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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lachlan (General instagator ) Jan 4, 2011. 13 Replies

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At 9:40pm on October 1, 2014, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

Happiest Wishes

on your Birthday

Mr. Van der Graffe


At 7:35am on June 7, 2012, Jim Marriner said…

Thanks for the welcome. Still really trying to get my feet under me and understand what is what and such. I really dont understand much but I want to.

At 8:17pm on October 24, 2011, Erin Watson said…
Thank you very much!
At 10:24am on October 4, 2011, Sofi Honoria Blackburn said…

It's okay!  This was a guest cast member that came for the weekend.  Here I am -


At 1:38am on October 1, 2011, Samuel Keystone Sprocket said…
sending birthday greetings with many happy returns of the day,
Happy Birthday!
* Sam Sprocket
At 7:41pm on September 20, 2011, Sofi Honoria Blackburn said…
Thank you for the add, and I am from the near east side actually - close to downtown.  Nice to meet you!
At 5:06pm on May 25, 2011, R. M. R. Cogwynder said…
Thank you for the add!
At 7:30am on March 13, 2011, Clayton Willoughby said…
Just dropping by to thank you for joining me here. Have a wonderful week ahead. Sincerely, Clayton
At 3:22am on January 30, 2011, Samuel Keystone Sprocket said…

Greetings, Thanks for the add my friend.  Perhaps sometime our paths shall cross considering we both are from the same home state.


* Sam Sprocket

At 12:44pm on October 1, 2010, Aloysius Fox said…
Happy Birthday old chap!

It was absolutely super to meet you for a second time whilst at the Old West Festival; I look forward to our next steampunk encounter.


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Boots 2.0

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 3:39pm 3 Comments

For some reason I always wanted to make my own boots.

sometimes you can get a little carried away with whole DIY thing .

earlier this year I finally finished my first real attempt.

I proudly wore them all weekend at Marcon over the memorial day weekend.

doing so led me to one inescapable conclusion:

they sucked.

the fit was horrible .like wearing two paper bags wrapped around my feet.

still I could not let all… Continue

'steamy" valentines day

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:28am 2 Comments


just thought I would wish all the folks here a happy valentines day

and share a picture of what I made my wife for the occasion.

leather roses with a little steam flair.

the stems and leaves are brass with a few plumbing fittings

thrown in (extra steam points!).

This is the first time I have attempted this (flowers),

I thought she might appreciate something I made just for her .…


How "I" do it : custom pouches dirt cheap.

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 3:41pm 0 Comments

How I make dirt cheap custom pouches.

There are some folks here that I fooled into believing that I

may actually know what I'm doing when it comes to leather working.

I was asked to help someone make holsters for a couple pieces of equipment.

problem was being a complete beginner, they needed a project that a beginner could do

(inexpensive doesn't hurt either )and still look good.

this is how my uncle did it ,I added a… Continue

tips and techniques : weathered paint - abrasion method

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 2:57pm 6 Comments

I must admit I was in a real rut before steampunk came along.

steam, you have been my muse.

I've made more stuff in the last six months than I have in the last five years!

this is a small token of my appreciation I thought i would share how I made some of my projects.

I am obviously not the final authority on such things as there are people much better at this than me.

you mileage may (WILL) vary.

I am fond of saying "I'm no expert, just… Continue

new speed record for steam!

Posted on October 4, 2009 at 10:03pm 1 Comment

I am surprised this record took so long to challenge , seems it would have been a sitting duck.

a hundred and three years!? oy!

something I thought was interesting: this car made the run from a STANDING START.

most land speed attempts I've seen utilize some sort of pusher vehicle .

that turbine sounds sweet!

still no brass… Continue



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