Join KSW at the 15th Annual Edwardian Ball!

2015 Edwardian Ball
Join KSW in celebrating the 15th Annual Edwardian Ball, 16-17 January at the Regency Ballroom! It’s going to be great! We will have our usual tea room on Saturday and on Friday at the World’s Faire, a steam-powered-lineshaft-powered aerostat/dirigible for your consideration and perusal! It is modeled after Henri Giffard’s steam-powered dirigible which was the world’s first powered and controlled airship flight in 1852. 

14th Annual Edwardian Ball and World’s Faire



Join KSW and celebrate this year’s Edwardian Ball with all of our friends in the city.  We are feverishly getting ready to make it an unforgettable year!

steamy sofa for Edwardian Ball 2014

One of three steamy sofas in the KSW shop getting ready for the 14th Annual Edwardian Ball and World’s Faire

The Fourteenth Annual Edwardian Ball & World’s Faire!

Friday Jan 17th & Saturday Jan 18th
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness, SF
All ages, doors & show 8:00pm til 2:00am
Tickets $40-90 advance
An elegant, whimsical celebration of music, art, theatre, dance, circus, fashion, gaming, and of course, the art & stories of Edward Gorey!
“The quintessential must-never-miss event of the year!” -SF Weekly
Tickets, media, resources, info:
Seeing is believing!


Welcome to Roaring Camp


Saturday October 12th, Sunday October 13th, 2013

Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp present The Steam Fair and Harvest Festival. View live steam generated inventions and gadgets that show the creativety and imagination of tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. Peruse art creations by Scotts Valley Artisans. Participate in Heritage activities from the 1880′s. Child with train ticket can take home a free pumpkin.

Activities include:
Make and Take Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making, and hand car racing. Visit the Marshall’s office, take an old-fashioned picture at the Photo Shoppe, or view early silent movies at the Box Car Theater.

— at Roaring Camp Railroads.

Train on bridge

Steam powered Orrery


The beautiful Orrery running on Steam Power at Maker Faire! Designed and built by Will Francis and Adrian Van Allen.

Upcoming Events & Projects for 2013


boiler Maker Faire is May 18-19 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. We will be in the South lot this year, near a lot of other Oakland Makers, like our friend and neighbor Justin Gray.

Mouchot1Come by to see our Case traction engine ‘Hortense’, watch coasters being printed on a 100 year old Chandler & Price letterpress powered by steam of course (take home a souvenir!), and check out our member Will Francis’ beautiful steam powered Orrery. Finally, come see the solar heated boiler set-up – based on the display by Auguste Mouchot and Abel Pifre at the 1878 World’s Faire in Paris, our member Troye Welch has built a small heliostat array that will heat a boiler to make steam to power an engine. Solar powered steam, y’all.

After Maker Faire, we are continuing work on Wilhelmina, our 40″ sternwheeler that we are planning to take on a trip up the Petaluma river this summer.

We are also working on restorations to Hortense and the double simple engine

Keep up with the latest by following us on Facebook! Come by to check out the shop on one of our workdays, every Wednesday and Saturday.