A keyboard for President McKinley
Jake von Slatt's keyboard is a classic among steampunk projects, with every detail looking like it was plucked from an 1890s hardware store. He started by stripping a vintage 1980s IBM Model M keyboard to the basics, then put in a perforated black felt mat and glued on key caps cannibalized from two antique typewriters.
Using a combination of old-school handwork and modern power tools, Jake made the device's elegant brass frame, intricately machined side inserts and matching tripod feet. All told, it is such a work of industrial art that it seems a shame to pound on it when typing an email.