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Steampunk Snowboard Answered

Steampunk hits the slopes with this crazy and dangerous board. Lots of time was put into putting coppery bit and bobs all over it to give it that steampunk flair. And then some hippy windsocks were put on for some awful reason.

Ah well, another step forward for steampunk, I suppose.

Steampunk Snowboard Flickr set via Make


It looks like an accident about to happen! One hard carving turn and those windsocks will become snow filled brakes! Kiss your ankles goodby for sure.

agreed on the windsock. when you are engaged in a sport with it's own inherent dangers, last thing you want to do is make it higher risk.

the concept of a steam-powered (looks at least) is cool, though. maybe a "steam engine" on the back with a battery powered cam mechanism going up and down. toss in a little dry ice for the look of steam coming out.

A steam drive look would be a hoot! I like the cam mech. to give a mechanical 'motion' to the rig. I've a buddy here who put a small wooden 'viking dragon' ship's figure head on the front of his board and to see it cutting through the snow is wild.

Another idea might be to take one of those cheap smoke candles used by pest controllers to find the entrances to gopher holes, stick it in a metal tube on the back and light it as you start down a long slope. They burn for 30 seconds, a minute, or there's one that burns for a full 3 minutes for that long run. They produce a white smoke that is high volume and smoke from one 3C smoke candle generously fills a 40 ft container from top to bottom and front to back. Add in a high intensity red and an orange LED to light the base of the smoke just behind the board, and you have what looks like a rocket propelled board! All you'd need to do is figure out some sound effects and your going to leave them shaking their heads in wonder.

Check out http://store.metermall.com/smoke-candles-p55.aspx

Danggg...and they let you on the lift with that??


I agree! It annoys me that this wonderful project attracted so may haters. If you follow the story it says the sails will catch wind ti power a generator turbine. although they cause drag the result is awesome and the sails are better colored; they stand out against the snow.

Very... novel. The windsocks are definetly overkill.


9 years ago

Now thats just stupid.

I agree those windsocks killed it you can see the shiny glory waiting to burst free!

My first thought, when I saw the topic title; won't it melt through the snow and sink?

What is exacly steampunk anyway?

It's just nostalgia essentially. 21 Century people liked the 19th Century designs, which used steam as an energy generation tool. Search for crabfu on google. He makes steampunk robots, R/C, powered by steam :)

Nostalgia for a period that never existed.

A lot of it is recreating modern devices as if they were powered by steam or clockwork.

Think of it as how this world would be if electricity and internal combustion never quite took off.

You've been on this site for over a year and you don't know what steampunk is?

Ah well, another step forward for steampunk, I suppose.

A step back, i assure you.

Steampunk is so 2008 anyways.

Wow! that's cool. Except for the wind socks. Maybe if they were off white cloth, like sails. That would be neat.