Kathy & Shannon O'Hare and Kimric Smythe will be guests on an upcoming episode of Jay Leno's Garage which features the Airship, Kristie's Flyer, the Wine Trike, and a number of other steampunk designed vehicles from other fabricators. They just returned from filming this week and the show should air sometime in April or May. We will update you as we get firm details. They had a wonderful time with Jay and his crew who were very professional and made them feel at home among all the steam powered vehicles and engines.
Off to more adventures! The crew of Obtainium Works are building new vehicles and running several events!
- March 17: The 6th Anniversary Fundraiser, Dinner and a Show! Featuring a new mystery play!
- July 21-22: Obtainium Cup and Art Car Jam
- November 10-11: Vallejo Open Studios
- December 1: 9th Annual Mad Hatter Parade & Festival
The #ArtofPeace project was started in memory of Robby Poblete who lost his life to gun violence in Vallejo. His mother faced with overwhelming grief started the The Robby Poblete Foundation to turn tragedy into hope.
The exhibit will open in the spring and is all about transformation. Artists have now been chosen to take confiscated weapons and turn them into pieces that will inspire and educate. For many this journey is personal.
Some of the weapons came from a gun buyback with the Vallejo Police Department. The Richmond Police Department also donated confiscated weapons and @alameda county is also signing up to get involved. Thanks as well to Omnific Pictures Director TJ Walkup for help with video for this story.
Found this recent article about our famous house:
The Vintage News: Steampunk triumphs in the Neverwas Haul, a Victorian house on wheels inspired by science fiction novels
This article is mostly accurate, and contains some new photos not seen before.
The San Francisco Chronicle stopped by the other day and interviewed the crew of Obtainium Works as part of a larger feature about the growing arts scene in Vallejo. Much of the verbage came straight from our website!
SFGATE: Makers, painters, steampunk bohemians all flock to Vallejo’s eclectic art scene
Once Again, the local newspaper covers our wacky little adventures!
Vallejo Times-Herald, "Art Car Jam kicks off Obtainium weekend in Vallejo
Once again, Obtainium Works is a featured Maker at the 2017 MAKER FAIRE! Come see us on May 20-21 and our latest creation: the London Speedster! (any resemblance to another contraption is pure coincidence!)
The new event schedule is now available for 2017!
April 14: 5th Anniversary party at the Empress Theatre! (Premiere of "Vintage Tomorrows" documentary featuring Obtainium Works!)
May 19-21: Maker Faire at San Mateo Fairgrounds
July 4th: Parade in downtown Vallejo
July 22-23: Obtainium Cup & Art Car Jam
August 28-Sept 1: Burning Man in Nevada
October 28-29: Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
December 2: Mad Hatter Holiday Parade
All events are in Vallejo, California unless otherwise posted.
As usual, the shop is open on Sundays for work days and tours.
The Mad Hatter Festival in Vallejo gets “curiouser and curiouser” every year.
The Festival is an amalgamation of all sorts of creative expression, from art cars, to singers, to dancing Spanish horses doing the polka; to a 12-foot high, 20-foot long mechanical rhinoceros that shoots flames out of its tusk.
Oh and Santa, of course.
OH NO! NOT ANOTHER HALLOWEEN SHOW!
Yes! That's right! For two nights only! It's a scary variation on the classic Sherlock Holmes story: "The Hound of the Hibernians, A Murder Mystery" will shock you and possibly get slobbered upon! Ewww! Plus if you arrive early, there will be a 1920's themed SpookEasy Haunted House for the whole family!
Dates: October 29 & 30th, 2016
Haunted House: 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Dinner and Show: 7:30pm to 11:00pm (Showtime: 9:00pm)
Show only: 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Haunted House: $5.00 (pay at the door)
Appetizers, Cocktails, Dinner, and Show: $35
Show only: $15
Obtainium Works likes Bob! We want to support his bid for Vallejo Mayor this election season by throwing him a fundraiser party! In proper Obtainium Style, of course! So put on your loudest Hawaiian shirt and join the luau at the TIKI PARTY FUNDRAISER at Obtainium Works Studio!
Date: June 25th, 2016
Location: Obtainium Works, 510 Pennsylvania Ave., Vallejo, CA
Admission: $35 suggested donation
- Chow on grilled Mahi-Mahi, fried rice, finger munchies and more.
- Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a week in Hawaii.
- Be there for the Diversitycab art car unveiling.
Holy Cow! The steampunk documentary "Vintage Tomorrows," produced and directed by Byrd McDonald and host by our very own Mr. James Carrott, has been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn film for global distribution!
"The movie includes a collection of Steampunk’s pioneering voices, including writers William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, China Miéville, Cherie Priest, Gail Carriger; graphic novelists Paul Guignon and Anina Bennett; musicians Abney Park and Erica “Unwoman” Mulkey; and artists Shannon O’Hare and the Neverwas Haul gang."
Found this photographer's website which covered the 2010 Neverwas Haul Fundraiser for Burning Man at the Shipyard in Berkeley. Ahh, those were fun times!
Come celebrate the madness of contraptions!
It's 5th celebration of the opening of Obtainium Works in Vallejo! Enjoy the music, fanfare, food and drink for only $35/pp.
Special guests -
Litz the SF Opera Lady, O Happy Dagger, and DJ Grego with Karaoke until late into the evening! There also will be fire! <FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!>
Where: Obtainium Works, 510 Pennsylvania St., Vallejo, CA
When: Saturday, March 26, 2016 (6pm – Midnight)
Price: $35/per person; over 21 only
For more information, call 925-254-7643
*Note: please do not leave valuables in your vehicles
Thanks to Sparky Jewell for his expert drone videography for capturing the crew assembling the Neverwas Haul at its temporary home at the Duck Club, just outside of Vallejo.
VALLEJO — A subtle dig at Donald Trump, a pedal-powered land shark, complete with camouflage, and a horseless carriage 2.0 were just some of the contraptions that surfaced at Sunday’s Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally on Mare Island.
The fourth annual race, which was a four-mile route, is all about pedal power. Racers also encountered zombies, flying monkeys (stuffed animals) and a Mad Hatter tea party along the route.
A flying monkey stood on a street corner as an over-sized white cat passed by, pursued by a giant purple octopus. It sounds like something straight out of a child’s nightmare, but it was actually the glorious start to the Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally on Sunday in Vallejo.