Steampunk Family

Steampunk (n.) A literary and cultural movement based on the principle that Jules Verne should have been right, that both people and things should be elegant and functional, and that I want a zepplin.

Family (n.) People you love, live with, are related to, or cannot otherwise avoid.

We, the Steampunk Family, like to make things.  We like to make beautiful, and when possible, functional things.  If a thing cannot be useful, let it at least be beautiful, and if it cannot be beautiful, do we really need it?

We want better, not more.  We curb skim and dumpster dive proudly, to make the unused and unappreciated into the unique and useful.  We want the work of our hearts, hands, minds, and tongues to be art.  We ourselves want to live as art.

You may reach us through our facebook page, through a comment on this site, or at these addresses:

madamevonhedwig at steampunkfamily dot com & fearlessfabricator at

Our press kit is available.

Please allow me to introduce to to some of the denizens of these pages, beginning with the crew of the airship Schöneluft.

P. Phineas von Hedwig

Scion of an ancient Prussian family, the Fearless Fabricator followed ancestral tradition and attended the prestigious Academy, where for centuries, scientists have gone to hone their mad skills. His academic career proved memorable; he was asked to leave mid-way through his senior year, escorted from the smoking ruins of the Genetics Wing by grim-faced faculty and cheering students.

Other than a brief but distinguished stint in the Prussian Air Scouts, mystery clouds his post-Academy adventures. He soared back to international prominence with his invention of the Veritiscope, a revolutionary moving picture device, which he used to document the hurly-burly, risque world of Parisian  burlesque and circus performers.

He shocked his family by marrying a “showy nobody” (in his mother’s words) and taking to the skies in his airship, the Schoneluft, rather than taking over the family estates on his older brother’s death.

He travels the world with his remarkable family, inventing and agitating, saving the world, one questionable decision at a time.

Ulrik Manfred Adler is P. Phinneas vonHedwig’s current laboratory assistant. Ulrik had nearly finished his studies at the Academy, when his academic career was cut short with a bang. Herr vonHedwig heard about the bang, and found the cause of the explosion so creative and promising, that he took on its author as his apprentice. Though of a taciturn nature, Ulrik gets on well with the other inhabitants of the Schöneluft. In his more reflective moments, he wanders the envelope catwalks playing his violin. He and Philomena used to play duets together, before she left for the Academy, and remain great friends. Ulrik’s only unusual trait is that his hair is particularly sensitive to chemicals and energy waves, and frequently changes color due to his time in the laboratory.

16 Comments for this entry

  • Rob says:

    I saw you all at ConBust, I was the one who took your picture with the girl in the green Hot Topic dress. I have to say I really admire your pursuit of steampunk, especially being a fan of both Phil Foglio and Jules Verne in their own rights… and I dream of zeppelins. Keep up the good/hard work and perhaps next time we meet I’ll bring my death ray.

  • Fearless Fabricator says:

    It was nice meeting you. Con Bust was a fabulous event. Please bring your death ray, always interested in other inventors work.

  • RhysMichael says:

    I am a photographer in Richmond that has a steampunk themed shoot in a couple of weeks so I am working on background research. Luckily my model does have a good bit of knowledge in this area and her creativity may carry the project to success. Still if anyone has time and is interested I would appreciate it if you could email me and maybe we can bounce some ideas back and forth. Thanks

  • Fearless Fabricator says:

    I am not that familiar with the Richmond area. I’d check out a few groups on flickr for inspiration. TOR, steampunk fashion, and of course the von Hegwig.

  • RhysMichael says:

    I have a couple of really good locations as Richmond still has a several victorian gothic revival buildings preserved and we have two buildings brought over from england and reassembled here ( one is a tudor home the other a 12’th century priory. The initial test shoot will be in a victorian gothic reviaval building built in 1882 . I will try those other flickr groups and thank you for the advice.

  • RhysMichael says:

    I posted some photos from the preliminary shoot on your flickr. The main one got moved to Jan due to location issues. Thanks again for the earlier info

  • Madame vonHedwig says:

    Thank you, sir. What an excellent article!

  • Hello, this is just a shout out, so you know that your website was linked on a steampunk article I wrote on my blog.

    You can find the link under “extremelly cool site”, which reflects precisely my opinion on it. Many congrats! 🙂

    Ah, if you’d like to take a peek at the article, here’s the address:

    All the best,

  • Madame vonHedwig says:

    Thank you for the linkage! I’m so glad you like our humble efforts.

  • Madame vonHedwig says:

    In combo with Preachain. Glad you like it!

  • Just stumbled across you site whil;e searching for smoking hats. Excellent site, I’ve bookmarked it for future reference. Keep on steaming.

  • Madame vonHedwig says:

    Thank you! Glad we could help. If you make a smoking cap, will you send me a picture?

  • Someone is creating a pattern for me at present, I will be glad to send a picture.

  • Greetings Madame vonHedwig, it’s been awhile but at last I have my smoking hat. As promised here is a picture.

  • Professor Buttons says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you folks and your daughter along the banks of the Shenandoah. It was a beautiful place for my timeship to come to rest. When I introduced myself to your daughter, as Professor Buttons, the cheif button pusher and lever lifter on Commodore Rainbow’s Magica Mystical Flying Machine., she informed me that she totally got it. Wow! I thought, what a cool kid. Best wishes to you and your family as you travel the many adventures of the universe. Perhaps our paths will cross again someday.

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