Friday, January 30, 2009

busy week

Lots going on is SteamSmith world this week.

Started a NEW airship pin. Hope to have it finished and up on Etsy next week.

Had a big ski on Wed - long solo climb with lots of trail breaking, in a snow storm. Lots more wind up high than I had expected. Home safe and sound, and lots of exercise.

Another big ski tomorrow. Will be skiing up & down "3030" (central Vermont) with a group of 20 or so other skiers. Lots of trail breaking expected - report is that there is 16 inches of new snow at the bottom of the route - probably means more at the top. Will be good to have a large group to help break trail.

And Nancys daugher, Dana Lee, has been staying with us this week. She is back from her 2 year assignment in China and is about to begin a 2 year stint in Australia. So it is great that she and her Mom get to spend this time together.

Dana promices to leave my new SteamSmith cards in the "right" places in Phily (her next stop in the States) and Sydney (where she will be working). It would be great for me to hook up with an urban market or two.

Meanwhile, lots of work to do, so I am off to it.

Mark aka SteamSmith

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm Baaaack

I was out sick for three days; got behind with a lot of stuff, just catching up now.

Also trying to ski more these days as I have a big ski day the middle of next month, and need to be in shape for it.

Yesterday I discovered a GREAT steampunk website:

Definitely worth checking out. I already have 1 idea for a new design just from one short visit to the site.

Still catching up with stuff, back at it now.

Mark aka Steamsmith

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I just put a new item up on my SteamSmithWorks Etsy store. It is the Avenger submarine.

When you read the story about this submarine, you will learn about the priacy problem in the Centeral Cost area. The little story mentiones a pirate leader who I do not have a name for yet!

Read the story in my Etsy store, then leave your suggestion for the pirates name here. If I select the name that you suggested, you get 10% off your next purchace on

Good luck!

aka SteamSmith

Thursday, January 15, 2009

third day as a blogger

I got a really nice response from Sally D. yesterday. Lots of folks have been real supportive of my new steampunk work. I have heard from several other steampunk artists with lots of great remarks.

I first discovered steampunk when I stumbled on WinonaCookie's Etsy store. She does great work! I love the stories that accompany each piece.

That was just two months ago. At any rate, since her work is what really got me into this genre, her opinion is important to me. In a message to me she said: "Your stuff *rocks*!!"

That was great to hear. Makes me want to get back into the studio!

Hope to hear from you......


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

second day

Yes, it is my second day as a blogger!

Some work and some play today. I strapped on the skis and headed out the back door this afternoon; about an hour of cross country skiing. Good for the heart.

Have been thinking a lot about the SteamPunk work. Decided that my next peice will be a submarine. Came up with a name and started to write the copy before I had a good idea of what it should look like, but I have that in my head now. All that is left to do is to make it!

Looking forward to my first visator comment.

Back to work,

Mark aka SteamSmith

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Forgot to mention - a really fun part of SteamPunk is the whole idea of "advanced" airships!

SteamPunk genre


Welcome to my first ever blog entry!

Seven weeks ago I discovered steampunk; a genre of expression - art, literature, fashon ... you get the idea.

Blew me away.

I discovered it when I stumbled upon the Etsy store of WinonaCookie. Great work, mostly collage. Each piece of visual art comes with a story, a little piece of literature. Realy well done.

About the genre, imagine if Jules Verns books were FACT, not fiction! That is sort of the idea.

So I got to work making some of the bazillion ideas that come into my head and created my own steampunk theme shop:


Please visit, tell me what you think.

Mark aka SteamSmith