I'll go first since I am asking
For me it's the mad scientist in me. I love to tinker with things , and make things look out of this world so Steam Punk Art is in my blood even before I knew what it was called. The freedom of it really lends it's self to the CBG as there are no rules and thats how I like it.
The Steam Punk world says it must be victorian looking but they also say that it is a reflection of if steam was used instead of gas up to this point in history kind of a perodox as I see this as the mind works differntly for every genaration and reflects the time.
I hope I have got your inner Tinkerer turned on and set the gears in motion LOL
this simple question has hung out, unanswered since day before Pearl Harbor anniversary two years ago
I've been a builder for many years. Big and small. Mansions to chicken coops, freeways to equestrian arenas, plumbing, electrical... I fab from scratch.
Steampunk is fascinating to me because the components bring concepts to mind, both individually, and collectively as a piece of artwork.
An accomplished mechanical engineer I once knew was impressed with steam powered machinery and did a certain amount of study and development of devices, convincing me of it's worth in this present day.
I also enjoy the artwork of the Victorian age, which in my own interpretation might include both massive Gothic impact and fine detail in certain aspects.
Shawns pic of his Steampunk CBG is impressive!
I wonder about it's tone. :-)
I think that my attraction is the mechanical look and concepts, having tinkered with engines and such for most of my 66 years on this ball of dirt we call home. Haven't built a Steam Punk CBG yet, but I have an evolving design in my head. Part of my idea is that it should look and function properly without any artificial antiqueness to it. Like an old car, any "patina" should be real, not manufactured.
This is awesome! I've been into Steampunk for a couple of years. Long before I ever decided to build a guitar... So, I'm really excited to find a Steampunk group here. I don't know enough about building guitars yet to try and Steampunk a CBG, but I've had some ideas...
For me it's all about the build. I've always been a maker of sorts. I get inspired and just make things. Most of the time I get inspired to make things I know absolutely nothing about and have to pick up new skills along the way. Like Cigar box gutars... So, I actually know a little bit about a lot of things, and not really enough about any one thing to make a career out of anything, lol. Over the years I've dabbled in wood, leather, bone, horn, clay, paper, and darn near every kind of craft.
For Steampunk though, I've built lamps, costuming bits, canes, props, and even spent about 6 months developing my own faux absinth recipe called "Nonsinthe". My avatar here is the award winning Steampunk mask I made for Mardi Gras last year, and I've used this same nick over at The Steampunk Empire for a couple of years.
I'm really looking forward to bouncing ideas off of people who understand both Steampunk and CBGs!