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The Guild of Retro-Futuristic Artisans

The Guild of Retro-Futuristic Artisans is an interdisciplinary ad-free discussion group that brings together all makers, whether professional or amateur, providing mutual support in all endeavors.

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Jan 27, 2015

Discussion Forum

Generating energy by walking

Started by Dr. Vincent Alloicious. Last reply by Dr. Vincent Alloicious Aug 23, 2011. 7 Replies

Fellow makers,I am currently trying to design a mechanical style of footwear that would rely on springs and possibly pistons to generate energy with each step that one takes. This energy would be…Continue

Cold Steam????

Started by Prof. Phelonious Voxx. Last reply by Dr. Vincent Alloicious Aug 11, 2011. 3 Replies

When water is sprayed, it cools. The reason behind this is the water is broken into many smaller droplets; resulting in much greater total surface area with which to dissipate the heat.    When water…Continue

Krakens and "The Kraken Wakes."

Started by Dr. Nautilus. Last reply by Captain Jason Redbeard Jun 18, 2011. 1 Reply

I shall attempt to divert the kraken discussion here to a topic, instead of the outer sanctum of the group.  Particularly to recommend an account by Mr. John Wyndham called…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 30, 2014 at 5:28pm

            Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #19:

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Comment by Professor Gustave Morbeus on December 14, 2013 at 6:36am

Hello fellow makers it is a pleasure to among such artisans.

I hope to be able to offer a modest contribution to the Guild.

Best regards to all.

Gustave Morbeus

Professor of Patametaphysics

Comment by Laced And Waisted on June 26, 2013 at 1:03pm

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself and let you know I'm having a 20% off sale for Steampunk Empire members (code: SE20; expires 7/1). I make unique lace masks and decorative tattoos that safely adhere to skin and can be reused over and over again. They're perfect for a steampunk costume or masquerade ball and have been used in magazines as well as America's Next Top Model's Steampunk photo shoot. My site is Thanks :)

Comment by theegartisanworks on July 1, 2011 at 6:52am

So, I am realizing that the Guild's other branch (on Facebook) has the benefit of being able to post pictures of works in progress that are being commented on or discussed.  Being new the empire, I was wondering if there was some way to accomplish this here?

Comment by Dr. Nautilus on June 23, 2011 at 10:16am
I would recommend Esty if you have a fair number to sell.  That is one place I look for odds and ends.
Comment by Prof. Phelonious Voxx on June 23, 2011 at 8:53am
I have come across a collection of brass,copper,silver and silver on copper odds and ends.all are in wonderful shape and have beautiful patina on them.i was wondering if any one knows of a trading site or swap meet site that i could employ to recycle these items and find items for my projects
Comment by SgtM. Maxwell Rodden on June 20, 2011 at 1:39pm

I almost forgot to re-post here! The Guild has been asked to host seven Live Guild Sessions at The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition!  Most of the organization for it has gone on through the Guild's Facebook page, but here is the write-up & panelists so far:


The Live Guild Sessions at TGNESE have been decided upon by the event organizers: 3D Art/Decor, 2D Arts, Accessory Fabrications, Hardware Guns, Dartarm Mods, Accessory Mods, and Jewelry...


These panels will be like the final third of the usual Mod/Makers panels, being completely Q&A, like a forum, driven by what the audience wants to know.


The panel will be made up of four to five members of... the Guild of Retro-Futuristic Artisans.


The Moderator will open each panel with an introduction / quick explanation and a plug for the Guild. Each Panelist will be allotted a few moments to introduce themselves and to make their plugs right off the bat.


Here is where the pre-planning comes into play. Ideally, the audience will have been informed prior to the Con that they can bring in their incomplete projects to present to the panel for advice. To start things off, though, the Moderator will do the first presentation or will direct one of the panelists to present an item, depending on what is arranged beforehand. The panelists give their thoughts and advice, and can just have a back & forth discussion. A Thee-Gartisan Works Gremlin will be in the first row keeping track of time. This way, the audience can see how things are going to go & dispel any nerves. The Moderator will then solicit audience presentations, depending on how many show up, they will be given 5-10 minutes each. A back-up plan will include more than one panelist having a half-finished project to discuss with their peers.


This will continue to the end of allotted time, where the Moderator will plug the other Guild panels.


Thank you for your time and I hope y'all are interested!


