Steampunk’d Stars at SPWF!

You’ve seen the TV show…now meet some of the contestants in person! Stoking The Fires of Inspiration, The Steampunk World’s Fair is thrilled to welcome the inspiring talents of Steampunk’d judges and contestants…
Check back as we add more guests and surprises!


Thomas Willeford

Thomas Dean Willeford is a steampunk writer, artist, and maker. He is particularly known for his work appearing on television, his book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos, and his company Brute Force Studios.
Willeford 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. He is a contributor to Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City and was a judge on Game Show Network’s Steampunk’d.

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Tayliss Forge

Tayliss is a cosplay model and artisan crafter. She was also a contestant on the show “Steampunk’d.” A majority of her time is spent making costumes and accessories for her online business: Nonconformity Accessories. She loves leather-working and creating corsets, bracers, purses, etc. She also enjoys making replicas of props, jewelry, and clothing from movies, TV shows, anime, video games, or board games. She often attends anime and comic conventions where she wears her costumes. Most of her costumes are heavily influenced by steampunk and Victorian fashion.

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Karianne Gottschalk

Karianne aka Versidian is a very dedicated artist. It got her a spot on the reality TV show, “Steampunk’d” by being involved with many artistic mediums and especially her skills with leather.

She’s been a leather worker for 10 years and specializes in leather masks which has won her many awards and publishings.
She started her business, Versidian Armory in 2010 which she now Co-Owns with Ross Trumbauer.
They specialize in Leather masks, bags, purses, armor, holsters, jewelry etc.

Karianne came across Steampunk back in 2004 and has been obsessed ever since. She continues to attend as many shows, conventions, and festivals as much as possible to be a part of the community and teach classes on leather making.

Her goal is to build her very own steampunk pirate ship tiny house. With this she can permanently travel making, learning, and teaching wherever she can.

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Ross Trumbauer
Ross Trumbauer has been heavily involved with the Detroit steampunk scene since 2009.  He has been a model for steampunk clothing lines as well as leather steampunk armor.  He has been a leather crafter for 6 years and specializes in armor, bracers and holsters.

He and his girlfriend, Karianne Gottschalk travel the States and Canada with their business, Versidian Armory making, selling, and commissioning leather goods.


Tobias McCurry

Tobias McCurry is a young and ambitious Jack of All Trades nerd out of Seattle, WA. Tobias is one part Costumer, three parts Performer, and a whole lot of Live Action Roleplayer. Having been involved in various fandoms and events since 2009, Tobias has become a staple of Steampunk and shenanigans.

As a costumer, Tobias prefers to keep his materials as close to reality as possible, often incorporating various leathers and metals. He also specializes in creating contact-safe foam boffer weapons for LARP games, as well as props that help flesh out quality storytelling for a myriad of fictional worlds.

Enjoying the aspects of performance and community inclusiveness involved in his line of work, he is primarily known for his appearances on GSN’s reality show series Steampunk’d, his presence in the Live Action Roleplaying community, and for his Steampunk “Spring-Heeled Jack” stilt-walking kit.

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Charles Mason

My name is Charles E. Mason II. I am the first born of eight children, six brothers and one sister. I grew up in Canoga Park CA, played football for William Howard Taft High school for 4 years where I was given the honor of becoming a member of the Los Angeles High School All City Football Team of 1997. After high school I decided to pursue my dreams and my true passion, to become a Special Effects Makeup Artist.

 My first position was working with the visionary Screaming Mad George known for the special effects in the movie “Big Trouble in Little China” and many other movies.  Check  the following site for a list of  Screaming Mad George movies (.After my run with Screaming Mad GeorgeI  moved on to Global Effects (), a company specializing in outfitting uniforms and equipment for astronaut effects.  I then moved on to the world of special effects prosthetics working with the inspirational and incredible Mike Mcgee at Alex In Wonderland (). I learned many of my artistic skills from my employment with these companies. I decided to leave Hollywood for new adventures.

 I moved to Portland OR where would fuse my Hollywood artistic skills with my new craft. I attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, with my specialty being baking and pastry. During the past ten years I have pushed  myself to reformulate cakes into works of art. My gingerbread cakes are out of this world creating two sided castles, pirate ship, and even an old steam train. While the baking is fun and I will always love creating baked works of art, it does not fill my heart like creating objects in the Steampunk design.

 As long as I can remember I have loved making things from what is around me, from junk to broken toys. Steampunk is in my blood and I am fulfilling another dream by sharing my passion and creativity with all people. The characters I create are unique and they each have a story to tell.  My character to the left is Krank Shaft, the weapons engineer.  Other characters I have created include:”Kog 10,500″, The Gate Builder….My new “Neptunian” suit and my version of “The Plague Doctor”.

 My ideas come to me during my meditation sessions. Meditation opens me up into a deeply creative space that is part of my very core. This adds to the uniquely creative design of my creations.

 I am also pleased that I was chosen as one of ten artists to participate in the first ever Steampunk design show, “Steampunk’D”. The first episode of “Steampunk’D” aired on the GSN Network on August 19 of 2015. Watch it, enjoy it and have fun.

 I have created Lord Mason’s Extraordinary Designs to share my passion and my vision of Steampunk. My creations are unique, thoughtfully designed, cleverly crafted and very well made. I will provide you with an epic piece of art at all times.

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James Neathery

James Neathery lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Sara and their two children. He began working on small leather projects as a hobby in early 2011, focusing on steampunk and dieselpunk, and founded Starboard Sky that summer. Since then, James has moved from small leather projects into other areas such as armor, electronics, metalwork, and fabrication, but he is probably best known for his hand crafted leather watches. His goal is to make “everyday steampunk” – stylish items that are suited for nearly any budget, but with quality to last a lifetime. His work landed him a spot on the TV series “Steampunk’d,” where 10 makers battled it out for $100,000 by making steampunk creations out of everyday items and repurposed parts. His work has been featured in many steampunk publications and forums, and several of his items have been on display at the AACA museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. You can see James’s work at www.starboardsky.com and follow him at www.facebook.com/StarboardSkyLeatherworks and on Instagram @starboardskyleather.

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Sara Neathery
Steampunk maker, artist, and model Sara Neathery was born and grew up in rural McMinnville, Tennessee. In 2011 she married her husband James Neathery, who had long loved the steampunk aesthetic and introduced her to the world of clockworks, cogs, and airships.

In 2012 that she sported her first pair of goggles in a Steampunk photoshoot which led to her landing the covers of the award winning Steampunk anthology books, Capes & Clockwork Superheroes in the Age of Steam Vols. 1&2.

Some of her talents include costuming, jewelry making, creating sculptures, and working in the antique restoration industry.

Sara resides in Nashville, TN where she lives with her two children and husband, James. On any given day you can find her in her work space, creating new Steampunk themed pieces of art, posing in front of a camera, or wrangling kids.