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Kathy sent in an overview of one of my favorite projects that will be at Maker Faire, the Neverwas Haul -

Neverwas Haul, a self-propelled 3-story Victorian House, made from 75% recycled equipment and materials, is the flagship of our project which also includes a steam-powered car, Kristie’s Flyer. The Haul measures 24 feet long by 24 feet high and 12 feet wide and is built on the base of a 5th wheel travel trailer.

The Neverwas Project has created an imaginary world based on the science fiction of the Victorian era where steam technology is considered cutting edge. Our desire is to portray this Jules Verne style world and invite others to participate with us, so that we can all experience a time when brave explorers ventured out into the unknown in search of adventure.

By sharing our steam technology with the Maker’s Faire, participants learn about a forgotten technology that was so important in our past, perhaps to learn something that can be utilized today. Hydrogen fuel cells and biofuels were invented during the Victorian period and many early vehicles were run on what’s now considered alternative fuel systems (i.e., electric, steam and alcohol powered engines). We plan to offer lectures and demonstrations on the Haul and will display our steam carriage in the same area.

Our home base is the Shipyard at 1010 Murray Street in Berkeley, behind Urban Ore. We are a collective group of tinkerers, fabricators, and artists who create our pieces on technology from the past.

Neverwas Haul – tribe.net – Link.

Related:

  • The Neverwas Haul @ Burning Man 2006 – Link.
  • Haul hauled – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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