Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
I enjoyed the event but it was very short, sadly and could have done with better promotion. Having said that, however, the city seemed comparatively deserted for a Saturday evening, so perhaps the small audience was a problem right across venues in town.
He has his two CDs with him so you can save yourself the postage if you can get along to his other dates.
His other dates are:
14 Dec, Sun, Edinburgh, Hobo at The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Rd
15 Dec, Mon, Sheffield, Grapes 80 Trippet Lane
16 Dec, Tues, Hull, Adelphi 89 DeGrey
Please support him if you can!
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
10 Dec, Wed, Inverness, Market Bar; 11 Dec, Thurs, Aberdeen, The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, AB10; 13 Dec, Sat, Glasgow, Twisted Wheel, 73 Queen Street Glasgow G1 3BZ; 14 Dec, Sun, Edinburgh, Hobo at The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Rd; 15 Dec, Mon, Sheffield, Grapes16 Dec, Tues, Hull, AdelphiLatest tour updates at: http://www.thomastruax.com
I couldnt get down to London for the White Night Halloween party but hear it was great. Having to make do with pix at flickr etc.
We are working on a small zeppelin made from dead umbrellas. Having done the sums we reckon it is big enough to carry its own weight and a small electric motor plus batteries, but we havent figured out how to keep the helium in it or indeed how to even get helium without buying a hideous kiddy balloon.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
There was however a nice steam traction engine trundling quietly about the place.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
This is within 50 feet of the City Chambers, in the back alley that goes behind the Housing Benefit office. There is the social work car pool and lots of these white ceramic bricks but also this amazing ancient petrol pump. I like to think of it as the last one, selling zero gallons, hence the setting on the counter at the top. It could actually be an object of beauty if cleaned up a little. I wonder if i could make them an offer they couldnt refuse?
I will be putting more pix on flickr.The entrance to the lane is surprisingly rural:
Monday, 29 September 2008
It now has a brass pull, huge wooden pulley and makes a pleasant tinkly sound from a small brass goat bell.
You can see the full details at Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk_mechanical_bellpull/
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
You can see all about what the building was like at http://indicatorloops.com/mayisland.htm The authorities claimed it was hazardous but I reckon it was built to be bombproof pretty near and showed no signs of deterioration. It just didnt fit their image of prettiness perhap.s
Monday, 22 September 2008
Is this cheating a little? This pic is actually my dad's house. The ship is one that he and I made together the year I was 15 and is from the age of transition from pure sail to steam, as it had an engine and propellor as well as the usual three masts square rigged. Having slogged through the slow process of making that, from a wooden kit, I then understood how such models worked and made a number of others from scratch over the years, including one from paper and card, on the same frame and plank principle, and another of the Mayflower from the original plans in Plymouth Library.
The cruder wee toy models on top of the cupboards represent two of the sorts of ships I sailed on when I was a merchant navy deck officer, and a traditional Cypriot bus, known to the squaddies there in the 1980s as a Bondu Bus.
Its just been the first dry weekend since May and sods law we had to spend the entire time indoors at the Green party conference. Lets hope for better weather over the holiday weekend.
I was chatting to a fascinating young woman today who makes the high-accuracy wooden 'Patterns' used for making the greensand moulds for casting iron. She does both artistic items and machinery parts but started out as a sculptor. Good to know that such essential skills have not totally died out. However she had not heard of steampunk, which surprised me given that she was arty/engineery and young. Amazing how many people have never heard of the culture, even though it is all over the place in films and so on.
Monday, 15 September 2008
I have made clothes, furnishings, and all sorts of fabric things on this for over 30 years and it seems indestructible, only needing oiled every 10 years or so to keep it purring happily through denim and leather as well as thinner stuff. I have tried to use a prewar electric machine but they changed the design of the threading and the bobbins at some point before that and I grew up with these and cannot somehow adapt myself to the newer ones. The old bobbins are bullet shaped but the modern ones are little cylinders. Techy in most other ways you would think I could make the jump wouldnt you?
I love the idea that with this and my windup gramophone I am all set for clothes and entertainment when the power all goes.
Considering that today the banks are falling like dominoes, who knows what is coming next.