Pictured above is the Silver Dollar City Steam Powered duplicating lathe.  Located down the hill from the Wilderness Church it is a dark and drab display of old machinery.  What captures your attention is the unique clicking sound as the wheels and belts work together to spin the lathe.  The old boiler and copper piping adds to the image of the old.  The picture was created using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.  Three pictures with different exposures (normal exposure, underexposed by 2 stops and overexposed by 2 stops) are combined to create this image bringing out it beauty, color and definition.  The lathe has been at this site for as long as we have visited SDC and is one of my favorites.


We recently had the opportunity to visit a craft show that goes by the name Vintage Market Days.  A venue for approximately 30+ craftsmen and women who participate in a common theme to refurbish, reuse and creatively give live to old products.  I could have spent a day taking pictures were it not for the 'No Photography' admonishment.  One of the booths that caught my attention was a collection of what I have come to know as 'Machine Age Lamps' (AKA steampunk art).  These lamps created from old gauges, pipe connections, old wire lamp protectors and gears are an ingenious creative work.  As much as I would like to post a picture or two here -- I can only refer you to their website at (not responsible for the content of 3rd party websites).




"When I was seven, my grandmother looked at me very seriously and said in her calm, kind way,

'You must learn perseverance.'

She made me repeat it, spell it, and memorize the definition.

She gently explained that sometimes in life you have to carry on in the face of great challenges and adversity."


- Karen Young, Product Designer & Entrepreneur



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