Some people are working this Good Friday, while others won’t be (and are probably going to have a Great Friday).
For those of us who WILL be working, it’s good to have a list of shops open. Some people will be open for half days (leaving after lunch) so we have split up the list into two with partials closing around lunchtime.
A cowboy is racing towards a small shack on his trusty stead, being chased by God knows what. He jumps off and runs into the humble structure; the door isn’t even locked. Pulling on a seemingly random series of wooden panels on the wall a hole and staircase appear below. He presses a button in the stairwell as he descends, once again hiding the secret entrance. As we enter below the camera peels away to look around the room. Computer control panels, half completed robots, and futuristic weaponry abound.
Steampunk is a sci-fi fantasy genre often placed in a Victorian or Wild West setting. Generally it is a period setting with one minor change. Machines wilder than the imagination exist and generally work off of steam power.
It has gathered popularity over recent years, though existing for decades, becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. But where on Earth do you find a source to dress and decorate such a scene? Who has the gizmos and hand props? I’ll bet Debbies Book can help.
Sword & Stone
The craftsmen over at Sword & Stone are unparalleled when it comes to both their talent and experience with The Industry. If you need something to be crafted they have the know-how. One thing they aren’t often touted for, however, is their large inventory of items for sale (and rent too if you need to).
The Rational Past
If you need period scientific equipment these guys are a must. From industrial antiques to pocket watches, gauges and drafting equipment they’ve got you covered. They are really a great spot, I love unique businesses.
Lux Lounge EFR
It’s rare for an event company to have steampunk styles, but Lux Lounge does. Steampunk sofas, chairs, banquetes and even chandeliers. If you need a large room (or an event) filled, they’ve got you covered so you don’t lose any steam putting everything together.
A little gem in Santa Monica with quite an array of unique items. Aviation models, goggles, copper ring towers and all manner of quack medical equipment not to mention motorized gear units, control panels and tesla coils. This place was serving steampunk as rentals long before the term was really even popularized. They went under the radar for a few years but are certainly back up and running and ready for the task.
History for Hire
If it’s older than new, they’ve got it and (especially when working with period pieces) you won’t regret swinging by to find much of what you need.
One of the kings of miscellaneous, the crew over at LCW is always happy to get to you what you need. They have plenty of control panels and aerospace equipment, plus things you probably didn’t even realize you want.
N.S. Aerospace Props
Rocket parts, hydraulic hoses, flow control valves and so many other parts. They have the large assortment of parts and pieces that could make anyone drool (if they drooled over aerospace parts).
Warner Bros. Studios Property Department
Remember Wild Wild West? Guess where quite a bit of those items went? That’s right, a classic steampunk movie has some of it’s pieces right in the heart of the studio lot.
Master blacksmith Tony Swatton started Sword & Stone (aka The Sword and the Stone) over 15 years ago and has since forged (yes, I had to get that in there!) the business into a trusted source for handcrafted, historically accurate pieces.
Tony’s created weapons and armor for the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Constantine, Blade: Trinity, Beowulf, Hellboy… the list is long. You’ll also find props and costumes for rent. Whether for a production or private collector, Sword & Stone will custom design and forge the perfect piece.
From buckles to swords, unique weapons to armor and chainmail, Sword & Stone‘s inventory is always fun to peruse. What would make it even more fun though? What if there was a holiday sale?
If you can make it over to their shop on Saturday, December 13th, then you will have a chance to do just that, take advantage of their holiday sale! It’s a perfect time to get your holiday gifts, including for yourself.
As a quick aside, guess who got married!
Why Tony [middle] of course! He is now happily married to Karen Cope [left], a sculptor who owns Cope Studios. I stopped by his smithy to give him a congratulatory hug, but I also wanted to check out what he has been working on lately. Plus it gave me a chance to share some photos with you guys!
Getting ready for Comic-Con this week? Even if you don’t know what Comic-Con is you need to check out Tony Swatton of Sword & Stone in his new webseries ‘Man At Arms’.
Whether it’s Gimli’s axe from Lord of the Rings, Oddjob’s Hat from Goldfinger, or Jaime Lanister’s Sword from Game of Thrones Tony Swatton can make it (and has before). An expert blacksmith specializing in armor, weaponry, and props for the Industry Tony can make your dream sword become a reality.
He has a show now going into it’s second season, his webseries “Man at Arms“. You can check out his latest video right here:
You’ve seen the Capital One commercials with all those Vikings running amuck. But did you know that Tony Swatton of Sword & Stone leads a band of Vikings and Valkyries called the Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings? These Norse are dining enthusiasts, so don’t be surprised if you’re sitting down to a feast and find a few hungry Vikings at the next table.
Norse Hollywood Vikings may be his part-time pleasure, but Sword & Stone is Tony’s full-time passion.
As a master blacksmith, he’s established Sword & Stone as a full service blacksmith shop and trusted source for handcrafted, historically accurate pieces, custom designed for the needs of creative directors. You’ll find custom-made arms, armor and props for TV and film, as well as the avid collector.