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IEEE Spectrum has a piece on steampunk, featuring our pals Jake von Slatt, Datamancer, and I-Wei Huang. Pictured to the left of Jake above is a project he’s doing for MAKE Volume 17. Can you guess what it is?

The desire to make things is an integral part of the steampunk movement. Drawing inspiration from fantastical works like Jules Verne’s Les Voyages Extraordinaires and H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine, steampunk adherents embrace the do-it-yourself ethic, and they prize unique, intricate designs over disposable, bland creations.

“It’s part art and part just tinkering with stuff, trying to create something that no one has really tried to do before,” says I-Wei Huang, known as Crab Fu, an artist and animator based in Dixon, Calif., who has built a collection of steam-powered mechanical critters.

The Steampunk Contraptors