Category Archives: Clockpunk

Leonardo’s Viola Organista

It wasn’t just tanks, flying machines and siege engines. Da Vinci’s inventions also ran to a strange and novel musical instrument, the viola organista, that merged harpsichord and cello to be a keyboard instrument that sounds like strings, as spinning wheels … Continue reading

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Was Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘tank’ really a revolving gun platform?

The story is that Leonardo deliberately built a design flaw into his famous tank design because he never wanted such a terrible machine actually to be built: that the hand cranks that turned its wheels revolved in opposite directions. Thus, either … Continue reading

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Launch Torpedoes!

Control of the Mediterranean and its rich trade routes is a key concern of the age, and the struggles between the Ottoman Empire and Christendom — and especially the Venetian naval superpower — will be crucial. Just think how useful … Continue reading

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Götz von Berlichingen and his Iron Hand

The trouble with writing clockpunk fantasy is that sometimes history one-ups you. Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen (1480–1562) was a German knight, mercenary, sometimes bandit and all-round-badass. One of his claims to fame is his common use of  the expression “Leck mich am Arsch” (“kiss … Continue reading

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Glassblower: Character 6: Dottor’ Dietrich, the masked medic from Munich with a steel scalpel in a brass hand

There is something especially creepy and atmospheric about the plague doctor’s mask, that long-nosed, face-covering and wholly useless accessory meant to protect the medic from the vile humors bearing the Black Death that has since become a classic carnival mask. … Continue reading

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Putting the Clock into Clockpunk

Sometimes I wish I had the time and skill to work wood (my grandfather certainly could, with amazing results). Then I could take advantage of these extraordinary plans for all kinds of wooden-geared clocks from Clayton Boyer Clock Designs. Want … Continue reading

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Renaissance Fencing and Martial Arts… and Clock-fu

The Renaissance saw the growing sophistication and spread of fencing techniques for both fighting as well as courtly dueling. While the earliest fencing manual dates back to the late 13th century, the invention of the printing press allowed not just … Continue reading

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