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Zachary Rukstela of Kinetic Steamworks considers himself the steward of the pieces of vintage steam technology he owns. He operates a steam powered vehicle at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, and explains his background in steam, from growing up on a farm, to working on a WWII era steam powered destroyer.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Nicholas Battafarano

    Thought you might want to know, your m4v link doesn’t work either here or in the itunes podcast.

  • Zachary Rukstela

    Nice edit.  Thought I’d pass along some hopefully easy clarifications.
    Kinetic Steam Works is the correct spelling of the org. 
    The Steam Roller KSW brought to the Makers Faire was on lone for that event from an sister organization in Willits California, the Roots of Motive Power.
    Zachary, being me, was happy to talk with you, but I’d like to make it a clear that KSW, is not simply the zack show, KSW has nearly 20 volunteer staff members that regularly
     make the magic happen, so fortunate for each and every one of them

  • Zachary Rukstela

    hey lets change: “from growing up on a farm, to working on a WWII era steam powered destroyer.”

    to: “younth spent amongst vintage/historical steam driven agricultural equipment, and a decade of volinteer service as a Fireman/Watertender in the Engine Department of the San Francisco based SS Jeremiah O’Brien, one of only two currently operational World War II Liberty ships afloat of the 2,710 build during the war.”