By Cory Doctorow at 7:39 pm Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Gramturismo sez, "A maker in Scotland has created an elaborate, steampunk style hand cranked corkscrew." It's quite an amazing gadget -- talk about thoroughly solving a problem!
The uncorking was taking so long that I half expected it to crush the bottle like an egg, but I really like how it handled the pour.
I think he should power it with a sterling engine of some sort….
Yeah, he solved the hell out of that problem!
Twenty-five were made. The first three were snapped up for £100,000, and the remaining 22 are being sold for £75,000 apiece.
This is the best steam punk thing ever. The gears actually turn and it actually performs a task!
And THAT is how steam punk should be: functional and practical.
Putting a chimney in your bowler hat and using a cog for a monocle do not makes steam punk.
functional and practical.
Perhaps we should settle for one of those.
Cory hasn’t been in the UK long enough: that’s a Heath Robinson machine!
It perhaps even just surpasses this epic bit of steampunkage, due to all. that. machining. and the sheer tonnage of brass.
Not to mention the absolutely top-notch example of Heath Robinsonry designed into it.
When can we see a miniature one of these on a Swiss Army knife?
O my god! A bit of steampunkery that actually DOES SOMETHING! and it’s awesome! Congrats, dude! Brilliant!
well, what makes steam punk punk, really, is that it is all bluff and nonsense. Like a good handle-bar mustache. Do something? That would be quite beside the point.
This thing is fine for what it is though
A slicker video that shows some of the building process can be found here
I love how all this steampunk gadgetry works without steam…
Still waiting for the first steampunk raygun actually powered by steam, now that would be a real jawdropper.
Still, the effort and love that was put in that machine is breathtaking and I absolutely loved watching this
Sorry, but “Victorian-inspired brass and clockwork aesthetics” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “steampunk”
I’d like to see the first steampunk raygun wielded by a punk. Mind the bollocks as well as the gap!
Heath-Robinson != Steampunk. But both have a place. To be fair, I see no hint that the maker is claiming S (or H-R, come to that).
while it’s great looking and gets me all vernedhup shirley he should have made the system to work with screw caps rather than endangered cork
It was a plastic cork.
What, I don’t get to smell the cork!?!?
No, thank you!
If the wine waiter hands you the cork in a restaurant and you sniff it, they will thereafter dismiss you as a rank amateur and look down their nose at you. The /proper/ thing to do when handed the cork is to give it a little squeeze, then say, in your best non-commital french: “Ça va…”
you are presented the cork to make sure it’s not moldy or dry-rotted. as my bartender taught the servers vis-a-vis presentation: “if they smell it, they’re a redneck.” and that’s coming from an alabama native.
Think I’m going to call in sick and spend the day in the workshop, today.
These infernal contraptions will put sommeliers out of their jobs! We must fight them with every tooth and nail!
+1, though, for the creative use of crescent wrenches.
As seen on “Pimp My Difference Engine”….
Judging from the sounds in the background, the thing is a veritable chick magnet, too.
Wonder how customer service is when the damn thing breaks down.
This, I would have it, and none would dare gainsay me, is the very embodiment of the technology that put us on the moon. Now…….how to get back?
This doesn’t seem as ridiculous (or maybe a different direction of ridiculous) as the rabbit electric cork screw with a digital display showing how many corks it will be able to pull before needing to be charged.
If this video had some electronica playing in the background and was identified as steampunk with dubstep, then we could sit back and sip wine as the comments fill up with “That’s not steampunk” and “That’s not actually dubstep”, debating what actually counts as steampunk and dubstep. No True Scotsman would enjoy trolling like that.
I’m going to make a clanking device that debates whether it should be identified as steampunk, or whether it clanked in dubstep rhythm.
Like a pre-unit BSA only without the oil leaks and Lucas delectrics.
Surprised nobody said this yet but… this is clockwork. steam isn’t involved anywhere. Also, a s for practical… well pocket- sized, less complicated devices would have had the wine poured in a quarter of the time.
It should be coal-fired. Then I’d be even more impressed.
“talk about thoroughly solving a problem”
I thought this had pretty much taken care of the problem, guess I was wrong:
A beautiful mountain of brass. Wonderful. The demonstrator had great confidence in the opening, but added “fingers crossed” before the pouring. That’s where I would expect different bottle and glass shapes to throw a spanner in the works.
Rob Higgs has been building his kinetic sculptures for decades- long before the advent of steam punk.
also- Penryn, our home town, is just 8 or 11 miles(depending on which of the road signs you choose to believe) from the lovely little town of Gweek.
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