Interest in the co-evolution of us and our machines, William Francis has taken an interest in many retro-technologies including vacuum tubes, horn loaded speakers, vintage motorcycles and the motive/industrial implications of steam power. As a counterpoint to his professional career in the tech industry -- helping to write the software that manages the backend of a large popular website -- free time is often spent exploring the path of the technologies & design that eventually lead to a million things going right every day. He's also interested in the decline of places and technologies and has spent time exploring numerous abandoned insane asylums, hospitals and factories. His photographs have appeared in numerous galleries and several print publications including FHM, Physics World, as well as on the cover of Clamor magazine.
EE by training, wrench-turner/PC-rebooter by trade, Troye comes from a long lineage of auto-mechanics. As an army officer in the 82nd Airborne Division (and later with the 3rd Army HQ/CFLCC command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait), he jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, crawled through the mud, and put in long-haul fiber optic and satellite links. His civilian day job with Siemens Healthcare is half-mechanical, half electrical/software, but his real passions are steam and photography. (And a bit of assembly language programming (8051) on the side). He can be found in his native habitat under Wilhelmina, grinder in hand, doing an Al Jolson impersonation..
Our fearless treasurer and Empress of Wampum, Kathy holds on to KSW's money wearing a velvet glove over a leather glove wrapped around an iron fist. Spending her time in her day job relieving others of their pain, she spends her free time giving pain to those who try to submit reimbursement expenses without a receipt. Lover of paint, boilers, fire, and the smell of things burning, Kathy uses her skills in checkbook balancing and organization to benefit KSW as well as practicing looking innocent while doing Bad Things whenever opportunities present themselves.
Erik first came to Kinetic Steam Works, as directed by a court order for community service after pleading “Nolo Contendere” to Mopery. He was found to be capable of following simple instructions, a willingness to lift things beyond the limits of his diminutive size, a passion for repetitive tasks, and an understanding that uncontrolled steam is potentially dangerous. Although secretive about his colorful past, it is known that he has managed the construction of buildings of note, operated historical streetcars, and piloted red wagons with speed and abandon.
Fascinated by steam and vintage farm equipment from a young age, Leah was drawn to KSW after a man in a hat caught her eye while rolling by on a huge Steamroller at Maker Faire. When she's not creating fliers or building websites, she is probably up to no good somewhere in West Oakland. She is in love with Hortense and dreams of riding Wilhelmina up the Petaluma river someday.