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Elysian Odyssey grounded on an island. Intriguing shapes half-glimpsed through the canopy have encouraged a stop to investigate. I shan't record position here just yet; Longitude and Latitude are already in the pilots' log.

Port and Starboard stations while we are here; there is no evidence of habitation, which does not mean there are no dangers here. The jungle is very thick and seems to wait....

Teresinia Ravenstone, Captain, Elyssian Odyssey.

Added by Teresinia Ravenstone on May 21, 2016 at 6:09am — No Comments


Elysian Odyssey under way, somewhere over the Pacific. Searching for....the unknown and interesting.

Sometimes the fantasic is better than the practical and common. Often, really.

Work on things like a holster commission, a 'tool caddy' for my explorers' kit, a sort of Ruhmkorff explorer could use one, belts, harnesses, pouches, etc.

I wish I could set up my forge here...I am a trained blacksmith. For the nonce, I must focus on making arrows for…


Added by Teresinia Ravenstone on May 20, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments


Renamed Elyssian Odyssey to 'Raven', although I am tempted to call her either 'Constable', 'Unkindness', or 'Conspiracy'. Ravenstone, Raven, and with crew, the various names for a group of ravens.

In a way, the ship is the rookery, the crew ravens, and myself Lady Raven...stone.

What can I say? It's Thursday. I need more sleep, or more tea. Both likely.

Also looking at building a Rhumkorff Lamp...or something that looks like one but runs on modern…


Added by Teresinia Ravenstone on May 19, 2016 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Of stage guns and boarding weapons

*eyes the old cut-down double barrel stage shotgun with the cut down stock* Hmmm. I could make something like this from PVC, wood, brass, and whatnot. These types of weapon were favorites of bartenders in the Old West, or said to be. More like a big, brutal, pistol in some ways. Something like it was used in the John Wayne movie 'El Dorado' as I recall. Shouldn't be too hard to make one for Steampunk use...built from scratch, modified...makes for a nice boarding gun, I should…


Added by Teresinia Ravenstone on May 18, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Blot on the Landscape? I think not!

Moutzouris or Blot, in translation, is the nickname given to the 60cm guage steam locomotive and its four carriages that climb Mount Pelion in Greece. The First part of the line was constructed between 1892 and 1896 then finally completed in1903 and used to serve the mountain villages between Ano Lachoria and Milies and enable trade between them and the port of Volos. The chief engineer of the project was Evaristo De Chirico, father to the well know painter and sculptor…


Added by Lady Naomi on May 17, 2016 at 3:54am — 4 Comments

Kilt and Corset

I have a 'unisex' kilt, adjustable at both waist and hip (straps and buckles). It has cargo pockets, D rings, etc. I could add a few things, pair it up with my khaki army air corps crusher hat (for which I am sorting out a custom badge), my boots, and of course my corset and wow, that works for an Airship Privateer.

I am half motivated to pen my own letters of marque. ;)

Added by Teresinia Ravenstone on May 16, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments


Wow. It has been some time since I posted anything here. Life and all that.

Now that all of my children are grown I am not tied down by school matters and whatnot. I have been focusing on my health, my love of the outdoors, and generally living.

I am not delving more deeply into Steampunk. I have a corset, at last, and I am adding some silk ribbons and small rings to one of my silk skirts so I can rutch it up in front if I choose. If not, it looks no different than it did,…


Added by Teresinia Ravenstone on May 15, 2016 at 4:51am — No Comments

Civil War Living History in Carnegie

Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe presented a lecture on the Union Balloon Corps at the Captain Thomas Espy post 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Actually, it was aeronaut…


Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on April 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Finally was able to tinker a bit more...

So, the wife let me out of the airship hanger just for a little while this past weekend and I was able to tinker a bit and create some new steampunk desk lamps.  I welcome you comments!

If you like this lamp, its currently available on our Etsy store!…


Added by Sr Winkles on April 18, 2016 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

I'm Enthralled

I am thrilled to have discovered the Steampunk Empire. I expect to meet a lot of interesting people.

