Steampunk PC from Datamancer: The Archbishop

Steampunk maker Datamancer has just unveiled his latest, a PC called "The Archbishop" that knocked my socks off. I have one of Datamancer's steampunk keyboards at my office and it's just fantastic -- a clicky-clacky pleasure to write on.

This case was rushed and completed just in time to be seen at the huge upcoming Steampunk art show at the Hamptons Antique Galleries at 2546 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, NY from August 16 through August 24. It will be for sale at the show but if it doesn't find a new owner there, it will be posted on ebay probably near the beginning of September. Also featured there will be many of my talented steampunk colleagues including Art Donovan, Jake von Slatt, Bethany Peters, Sam van Olffen, Steve Erenberg, Tatjana van Vark, Jos De Vink, I-Wei Huang ("Crab-fu"), Hunter Herrick, Eric Freitas, and Suzanne R. Forbes (who made the lovely portrait of Jake von Slatt and I at the Bay Area Maker Faire as well as a painting to benefit the EFF that featured my Steampunk Laptop and Jake's monitor in the background)
"The Archbishop" Computer



  1. Are these things better aged and used looking? Or new? Are these artifacts from the past, or is the user back in time?

  2. Or ’15 minutes into the future’?

    I love the look, maybe the keyboard should reverse and appear to be some sort of tray, and I imagine you’d need to sit at an outdated ergonomic kneeler chair.

  3. That’s not hideous. It’s most holy-o.
    Love wooden doors which open to reveal LCD monitors….don’t know why.
    Come to think of it any wooden computer is a-ok in my (Note)books.

  4. Oh wait the doors are glass not wood…but I still like it.
    I do really like stained glass work. Not enough of it about IMO.

  5. @#5 nah, it’s definitely hideous. doesn’t mean i don’t think its cool.

    needs an excessive amount of thick rose colored candles.

    dig the bible-mousepad.

  6. This isn’t steampunk. Just because it’s made from old-timey materials doesn’t make it steampunk. There are no exposed mechanisms, tubes, piping, valves, gears, levers, dials or gages.

    This is in it’s own category. Maybe Catho-punk? Molester-tech? Dunno. Def not steampunk though.

  7. Ditto what SEYO said. It’s almost like he read my mind.

    We need a Commission on Steampunk Authenticity.

  8. It’s brilliant. Absolutely BRILLIANT!

    Datamancer has pushed the envelope, my friends.

    This man has done more to promote this genre than most any other artist on the planet. In his art and innovation, he may move in ways that may shock and surprise. Such is the nature of the genuine artistic mind.

    As far as establishing a “Steampunk Authenticity Commision” is concerned: Let’s leave that sort of nonsense to politicians and lesgislators.

  9. That’s not steampunk. Attaching brass plumbing parts to it with a hot glue gun –now THAT would be steampunk.

  10. Whether it’s steampunk or not, it’s quite beautiful. It actually reminds me most of Canticle for Liebowitz.

  11. I would just like to point out that nowhere have I mentioned the word Steampunk anywhere near this project. I’m calling it a “Gothic” design, which I mean in the purely aesthetic sense (in other words, think “architecture” not “spiked chokers and eyeliner”)


  12. According to Umberto Eco, it wouldn’t be Catho-punk if it’s running Windows. In 1994 he wrote:

    “I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach — if not the kingdom of Heaven — the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.”

  13. Vatican City, 3 miles beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, a screen flickers to life, flooding the surrounding area with a reddish glow. A massive lift descends from the cavernous ceiling. It is Bernini’s baldacchino.

    A voice from screen beckons, “Welcome back, your Holiness.”

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