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How to keep you tenement tidy in 1911 !!

Started this discussion. Last reply by CoastConFan May 27, 2013. 1 Reply

I found this article and some of the things described keenly illustrate just how much the quality of life has generally improved in this country.Tips for keeping your tenement tidy (in 1911)…Continue

Steampunk Horror, perhaps?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite May 26, 2013. 5 Replies

Within any age there exists the potential for diaphanous and joy begotten glories of wonders as well as Stygian nightmares of unutterable agonies an terrors.Within the realm of Steampunk I find…Continue

The look of authenticity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steampun K. Macintyre May 1, 2013. 14 Replies

This is going to sound a bit odd. I do not like for my steampunk clothes and gear looking so new and...inexperienced, shall we say.I am looking for wear, scuff, stain. dust, scorch, and sun fading. I…Continue

After a terribly long absence..

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite Apr 18, 2013. 8 Replies

.. I am back in action.I had a change of employment venues and this new one has been MOST demanding.I am proud to say that I am now the director of a Non-Profit Organization wherein the main thrust…Continue

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"For me.. No not at all. BUT, as my darkly darling wife says; I have a dark bone in my soul. I loved movies such as " The book of Eli', " the Road", "Dead Birds", "Dark City " and such. I prefer my stories grim…"
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Hearty greetings and warm felicitations to one and all!
I am known to most as the Right Reverend Jasper Gladstone Hammer, Archimandrite.
I have been into steampun all my live and just didnt know that out loud. Having been the 'odd kid' in the family, I had added every kind of doodad and geegaw that you could imagine not only to my clothes but my car and my room and sometimes I just put stuff together just because I could. Once, I made something that my neighbor, a police officer, politely asked me if it was dangerous. I had a fog machine inside it that appearred to make smoke and a counter weight vibrator inside. It also had a small fish aquarium pump that circulated a vile looking orange fluid tthrough tubes.
I grinned at him and said:
" I dunno, after I get over behind the wall, hit that red button!"
He did not share my sense of humor let us say...
When I found out about SP, it was a natural fit and I have been here ever since!
I am a tinkerer, cobbler, mechanic, Majician, clothing maker, history buff, and daydreamer.
Welcome to my world, our world!

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A curious day

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 11:07pm 5 Comments

My Dear Friends and Fellow Citizens of the Empire,

I have to relate a unique and somewhat unsettling result with my parambulation in public this weekend. I was sporting about a local artsy venue in American Steampunk style when a precious little girl simply froze in place in front of me.

I love children and their open sense of innocence and wonder. I smiled at her and she remained staring at me.

Realizing that in this world that my appearance might be a bit of a shock to…


Where is the wonder?

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 10:34pm 2 Comments

Where is our wonderful? Where is our miracle? I keep waiting on the incredible moment, that elusive and fleeting definition of our generation like generations before us.

I heard my great grandmother describe to me with awe when she saw her first airplane and moving picture show. She told me of how her father was amazed when he saw and took…


More News on the Garment Frontier!

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 8:30am 0 Comments

*(From over the hill comes the beating clank and hiss of Rev.Hammers Immense Steam Driven Portable Cathedral and Patent Medicine Side Show. The air brakes apply with a grunt and it shudders to a stop. From somewhere in the back of the machine a pipe organ suddenly blares to life as the 2 story tall oak front doors creak open. A heavy velvet curtain is revealed. There comes a burst of acrid smoke…


What are we becoming?

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 4:47am 2 Comments

Greetings to all of my dear friends and soon friends to be!

Something has come to my notice and I find it worth mentioning.

Steampunk is not what it used to be. Now I know this statement may land in some of your laps as being as obvious as a warthog.

And, true, it is quite obvious. However, it seems that there…

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At 7:41pm on June 6, 2013, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

My requirement of votive cups in multiples of 12 is based upon my receipt of a pair of short brass Church candelabra, Each holds 12 candles in a diagonally canted heart-shaped array.

