Atticus Oldman interviews the one, the only award winning Thomas Willeford of Brute Force Studios – Artist, Author, Master Prop Builder, Design Consultant – and Gentleman Genius! We were lucky enough to have Thomas with us over the whole weekend of both the first and second Whitby Steampunk Weekends doing a number of presentations, Q&A and book signings.
Thomas is famous for his work appearing on television, and for his book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos, and his work has appeared in many magazines, books and exhibitions.
He lives and works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, doing business as Brute Force Studios. His steampunk subculture persona, aka “steamsona”, is Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone.
Brought up in a Victorian house with a “mad scientist” grandfather who worked for Dupont, Thomas was educated at University of Maryland, College Park, Shenandoah University, University of Delaware, and University of Oxford.
In 1988 Thomas became interested in steampunk and began working on creating pieces combining his love of engineering and art.
Thomas created the steampunk arm worn by Nathan Fillion in episode 3.4 of the television series Castle.
His work has been displayed at the University of Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science, at the Steampunk Bizarre Experiment, the Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery, at Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery and at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, and has been featured in Popular Mechanics.
Thomas is also a contributor to Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City and was a judge on Game Show Network’s Steampunk’d.