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Waltham's Charles River Museum to offer steampunk clock-making class

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 27, 2012 01:30 PM

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The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation will offer a two-weekend course in April for area residents to fashion their own steampunk clock, according to the museum.

The museum has had an increasingly growing hand in helping propel the aesthetic movement, which stems from Victorian, Edwardian, Industrial, and Art Deco periods.

Students will plan, design, and build a steampunk clock using actual Victorian equipment, machinery, and tools. Attendees will also learn entry-level skills in woodworking, basic perspective drawing, metalworking, and faux painting.

The class includes an optional "salvage" field trip to purchase steampunk items for your project.

At the end of the course, stundents will be able to take their steampunk clocks home.

Classes take place at the museum, located at 154 Moody St. in Waltham. Prices are $240 for museum members, and $250 for non-members, plus $40 for materials payable to the instructors on the first day of class.

The course will take place over two weekends, including April 13, April 15, April 21, and April 22.

For more information or to register, email Info@crmi.org or call 781-893- 5410.

Last year, the International Steampunk City Festival in Waltham drew over 2,500 people per day and raked in $30,000 from admissions fees - 25 percent of which was donated to help renovate the museum after flood damage.

The weekend-long event featured 85 vendors, 25 performing acts, and numerous artists sprawled across downtown Waltham, and was housed largely by the museum.

This year's third annual event will take place May 12 and May 13, according to the organizers' website.

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