Sidereal Workshop

Xechariah Majorelle (a.k.a. William Swanson) is the sole proprietor of the Sidereal Workshop, manufacturer of "scientific instrumentation and fine furniture." All products are hand-made to the highest possible standards.

While these products are primarily intended as works of art, they are all completely functional to the extent possible.

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Inglis Rangefinder

Inglis Rangefinder

The rangefinder is used to find the distance to a target. To operate the device, simply look through the eyepiece while adjusting the position of the center lens. When the image is in focus, read the number off the top scale to determine the distance.

This device first appeared at the Gaslight Gathering 2013, and spent several months on display at Scottsdale, AZ in the Civic Center Public Library.

Gravity Floccinaucinihiliplificationator

Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator

As the name implies, the Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator is an anti-gravity device. The center sphere hovers in space without wires or strings.

The first version of the Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator was only capable of about 1/2 inch of hover distance, since the control electronics were missing a crucial circuit. The new and improved Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator shown here is capable of a full 1 3/8 inches of hover distance.

The Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator operates using magnets. The ball is actually a neodymium magnet, and there is a second neodymium magnet inside the device itself. The attraction between the two magnets provides the main lifting force. Two permanent magnets cannot hover on their own, however, since the bottom magnet will either snap up because it is too close, or fall down because it is too far. To get around this problem, the Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator uses an electromagnet to stabilize the ball. If the ball is too close, microprocessor turns the coil off, allowing the ball to fall. If the ball is too far, the microprocessor turns the coil back on, pulling it back up again.

The top crystal flickers based on the amount of current flowing through the coil. If you have seen an science fiction movies, you know that all advanced technologies are powered by crystals.

The Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator first appeared at the Gaslight Gathering 2013 as part of a much larger shrink ray exhibit. The shrink ray was primarily used for collecting islands, which tends to leave a big hole in the ocean. To prevent the shrunken island from falling into the hole, the shrink ray used the Gravity Floccinaucinihilipilificationator to create an anti-gravity field around the target, lifting it up to the airship and protecting it from the in-rushing seawater. At least, that's the story.

Wooden Flowers

Wooden Flower

Each wooden flower is hand-made from copper and wood. The petals are made from either maple or purpleheart, while the base is made from cedar. These are currently out of stock, but will be available for sale once the new batch is finished.