A Bowl My Dad Made from Spalted Maple

Posted By on December 25, 2014

A bowl my Dad made from a limb of the tree that held my childhood treehouse.

Warehouse 13 1/8

Posted By on December 23, 2014

It all started with a bad snowstorm when the two metal sheds in our backyard collapsed under the snow load. I contacted our insurance agent and we were indeed covered. However there was an issue with getting quotes for the sheds’ replacement. We bought these two metal sheds from Home Depot, they were about three or […]

Miskatonic Monday – Cthulhu amulets for that special cultist in your life

Posted By on December 22, 2014

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

Need a little stocking stuffer for the special cultist in your life? Cryptocurium is now selling hand finished Cthulhu Amulets and they are beautiful.

The amulets are available in two finishes: The crude and voodoo inspired “Swamp Cultist” and the sinister, green metallic “High Priest” version. Both come ready to wear or hang on a jute twine (Swamp Cultist) or brown suede (High Priest) cord. Hand cast in solid resin, they measure about 4” x 4.5” so you can make a real statement at this year’s holiday party.

Pick them up today at: http://www.cryptocurium.com/cthulhu-amulets/

Microphone Stand Camera Adapter

Posted By on December 20, 2014

This is a superquick 3-D printing project. I found in the past that when I film videos in the workshop I am very often tripping over the tripod and the camera never seems to be in a convenient position to get the shot. I realized that I had a microphone stand that was very much like […]

Space Life is Complicated!

Posted By on December 20, 2014

Ace Rango banner

Close your eyes and enter a new dimension of sound.

Let it permeate your mind, seed your imagination and conjure up scenes of a strange new world.

You’ll blast off to a retro-future with Captain “Ace” Rango of Star Corps to confront a reptilian invasion force with its sites set on Earth. The long voyage through space is not without complications, and Ace finds himself wondering, would he rather be locked in battle with snarling space lizards, or a temperamental, little girl?

This enhanced audiobook is delivered via podcast, created by author Jose E. Cepeda with the sound stylings of the Coffee Contrails audio crew.

The Coffee Contrails podcast (a grant recipient from the Arts Council Santa Cruz County) features original noir and sci-fi audio adventures with a growing library of emerging artists from a variety of mediums. They pair self-publishing authors with audio talent, providing recording wizardry and internet know-how to share a new breed of stories with the world.

Captain “Ace” Rango is now available for free on iTunes.

Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coffee-contrails/id672547706?mt=2 for our latest audio adventure!

Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years

Posted By on December 18, 2014

Available today at Amazon

Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years

General Editor: Stefan with Tome Wilson and Antoni Cadafalch

Dieselpunk book cover“Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years” is the first book covering the best artists and fashion designers of the movement. Presented in a stunning illustrated volume edited by the world-renowned dieselpunk artist, Stefan. Includes an extensive introduction, a fascinating section on the aesthetic sources of dieselpunk, a detailed fashion section, and a long-form interview with Dieselpunks creator, Tome Wilson.

This was the era of Detroit, jazz, big band and swing; of aluminium and of glamorous transatlantic travel; of Hollywood stars, prohibition, radio, skyscrapers, outrageously glamorous cars and of serious talk of going to the moon.

More than anything this was the American era, when US power was unchallenged, industrially, militarily and culturally, and when the future too was all-American. It is perhaps nostalgia for the latter that is accounting for Dieselpunk’s growing attraction. The contemporary Dieselpunk artists within this book have created some astoundingly memorable images. For graphic designers, this book is a gold-mine. For anyone into classic US interwar style or sci-fi enthusiasts, it is almost irresistible.

