Fab; I just discovered that the wonderful Brass Goggles weblog hails from Birmingham. It profiles contemporary fan-made devices, other items of steampunk -goodness, and has a growing craft forum. Which rather makes sense, if you think of Birmingham having been the workshop of the world, starting from the ‘toy’ trade, and all that. It seems to me that there’s a fledgling craft niche emerging here, one that may deserve support from traditional crafts agencies. Given the demographics of craft makers in the British Isles, it strikes me that once the baby boomers retire then a significant amount of the most interesting and collectable hand-made craft production is going to be from obsessive fans working in goth, cyber, and steam.