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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Where It All Started: Time

Where It All Started: Time
This is the piece that started it all, over 30 years ago. Bronze and w alrus ivory casket from Gandersheim ( Anglo-Saxon origin, late 700's )   I don't know what it was about researching this piece that got me all fired up, but after awhile I found myself travelling back in time to an early workshop, selecting tools by firelight- images dancing on the walls and even the smell of fresh bread to compliment a bowl of stew sitting near my lap for hours. A bite here, carve a little there.   Time.   It doesn't really matter when you are in your element.   Heres a small excerpt from the book I had been reading at the time:   "Gandersheim Casket. This elegant house-shaped small casket is one of the finest pieces of Middle Saxon carving to have survived. It dates to the late eighth century, and was...
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Awesomium Alloys

Awesomium Alloys
Never a novice to armor, despite my gladiator instincts telling me to steer to the left I can’t help but get tingly (aether buildup, a leak?) when I look at some of this stuff. In looking at the current offerings out there over the last 2 years, the void in design is about to be filled. More on that later. I mean, comon… Who wouldn’t? I spent years in and out of your typical medieval armors. A person who relies on this for survival eventually finds themselves refining design and in my case, slowly scaling “down” or using “less”. This in my opinion is logical- proven by field test, the best answers being the other guy on the ground. But there leaves a question of when the function doesn’t matter as much as the esthetic. I’ve had Valkyries, Tavern Wenches, Shadowspawn, and even un-named visits to my lodge at one...
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