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What Is Steampunk?

What Is Steampunk?
For me, Steampunk can be somewhat narrowed down to the basics you'd gather on the general wikis. My desires for participation and contribution though are governed by my own interpretation and personal guidelines when it comes to creation practices. I've had decades of involvement in other "maker" genres and this one will be no different for me, I'm sure I'll surprise some and piss off others- it's the way of things and you just roll with it. My hope is contribution I can be satisfied with and really isn't subject to approval by really, anyone other than myself. I've always been a teacher (leatherwork, sculpture, primitive living arts, and metalwork to name a few) so recognizing the varying levels of knowledge and skill in others isn't foreign, but sometimes in relating concept, execution and offers of criticism can sometimes be seen as harsh. The underlying drive in this is first...
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Under The Knife: Steampunk, Flora, And Doorstops

Under The Knife: Steampunk, Flora, And Doorstops
As much as I've enjoyed sculpture over the years, I find myself revisiting something that at one time, made me cringe.   Ok, I lied, it still does, but let me explain. Florals.   Florals.   Victorian Florals. You know, that stuff that's all over Victorian Era "Finery"?          It wasn't until I started doing wrought iron and collected various examples that I began to allow myself to like, well, floral work. It started with vines, ivy, which, are still manly, right?   Of course over the years I managed to avoid doing them in leatherwork. I managed for (Demon Spawn Sellout Name from Hell incoming) Tandy and The Leather Factory as a career, taught leatherwork and was quite good at it, according to critics.   Then in recent years, the steampunk thing. Slowly, the little sachet scented creepers started working themselves into things I actually found...
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