Welcome to Kinetic Steam Works [KSW]!

-23 May 2017-

Maker Faire Bay Area 2017

Thank-you to all who came by and shared some of the magic with us, and especially the staff and volunteers that make this event possible. If you saw us and want to connect, our group email is contact@kineticsteamworks.org . We'd love to hear from you! Here are some pictures from the event while we get all the great video clips edited and thrown together...


-20 February 2017-

Event pics for Edwardian Ball (SF and LA) coming soon! We have put together a "Making of" video of the gears for Maker Faire and a webpage with stills here

-14 January 2017-

Join us at the 17th annual Edwardian Ball!

20-21 January 2017 (World's Faire and Edwardian Ball)

We are furiously getting ready for a great event! See you there!!!

Edwardian Ball 2016 from Blackbird Films on Vimeo.



Here are some shop pics of the prep process:


-10 October 2016-

With the 2016 Harvest Fair and Steam Festival at Roaring Camp behind us, we look ahead to Edwardian Ball 2017 (Jan 20-21) and Maker Faire 2017 (late May, dates TBA)

Here are some highlighted pics from Roaring Camp, in case you missed it (and mark your calendars for 7-8 October 2017 for next year's even more exciting event that we are already planning for!) Many thanks to Tyler, Melani, and the whole Roaring Camp crew for being such wonderful hosts!

Pappy running the newly spiffed-up AOK Baker Fan

Tracy cutting wood on the steam-powered buzzsaw. Courtesy of the Vennerbeck collection.

Kate printing coasters on our 1906 Chandler and Price 8x12 Old Series press. Kate designed the coaster and tirelessly did much of the printing at the event. Thanks Kate!

Bryan is showing the proper branding technique.

One of several group photos that we took. Thanks, Lin!

On the deck of Pappy, driving around and doing some free tree branch removal via the canopy

Inside the porthole in the side of Pappy's firebox. Unlike other events we've done, we actually worked Pappy pretty hard (the Baker Fan is a merciless load- smoking the clutches of less worth gas tractors in the past). The chuffing engine exhaust creates an immense draft and literally sucks the flames from the firebox through the tubes. (Video coming soon!)

John driving Pappy to a safe area so we can drive a couple loops around the parking lot



We are doing mechanical, steam-powered refrigeration this year! Come by and watch us turn fire into ice! Also, we will have our usual 8"x12" Chandler and Price letterpress from 1906 and possibly a second 10"x15" unit. We'll have some metal type on hand that you can use to spell out a message and print it. Also, we'll be running one of our traction engines- Hopefully Hortense (if she's back from her mudring repairs by then) and if not, then Pappy. We'll update this page and our facebook page (see link below) with photos and video as the project comes along!

Pics from previous Maker Faires here: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 (will get pics up and links working for the later faires soon@)


Also, we will be attending Edwardian Ball LA this year (though we're only involved in the stage production of "The Stupid Joke" and not bringing a bunch of steam stuff down this year- SORRY!). Saturday Feb 27th!



We have pictures from previous Edwardian Balls here and here as well as other general KSW pics here.


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HELP! If you know the server/administrative side of getting a PHP, MySQL, Apache, Perl, and Wordpress installation going from scratch on a dedicated CentOS (like Redhat Linux) server and think you can make/install/configure all this software and get it running with root access (or know someone that can!) please help us out and help us get this running again. We just haven't had the time. E-mail the address or TEXT the number below. Thanks!


UPDATE- we had a volunteer who was working on this remotely from Portland. She had made great strides, but it's not finished yet. When it is, it will replace this placeholder. If you want a preview (some of the pics and links are broken), it will look like this: http://kineticsteamworks.org/wp3.5/ If you contacted us about helping, and are still serious about it, hit us up again!



We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with us again. We can be always be reached at contact@kineticsteamworks.org or via phone at 831-235-0546. Thanks.


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