comment by Starfish, darling on January 23, 2010 at 11:54am
Here's a question: Does the instrument need to be functional with regard to the steampunk aesthetic? What I mean is, does the instrument need to make its' sound using say, clockwork gears, hand cranks and the like (I wish I could incorporate real steam!), or does it just have to look 'steampunk'-y? Anyone can slap copper tubing and watch parts onto an existing instrument and call it Steampunk. What are the specific qualifying parameters to make an instrument Steampunk?

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