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Over in the Steampunk Workshop, Jake von Slatt has posted pics of a Wimshurst Influence Machine built by a MAKE reader, following Jake’s project piece in Volume 17. Nice job, Scott! He built his with more sectors on the disks, to make it even more zaptastic.

Scott’s Wimshurst Machine!

From MAKE magazine:

Check out MAKE, Volume 17: The Lost Knowledge issue!

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In Volume 17, MAKE goes really old school with the Lost Knowledge issue, featuring projects and articles covering the steampunk scene — makers creating their own alternative Victorian world through modified computers, phones, cars, costumes, and other fantastic creations. Projects include an elegant Wimshurst Influence Machine (an electrostatic generator built entirely from Home Depot parts), a Florence Siphon coffee brewer, and a teacup-powered Stirling engine. This special section also covers watchmaking, letterpress printing, the early multimedia art of William Blake, and other wondrous and lost (or fading) pre-20th-century technologies.