My father was a professional photographer for 35 years in the Houston, TX area. He was on the board of directors of the PPGH, and their treasurer for two years. I have also work in photography on and off for many years, and studied mysticism, cultures, science, etc.
My current foray into steampunk genre has been on hold due to a lack of funds. I have quite a collection of 1900’s technology going, including; 1930’s mechanical typewriter (90% restored), 1940’s hand crank adding machine (100% restored), various working 120 film cameras from the 1920’s-1940’s, various surveying instruments, and brass/iron measuring scales. I am currently working on a project involving modern linear electronics, and a 1960 vacuum gyroscope compass from a Beechcraft airplane. I will be coupleing together the gyro with a small battery powered turbine vacuum pump running on a NMOS PWM speed control, and a linear IC voltage regulator supply, with mechanical vacuum gauge, and safety vent to create a semi-portable gyrocompass navigation unit with information for setting it by magnetic compass, and by the POLARIS (north star) which is only 37′ (less than 1 deg) off from true (geographical) north. This will be great in the advent of a disaster such as a geomagnetic storm which would leave magnetic compasses useless for awhile. The finished product willy truly be steampunk in both artistic and mechanical design.