Mr. Bear suspects they are Marian in origin as I have found an outrageously priced similar piece online, shaped so that the votives form a glowing letter 'M"


At 7:37pm on June 6, 2013, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

The potential explosions would be the result of flaws in the glass. Pyrex is sterner stuff.

Mr Bear purchased 12 votive cups in an amethyst shade and another 12 in a green with yellowish tones. It is not the deep forest green one associates with church glass. Originally I had hoped to purchase red votives as well, but the colour of the inferior glass was disappointing. That purchase must indeed wait for vintage glass to make itself available

At 6:03am on June 6, 2013, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

I am somewhat dismayed that the smaller Pyrex votive candle cups are no longer made. Replacements offered for sale at the Ecclesiastical Shop are a much cheaper glass, one is cautioned there about their provlivity to explode should the votive candle burn down too low. The salesman recommended that the aluminium shielded tea-lights be used instead of the unwrapped paraffin votives.

Mr Bear needed to purchased 24 votive candle cups last year and is now treading on eggshells with the fragile modern glass. I continue to look for the older ones at swap meets, flea markets etc, but swear that someone somewhere is hoarding them all.

At 5:53am on June 6, 2013, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

I bought my copy at the same establishment. I would not have known of its existence had it not randomly appeared before me on their shelf.

Mr Bear has quite an array of Sanctuary Lamps in his home. The Dollar Tree sells glass encased votive candles that work perfectly inside the antiques. At my local Ecclesiastical Supply house they sell a just slightly larger version, encased in PLASTIC!, FOR $5+ each. Were they made of beeswax or even a beeswax blend I could understand a higher price, put they are merely paraffin. The economical lay version work perfectly well.

The same diswashing liquid detergent that costs $2.79 at my local supermarket is across the street at Dollar Tree  for $1, and Mr Bear should not mention the chocolate striped shortbread cookies, nor the small pouches of Bit o' Honey, Mary Janes and Werthers Original Caramels.

At 5:02am on June 5, 2013, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

I did also enjoy Matthew Flaming's 'The Kingdom of Ohio'. It is one of the better novels I've read in the past year.

At 7:12am on May 27, 2013, Casavius said…

Not regularyly. Only sometimes as a special event. As far as I know are in North Corea still steam-trains operating. When I was in India in 1974 I had the pleasure to travel with exactly the same machines as on your photo. They where called "superfast express" & made more then a hundred kilometers per hour. Coming back from Sri Lanka by train (at that time still possible) I took a first class compartement that still was from victorian times. Believe it or not, the interieur must have been the modell for the crew cabin in Disney's 20000 leages under the sea. Size, wash basin, bed, all the same. Only that I also had an attached bathroom with coloufull tiles & a handle-bar to flush the toilet that looked like the brakes of an oldtimer. Sic gloriam transit mundi!

At 9:28am on May 26, 2013, Casavius said…

Dear Reverend,

I do not think there is reason to feel melancholy about being maybe not so skillfull in fine arts, when you have the talent to put your thoughts in words & you obviously do. I don't (especially in english), which is probably the reason why I do paintings & sculptures. What makes me melancholic are the artists that, unlike me, don't need all that efford to express themselfs, but we have to live with what we got.


At 7:45pm on January 25, 2012, Arewe' Thereyet. said…

Thank you so much kind sir for your gracious attention to my photos.  I do not contribute much to the world of steam, but I like to think my photos honor those who are the subjects and create ties to those who are the observers.  Again, thank you.

At 7:21pm on November 16, 2011, Katelyn Patterson said…

Thank you, Reverend. I accept that last with seemingly graceful humility in all manner. Thank you.

At 9:55pm on November 15, 2011, Katelyn Patterson said…
Oh, my dear Rev. Hammer.

Forgive an old hen who stumbles over words of appreciation. I thank YOU for setting your personal image. I find you to be a breed that should be treasured a kept cherished.

Ruffling my hen's fluffies and coddling babushkas-

Miss Patterson

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