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Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Thomas Willeford

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1. November 2011
Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald "Feathers" Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. Get steamed with these provocative projects: Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles Calibrated indicator gauges Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation Armoured pith helmet Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment Visit the companion website,, for videos, images, and more bonus content! Make Great Stuff! TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

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Thomas Willeford has degrees in physics, history, and art. His alter ego, Lord Archibald "Feathers" Featherstone, has displayed his work, which blurs the line between art and engineering, throughout the United States and Europe for years. Willeford's work (including the E-pod) was recently featured in the exhibit, "Device and Contraptions Extraordinaire" at the Ashmolean University of Oxford museum of the History of Science. He has made costume pieces for Abney Park, Beautiful Deadly Children, and GhostFire. Willeford has been called, "The most photographed person in the Steampunk community." He has been featured in Steampunk Bizarre, the BBC, MTV, the Steampunk World's Faire, Whitby Gothic Weekend, Glasgow Marker's Faire, Pirate magazine, and the Daily Mail.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely Informative and Instructional 2. November 2011
Von Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Veröffentlicht auf
Steampunk is a unique place where love of gadgets, art, and the nostalgia for the Victorian-era antiques meet. In recent years it has grown in popularity and today there are dedicated websites, publications and book that deal with Steampunk. Yet most lovers of Steampunk are still just the observers, not really creating any of these artifacts themselves. You might be one of those people, and if you have always thought that creating Steampunk would require talent and technical skills well outside of your comfort zone, then you should check out "Steampunk - Gears, Gadgets and Gizmos". It is an informative and instructional how-to book that will teach you how to create some relatively simple yet cool gadgets.

There are no formal technical requirements before you can start working on the projects in this book, but some familiarity with workshops and tools is highly recommended. A few projects are simple enough that you don't need the skills much above the ones you needed for your elementary school projects.

This book contains a total of eight different projects, and they vary in the level of difficulty. The instructions for each one of the projects are extremely detailed and clear. The instructions are accompanied with numerous photographs and illustrations, which help you with your workflow and elucidate some of the trickier points. You will still have to tinker and figure many details on your own, but

There are numerous tips and hints throughout the book, which range from the completely general ("metal is always preferable to plastic") to very specific ("Bending the wire slightly shorter than the height of the bezel will help tighten and secure the entire apparatus."). They are a useful practical insights that are distilled from the years of practice and they can significantly reduce your workload and help you avoid some common mistakes.

The book contains a list of the most useful tools, going from the most inexpensive common hand tools, all the way to some ridiculously extravagant tools such as 3D printer. You may start shopping for all the tools listed, or you can browse through the book and acquire tools as you need them for particular projects. There are also numerous tips and suggestions for finding the vintage artifacts and other materials that will enhance the look and feel of your projects.

This book is extremely well written and even if you don't have any desire to create any steampunk gear yourself, you will still be able to learn a lot more about the technical aspects of constructing Steampunk artifacts. This can further deepen your appreciation of this art form. Furthermore, Thomas Willeford can be very entertaining and amusing, which makes reading this book a really pleasurable experience. Willeford manages to capture a lot of zaniness that characterizes Steampunk in his writing style. I highly recommend this book to all fans of Steampunk, as well as hobbyists who want to explore new and different projects.

***** Review copy provided by the publisher. *****
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic projects that are very well explained 2. November 2011
Von Shala Kerrigan - Veröffentlicht auf
Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos ; A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts by Thomas Willeford has a stated intention of teaching you to make you own retro futuristic accessories.

This is the book you're looking for if you're ready to take that next step into steampunk. If jewelry collage assemblages made with watch parts and sewing miniature top hats isn't doing it for you and you want to go bigger.

The author starts by explaining a bit about steampunk, it's origins and what it is stylistically speaking, and also what it is not.

He explains the tools and skills you'll need and how to find some of the tools less expensively . He tells you what tools will be necessary and which tools are wonderful to have if you can find room and afford them.

Then he goes into wonderful amounts of detail about how to find the pieces you need for your projects through thrift stores and other second hand dealers and what you can buy new. How to look in hardware stores for inspiration and using things in new unexpected ways. To me, this isn't just about steampunk, but it's the heart of crafting and the D.I.Y. ethic, to see creatively how things can be re-purposed and recycled.

A very practical chapter on taking apart an old clock for parts comes next.

The projects! Starting with the one thing everyone needs, goggles and ending with a cyber arm that looks like it might have come off a cylon if the cylon was built in Victoria's England. They have imagination inspiring names like "Aetheric Ray Deflector Solid Brass Goggles" which can be just a little scary. Don't worry. While this book has "only" 8 projects, those projects are explained and photographed in exhausting detail. This is a primer to various methods of making things and using things. The information will be used in other projects you think of yourself.