CONFIRMED Panelists for the Live Guild Sessions at TGNESE in Fitchburg September 16-18 


3D Steampunk Art & Décor

Joey Marsocci, Dr. Grymm Laboratories

Bruce Rosenbaum, SteamPuffin & ModVic

Justinian Stanislaus, Red Fork Empire




2D Steampunk Arts

Michelle Roberts Burman, Queen of Sanctuary

Geoff Houghton, Steam Folk

Jessica Lilley, The Lady of Graves

Ray Peeples, Peeples Photography


Moderator: Ashley Rogers, The Wandering Legion of The Thomas Tew


Accessory Fabrication

Ryan Grimm, Toy Soldier

Bill McInnich, The Professor

Dorothy Winterman, Hattitude




Accessory Modification

Ryan Grimm, Toy Soldier

Bill McInnich, The Professor

Steampun K. McIntyre

Bruce Rosenbaum, SteamPuffin & ModVic




Hardware Arms

Ryan Grimm, Toy Soldier

Bill McInnich, The Professor

Diana Pho, The Wandering Legion of The Thomas Tew

Isaiah Max Plovnik, MHS Hysteria

G.W. Smith, Thee-Gartisan Works & Airship Cloudbreaker




Dartarm Modification

Bill McInnich, The Professor

Steampun K. McIntyre

G.W. Smith, Thee-Gartisan Works & Airship Cloudbreaker




Steampunk Jewelry

Tammy Anderson, Thee-Gartisan Works

Tamara Barker, BarkerBell

Dina Flockhart, Cloak & Dagger Creations

Mark Eliot Schwabe, SteamSmith


Moderator: Sean Courchesne, Airship Cloudbreaker

Comment by Captain Jason Redbeard on June 17, 2011 at 2:52pm


Greetings fellows of the guild:

Life here has been rather tumultuous with the sounding by one of the scouts of a "rising" off the North Trench. All scouts have been pulled from the area and access to the zone monitored by The Lightning Crew. The last rate of ascent was measured at 2000 drimines/ps but then there was a sudden hesitation in the movement, which is a rather new anamoly. We are awaiting further activity. The Lightning Crew continually monitors "the trench" for signs of activity.

 In the meantime all citizens have moved to higher ground and the fishing fleet is being winched up the hillsides as well. Most vessels have been secured at this time. A recent effect which has been noted is a vibration of the land itself at a resonant frequency of 2cps which is constantly prevalent and is causing some commotion among the local creatures, in particular the high order mandrils, who are going crazy and have become a danger to the citizens.

We appreciate all your suggestions including the emergence whirlpool of Tobias Landgrave a model of which Jeremy, one of our young technicians is exploring at the moment.

Of course we appreciate the observations and suggestions made by the inimital Dr. Nautilus and Prof. Phelonious Voxx and others but it will take time to explore all of these possibilities.

We definitely appreciate the communications channel made available by SgtM. Maxwell Rodden which has enabled us to access the resources of you eminent scientists. I hope to get back to you with an appraisal of our current "situation" soon but it may be that this could be our last communication, if indeed, the Kraken erupts and destroys our facility and indeed the very island itself.

We are fortunate in having Professor Mobeous of the Fermion Lab as a fellow research associate at the present time who is assisting in the present emergency. His work with the northern Kraken is well known and his advice is of inestimable value. 

I remain, humbly yours: Captain Jason Redbeard, Royal Gronican Navy - retired

Vale Wanderer!.





Comment by Prof. Phelonious Voxx on June 16, 2011 at 2:08am

Greetings Dr. Nautilus Pompilius Cholmondeley, Sargeant-Major Rodden ,

Captain Redbeard and Professor Tobias Landgrave

 Gentlemen I have a wonderful idea but need your input. Is it possible to compress steam so much the friction caused by the vibration of the atoms is high enough to maintain the reaction temperature and thus store it without the need to introduce outside energy i.e. a boiler and fuel. It would in fact be a steam battery???   

Comment by Prof. Phelonious Voxx on June 16, 2011 at 1:23am

Greetings Dr. Nautilus Pompilius Cholmondeley, Sargeant-Major Rodden ,

Captain Redbeard and Professor Tobias Landgrave


My name is  Professor Phelonious Voxx I am delighted  to find this  conclave of brilliant and enlightened minds. Some of you have already assisted me in times of need and i look forward to conversing with you all.

In regards to  The Kraken Conundrum. At my small coastal test area i use tidal action generators that use the natural ocean wave action of the planet to generate electricity. That power is then transmitted via Tesla technology wirelessly to a group of electromagnetic field generators and lo voltage high amperage underwater transmitters.  The E.M field produced confuses the natural navigation instincts of  all marine animals whom  much like birds use the planets natural field to find there way. Alter that field enough and they are all but blind.  The lo voltage high amperage transmitters produce a field that  causes pain that intensifies the further in to the field one travels . The field directs the animals away from the area you wish to protect. This field can also be tuned to directly affect the nervous system of said animals to the point of total shutdown.

   The system powers its self is completely wireless and can be totally non lethal. I have had terrific results  using  it in my small {5km} hole in the ocean , but a larger version could be just the thing you need.


Professor. Phelonious Augustus Voxx


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