Well Mrs S was somewhat displeased when her aged printer finally gave up the ghost.
Charles was delighted, though, and had soon extracted something called a circuit board from the defunct machine.
“Take a look, Henry,” he said. “Spiffing base for another time machine!”
I had to agree, so we have a new model incorporating this futuristic technology with good old steampunk tradition.
Instead of a steering column, there’s something called a control deck. It pulses with multicoloured lights, naturally, and has a clock and time warp repeat button. (Well, someone might understand why…)
I left Charles to fiddle with the pod things that power it, but I insisted on installing a traditional safety valve.
For the comfort of our customers, we added a padded velvet cushion and a steel luggage rack. There is also a handy claxon which sounds automatically to warn anyone in the vicinity when the vessel is due to stop.
Not our most aesthetically pleasing craft, perhaps, but an intriguing machine, nonetheless.
You will obviously have heard of harnessing the power of steam, water and even the energy stored in a tightly wound spring to produce power.
Have you, though, considered utilising the power produced by the impulses firing within your brain to power a device?
Certainly you would need to possess a superior brain – one that is filled with constant and highly original thoughts. I, Professor Digby Charlweston, am fortunate enough to have such an organ. Working in close collaboration with my dear friend and colleague Nick Tesla, I have engineered a device which transmits energy from my brain into a leather and metal-bound lamp. With sufficient concentration, I can send enough energy to produce a light brighter than any oil or gas lamp.
True, people snigger at my headgear when I am out and about. Some have the audacity to call me eccentric – or worse. Nevertheless, I have succeeded where countless others have failed.
“Thought is free,” The Bard said. So, then, is my power source: free and inexhaustible!
If you visit the SteampunkDollsHouse, you will find a 1:12 scale model of myself, by energy-transmitting headgear and the light generator, which may be purchased.