Scott or Scotto or Hey You.

Added by Scott Shannon on April 16, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

Symposium Through the Looking Glass

This year's convention theme was Alice in Wonderland and while I made no effort to costume to that theme, many other did and walking in the door showed that quite positively. And standing in line at registration had several first time attendees put forth a marvelous effort. It was going to be a good, creative, con.

And registration? I stepped up and they handed me my badge. They knew me so I didn't have to say or do anything.

I had been looking for a specific hat…


Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on April 13, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Distractions carrying STARLING pocket watches

The bowler hat I wear to Dickens comes from Distractions, the wonderful Steampunk fashion store on the Haight in San Francisco. What a thrill it is to deliver their first order for my STARLING light-up vintage jewelry art pocket watches.

Added by Frank Cohen on April 6, 2016 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Confessions of an Amateur Philologist and Other Sins

Those that know me well know that I was taken at an early age by a love of languages inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien. I will never claim to be his equal in philology, but I do love playing around with words and invented languages. Of course such things need worlds to go with them or they are just dead phonemes lying around in large clumps, so I play with sub-creation of fictional worlds and civilizations as well. All of this means nothing in particular, except that I really do need a life. Who…


Added by Graf Falke von Falkenhorst on March 31, 2016 at 1:44am — 2 Comments

Steam punk thrifting

Here's a nice article I found with some tips on finding treasure at the thrift store -

Added by Bibliophelia on March 21, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

Should I? A Tutorial on Steampunk Backpacks.

Recently, I've put together a very steampunk modification cosplay. Of what? Well, you'd judge at first with these childhood heroes but me and a friend managed to pull it all off.

Anyways, I've written an article outlining a step-by-step guide on how to build a steampunk backpack, although I'm not sure if anyone here would particularly like to see it.I should probably elaborate on what I mean about this backpack: it's big, it's square, and you can actually use it to…


Added by Ricki Palmisano on February 25, 2016 at 4:53pm — 4 Comments

Wild West Steampunk Audiobook

Hey, guys! Looking for a new audiobook?

Bounty hunters, gunslingers, death rays, crooked Pinkertons, and irradiated spit. 

Check out the new Wild West steampunk adventure by Eleanor Prophet, narrated by Cynthia Hemminger. Now on Audible!…


Added by Eleanor Prophet on February 21, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Mysterious Reports of Time Travel


Added by Number Nine Design on February 14, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments

More Fun Words With Vi!

Foundry: A factory that produces metal castings. Metals are cast into shapes by melting them into a liquid, pouring the metal in a mold, and removing the mold material or casting after the metal has solidified as it cools.

The most common metals processed in foundries are aluminum and cast iron. 

Greave: A piece of armor that protects the shin of the leg

Diabolus in musica: translated: the devil in music. A melodic tritone.

Added by Vioara Lemnos on February 11, 2016 at 8:51pm — No Comments


Good day fellow steampunk enthusiasts and hello from the north. I am a retired teacher and college instructor currently enjoying steampunk modifications applied to tiny campers, outdoor cooking, traveling and camping, woodworking and rebuilding small vintage campers. My tastes in design for some of the trailer mods I have designed and built are anything but mainstream … but I love the opportunity to be creative and whimsical in the shop, blending a bit of gypsy…


Added by Scott aka Dr. Smooth on February 11, 2016 at 7:11am — 1 Comment

Fun Words with Vi

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. 

When I was still inhabiting the valley with my dear creator, the esteemed Dr. Aurel Dughler, I spent much of my time in his absence entertaining my mind by reading through his thermodynamics and robotics manuals, as well as books on music theory. It was quite the enjoyable pastime and so I thought I would share it. Forgive me if the subject bores. I have a limited understanding of what humans find "fun." Perhaps some of my fellow mechanicals…


Added by Vioara Lemnos on February 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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