Some power tools are helpful, as well as knowing how to use them. If you're not comfortable with serious tools, almost everything in the book can be done with hand held manual tools and small easy to use power tools like rotary tools and power drills.

What I like most about this book is how much it inspires my 20 year old son. He's been reading steampunk for a few years and getting more interested in making himself costumes and other things that follow that aesthetic.

I definitely recommend this book. It's well written and accessible with great projects.

My reviews are always my personal and honest opinion. I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes because of my interest in steampunk.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Marvelous 26. Oktober 2011
Von Gil Cnaan - Veröffentlicht auf
I have the pleasure of running several Steampunk events, and have had the further pleasure of getting to know Mr. Willeford, and he brings the same level of craftsmanship, humor, and excellence to his writing as he does to all of his other works. This book is highly recommended for anyone looking to make really amazing looking steampunk accessories for very cheap, as well as people just looking to expand their range of DIY skills.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intermediate to Advanced Maker's Guide to Steampunk Projects 4. November 2011
Von Sally - Veröffentlicht auf
ISBN 978-0-07-176236-6

The publisher sent this to me to review. I am a painfully honest and direct to the point reviewer, so without further ado...

The book is a nice large format. I am not a fan of paper backs however. The book is easily identifiable on a shelf of what it is all about. I LOVE the instructions in this book. Nice & step-by-step. It includes a list of materials needed for each project. It is very much a manual for creating. They've got everything from goggles, pith helmets, electronic media enclosures to mechanical arms. And more. The skill level ranges it seems from Intermediate to Advanced. I say this because most the projects need more than just a Dremel and hot glue. Those would be beginner level things. I like the number of photos they put in the book, however some of them seem a *tad* low-resolution for me. The paper in the book is between matte & gloss, let's say satin. It feels a little cheapy but when I thought about it, if you have a manual you wouldn't want high gloss because you couldn't read it. And you wouldn't want matte because you'd get dirty finger prints everywhere. So it is a good compromise.

All in all, I'd recommend this book to anyone who has a nice little shop going on. Or someone who hosts/goes to a build day where machinery is available. Mostly mechanical and weaponry type stuff in this, no real feminine type things (like hats, fascinators, corsets, clothing type things). I'm sure my boyfriend Captain La Grange will take a hold of this book and make something from it before I do. In fact, he opened the package when it came because he knew I was expecting it. I told him all the pros & cons I listed above and he generally agreed to all of it.

Anyway, good luck in creating if you get this book!

-Miss Sally Van Eycke, First Lieutenant & Ship Entertainment of the Airship Archon (Columbus, Ohio)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Impress Your Friends. Baffle Your Foes. 29. Oktober 2011
Von Steven Howell - Veröffentlicht auf
The gouts of steam and mysterious clanking and grinding noises that emanate from the infernal workshop of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald "Feathers" Featherstone at all hours must intrigue his neighbors. What goes on in the mad scientist's secret lair? Let's sneak a peek.
Willeford, whose background includes an education in physics, Victorian history, and art, sets down easy to follow instructions on how to build eight gorgeous objects any steampunk worth his brass will treasure. In these pages, the author lends his considerable expertise in a way that allows the reader to assemble these "beautiful and slightly dangerous things" without the need for years of experience in machining, metal and leather working, or an engineering degree. We get detailed designs, as well as advice on how to engage our own creativity to make unique and personal objets d'art. My personal favorite are the "Aetheric Ray Deflector Solid Brass Goggles." If you're the tinkering sort, you likely have some of the necessary parts for the goggles lying around the house right now. Obviously, results may vary depending on the skill of the reader, but this stuff is fun regardless of the outcome.
The author provides handy lists of materials and tools needed for each project while keeping in mind that, unlike Lord Featherstone, most of us have neither a mad scientist's workshop, nor an army of steam-powered mechanical men to assist us. There is a list of basic and inexpensive tools to get each job done, as well as a list of "alternative tools" for those who may have access to a better-equipped workshop.
There's a chapter on how and where to scavenge parts for your projects, another on salvaging gears from old clocks, and more on how and where to find the right tools.
There are no hard and fast rules for creating steampunk objects. It's an art, and these things can be functioning devices as well as Hollywood-quality props. Workmanship and quality are what set the real steampunk apart. Willeford steers us in the right direction with simple guidance such as using metal instead of plastic, screws instead of glue, and shows how it's all done with clear color photographs of each project. There's even a pretty good bibliography in the back for reading and viewing entitled "This Way Lies Madness."
This is a beautifully realized maker's guide as well as a thoughtful commentary on creativity from an accomplished artist.
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