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Eric 'Merlin" Hanson
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  • Westminster, MD
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"The proper motorcycle for the discerning Steampunker: Yes, they are producing 1910 Harleys here in the USA :)"
Aug 22, 2013
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"Off to see ancient steam engines run, play amongst flywheels and explore a vast vintage fleamarket at this tomorrow:"
Aug 14, 2013
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"Thanks :)  I am finally getting back to this one as my restoration shop is settling in and we are catching up with the backlog (we restore vintage Jeeps and VWs I need to rebuild the carb, work on the throttle…"
Aug 2, 2013
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"Nice job Sir, got a project going like this as well....let me know if you need any help from the UK.."
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"So I have a couple large rescued steam engines for sale... use them as decoration or restore them. See them here:"
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"It sort of stalled where you see it because my restoration shop was suddenly (and still is) overwhelmed by customer projects."
Apr 29, 2013
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"How did it turn out ? "
Apr 29, 2013
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"Posted promo video new Nat Geo show "Family Guns" I arranged for filming on the WW1 site in PA. My restoration shop built them a WW2 Jeep."
Aug 9, 2012
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Under Your Own Steam

A documentrary by Jessica Mayne, with Ian MacGregor and the Canadian Museum of Making.
Jul 22, 2012

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Discovered Steampunk existed years back when someone walked up to me and asked,"are you steampunk?" Then I had to go look it up. I guess I am, I work with ancient machines that have belts, pulleys, cranks and flywheels. I tend to invent odd things that catch fire or throw sparks, and I run a vintage electric system and Edison phone system on a reenactment site. :)

see for adventures, vehicles, and restorations I do.

Where do you get this stuff???

Some hints and tips:

-Steamshows and gas engine shows!!!

Most Steam and Gas engine shows in rural areas feature large flea markets. These are not the "Mom's crap from the 1970's" fleamarkets. This is where you will find everything from vintage display cases for your gadgets, to antique furniture, to guages, to that vintage tool or widget that will add an extra detail and authenticity to your kitchen or workshop. Plus, the deals are great at these shows. (and the people are really nice too:)

Some deals I have found at these shows: general store counter display case 10.00, antique pulleys for shaft driven equipment 5.00 apiece, 1850's drill press with giant flywheels 75.00 etc. etc.

-Want to play with some real steam? Pick up an antique toy steam engine off of ebay. Worn and battered ones go for cheap, still work, and look great on a shelf. I have one that is electric and safe to run in the house, another that requires alchohol tablets and melted a hole in my driveway.

-Many big cities have architectural salvage places. Chicago has Salvage One, Baltiumore has Second Chance and Housewerks. These places have all sorts of Victorian details that can spruce up everything from a house to a studio apartment. Last great deal, Secondchance in Baltmore had sections of Baltimore and Ohio RR victorian Iron fence, 20 feet for 500.00

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At 9:21am on October 18, 2016, Captain said…
At 11:07am on November 14, 2011, Jolly Roger said…

Thank you my good man *tiphat*;) 

At 9:11am on October 18, 2011, Jolly Roger said…
Happy day sir, on this the anniversary of your birth;)
At 10:10pm on May 19, 2010, Doctor Galactic said…
Likewise Merlin...... tis pleased I am to be here.
At 4:25pm on May 16, 2010, Dr. M.T. Watertight said…
I started working on "D" sliders when I first went to sea as a boy. The Fire Room bilge pumps were just about the size of you little traction engine there... There is nothing greater than a good steam engine, they are a living thing, and a joy forever...;-)
At 10:34pm on May 15, 2010, The Grand Empress Kelsey said…
Why thank you, m'dear : )
At 10:59am on May 13, 2010, Lady Cassandra Hollingsworth said…
Nice to meet you! May I add you as a friend?
At 7:35pm on May 10, 2010, Lord Hastings R. Bobbins said…
NO I don't...I issue them! :) LOL

Thanks for the offer. I would like one very much.
I am using Prussian officers in our film for TeslaCon. They will have a slightly different look- but very recognizable. Stay in touch.

Lord Bobbins
At 9:16am on May 3, 2010, Verity Minerva Grey said…
Welcome to the Steampunk Tea Culture group, Mr. Hanson. I look forward to sharing tea with you.
At 4:20pm on April 27, 2010, Dean Alan said…
Welcome and thank you very much for your photos and videos!

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