When Steam and Punk Meet

Steampunk is hot in the East Bay.

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A look at the front of the Golden Mean snail car.
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Kinetic Steam Works rolls out all the toys for a fundraiser celebrating their new non-profit status. Here Hortense, a 1920 Case traction engine sits next to Wihelmina, a paddle wheel steamer.
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Steam surrounds a small horizontal mill engine.
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Will Francis checks the gauges after adding water to the small horizontal mill engine. Francis said, "It's always a little dance of where your water is and where your fire is."
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Pappy, a 1917 15 ton steam tractor, sounds its whistle and let's off some steam.
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The Golden Mean mutant snail car sits in a corner of the yard. To find out more about the vehicle, check here: http://www.formandreform.com/wordpress/?page_id=388
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Roots of Motive Power from Willits, CA brought down their 1924 Buffalo Springfield 7-ton Steam Roller.
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Troy James was showing visitors the ins and outs of the 85 year old steam roller.
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Roots of Motive Power is also a non-profit steam (and logging) group and you can find more information about them here: http://www.rootsofmotivepower.com/default.html
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The party on Saturday, November 14, 2009 introduced the "Gory Pumpkin Guillotine" a fun way of using up left over pumpkins from Halloween.
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Nathaniel Taylor (red hat) was the Guillotine barker and operator for the event.
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Nathan Levine, 8 years old with back to camera, told me that the protocol for the guillotine was to pick a pumpkin, give it a name and crime, and let the crowd decide if the pumpkin was innocent or guilty.
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I don't think any pumpkins got away with an innocent verdict all day. Levine told me his pumpkin was named Bobby and his crime was "running over the most precious albino squirrel in the world." Looks like Bobby met his maker.
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A look at the front of the Golden Mean snail car.
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The Electrobite car is a custom made trilobite body on top of an electric wheelchair base. This was made by the same folks who did the snail car and more info can be found here: http://www.fireishot.com/
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Three-year-old Dexter Kerns has fun climbing around the Electrobite.
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The Golden Mean can shoot fire out of each of its tentacles.
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Three-year-old Dexter Kerns has fun pulling on the reigns making the fire shoot out.
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14-month-old Emory Ely joins Kerns in the drivers seat and as each of them pull on the reigns, fire lights their faces.
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The paddle wheel spins on Wilhelmina.
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Here's a look at the front of the Scripps "No. 4," stern paddle wheel steamer.
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K.S.W. crew member Dick Vennerbeck (left) shows off the steam powered sewing machine.
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Turning steam into seam.
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Outside a cool fire pit kept people warm.
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When you took a rake across the sand, flames would jump up, like an adrenalin fueled zen garden.
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The yard at Kinetic Steam Works was filled with cool things to look at and interact with.
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The Wrecker sits idle.
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K.S.W. overlord Zachary Rukstela mans Pappy.
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"Pappy," the mighty 15-ton steam tractor, was connected to...
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...the bone-crushing "Dingus" which spun...
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...the thunderous Timber Fan. To see more about this fan, and to see some of these machine in the daylight, look up "aok fan" on this site, or check here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird/Steam-Dorks-Fan-Oakland.html
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Dick Vennerbeck with the "Steam Wizard Margarita Machine" that uses steam power to blend tasty margaritas.
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Inside the K.S.W. shop/clubhouse.
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Ken Gilliland lets go of the valve that turns the throttle down on the engine to keep too much steam from coming out.
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Sean Orlando wheels some fuel through the yard.
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The engine that started it all, Hortense.
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I think this is a water pump... I just like the cool paint job.
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Shovelman played some tunes towards the end of the night with a crazy cool shovel guitar. To find out more, check here: http://www.shovelman.com/
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Hortense topside
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(Left to right) Andy Hausen, Sunny Harker, and Rachael Riggin stand in the steam.
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Sign out front to catch the attention of those traveling down Mandela Parkway in Oakland, CA.
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Not sure if it was the sign, the steam or the flames that caught the attention of the Oakland Fire Department.
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The firefighters seemed to have a great time taking a break in-between calls.
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Pappy sounds the whistle.
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For the detail oriented.
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Looking down on the Steam roller and a double-decker bus that was being used as a kitchen to prepare food for the hungry masses.
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There were a lot of families at the event on Saturday. Here K.S.W. neighbors Mike Reynolds, 4-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, and Carly Reynolds check out what's going on.
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Charlotte was enjoying herself, and her disguise.
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Her mom told me that this outfit was from Halloween when Charlotte wanted to wear a "Dark Pink Princess Ghost Costume." Pretty cute!
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Jo Slota (left) names his pumpkin "Delfina" and gives it the crime of Hubris.
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A look at Delfina's face.
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Delfina sits below the blade as Nathaniel Taylor watches and waits.
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The blade falls to the delight of the crowd. There aren't many people who don't love a good guillotine.
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A lot of crimes were committed on Saturday, and the carnage was strewn all over the ground by nighttime.
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One last shot of my favorite art car still in operation, The Golden Mean lets off a poof of fire.
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Obligatory spinning gears shot from the bone-crushing "Dingus."
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