Hardback [260 mm (h) x 212 mm (w)]
176 pages, including 200+ color illustrations and a foil-embossed cover by Stefan.
Purchase today at Amazon

Organizing All Of The Things

Posted By on December 17, 2014

I have limited space in my shop and am constantly trying to condense the volume of space that my materials and supplies take up while still allowing me to find what I am looking for without digging through bin after bin. One of the best solutions I’ve found to this problem are large, shallow drawers. […]

Converting Welch Allyn Otoscope & Opthalmoscope to “C” Batteries

Posted By on December 15, 2014

Like many small New England towns we don’t have curbside pickup for our trash, instead we bundle everything up and take it to the town dump on Saturdays. This would seem like an inconvenience but, also like many small New England towns, our town dump includes a “Swap Shop.” The Swap Shop is simply a […]

Open call for dieselpunk and steampunk art submissions for the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

Posted By on December 15, 2014

The AACA Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, is seeking dieselpunk and steampunk artists for an upcoming exhibition.

The show will spotlight artwork having to do with dieselpunk and steampunk automobiles. It will run from October 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016 (dates subject to change) at the AACA Museum gallery in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in submitting your steampunk/dieselpunk art to the exhibition, please download and return the submission form by January 2, 2015.

Submission form: http://bit.ly/1AcJAVz

Please direct all inquiries to: aacamuseumexhibits@gmail.com

Please keep in mind, the AACA Museum is open to the public. All submissions should be suitable for both children and adults.

Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
161 Museum Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

The art of David Uhl

Posted By on December 11, 2014

David Uhl was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 20, 1961.

Early on David began creating amazing drawings and, by high school’s end, had decided to pursue a career in art. He applied for, and won, the only full-ride scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art offered to a high school senior in the U.S He was dissatisfied with the design programs the school offered, yet he excelled at the life drawing and illustration classes. Leaving school after one year, he focused his talents on commercial illustration, eventually forming David Uhl Illustration, an award-winning firm servicing many prominent clients such as FedEx, IBM, Coca-Cola and Time magazine.

Acquiring a motorcycle in 1988 and riding to Sturgis South Dakota, David saw first hand the culture of cycling enthusiasts. He entered the world of Harley-Davidson® apparel (t-shirt designs) with great success. Yet, after a time, David felt there was something missing, artistically.

In the beginning of 1996, after 20 years of producing drawings for commercial clients, David entered the world of oil painting. This radically changed everything. Developing his own unique style, he focused his attention around the turn of the century.

In 1998 David conceived of a brand new, yet timeless avenue for Harley-Davidson art; museum quality oil paintings. Harley-Davidson, exhibiting nearly a century of history at the time, was the perfect match. David researched motorcycle imagery from the 1930s and ’40s. This led to his first work; A Change in the Weather.

He flew to Milwaukee to present the painting to Harley-Davidson executives. Over a hundred paintings later David feels he is still in the infancy of his painting career. David’s artwork is displayed throughout the world, and sought by serious art collectors and celebrities alike. Charles Osgood, of CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, referred to David as “The Norman Rockwell of Harley-Davidson artists.”

View more of David’s paintings in the Dieselpunks gallery at: http://www.dieselpunks.org/photo/albums/the-art-of-david-uhl

Who Ya Gonna Call? 2014 Hallowe’en Decorations

Posted By on December 8, 2014

This year our theme for Hallowe’en was Ghostbusters! The inspiration was my wife’s as she looked at the 1973 VW Type III Squareback that is sittng in our driweaway. Her name (the car, not my wife) is Adelaide and I am fixing her up for a friend. She will be for sale in the spring […]

Miskatonic Monday – Musical Recordings From the Realm of the Dead

Posted By on December 8, 2014

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

Today’s tale of the otherworldly comes from the enigmatic Troy Morgan. In his short film, Musical Recordings From the Realm of the Dead, four separate individuals at the dawn of wireless technology become accidental collaborators in a musical composition that is pieced together through radio waves.

While not necessarily Lovecraftian, it has the right time-period, mood, and spooky strangeness to fit right into the world HP created. Plus, it involves Nikola Tesla and real history. Who doesn’t love that?

Written, Directed, Animated and Music by Troy Morgan
Costumes by Melissa Piekaar