In this segment from Fatman and Circuit Girl, “Ken” drops by Jeri’s studio in Portland to demo some Wimshurst Machine experiments.

Fatman and Circuit Girl

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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.