See them Nempnett Trubwell working: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5sz7X27QCg
The Nempnett Thrubwell kitchen timer was designed as a kit to enable those who have an interest in Victorian engineering to assemble their very own working machine. However, due to numerous requests, I have also begun to sell a fully assembled version. You can select which you require under Options.
The engravings, brass mechanism and copper fittings arranged on the beautiful polished wooden enclosure make this a classic steampunk machine. It’s operated with a brass winged key that begins the timing process. The required cooking period is adjusted with a polished wooden knob that sets the time by rotating several gears. During operation a flickering candle lamp illuminates. Once the hand reaches zero, the air horn sounds. I was thrilled to incorporate a working horn as it looks beautiful and, as with all the components, isn't just there for decoration. The horn sounds for 20 seconds before stopping and its loudness can be adjusted by inserting a handkerchief!
Don't have any doubts regarding your ability to construct the kit! I've made it very easy to put together having broken down construction into 9 sections, each with easy to follow video instructions. The kit contains everything you'll need to construct your own Nempnett Thrubwell without requiring any special equipment or experience. I love designing working steampunk machines and wanted to design a kit that would allow others to enjoy creating their own working machine.
• The Nempnett Thrubwell is 31cm high, 24cm wide and stands 12cm out from the wall.
• Cooking times from 1 hour to 1 minute can be set.
• Power is supplied by 4 x AA batteries (not included).
• The kit contains all the required parts including glue and wood polish.
• You'll only require a couple of screwdrivers and a pair of pliers to assemble the kit.
• The kit is delivered in a cardboard box roughly 30cm square and 12cm deep.
I came up with the idea whilst staying in the beautiful village of Nempnett Thrubwell in Somerset, UK. It's such a fabulous name, I just had to use it! As with all my steampunk machines, lots of sketches led slowly to a working prototype followed by much testing, refinement and development of the kit. I’ve really enjoyed developing it and hope you get as much enjoyment from assembling and using the Nempnett Thrubwell.