Rudy Kouhoupt was fond of using found objects as the basis for some of his projects. In this example, he used a brass vase from an antique store as the frame for a coke bottle style steam engine. Having a cylinder bore of 7/8”, and a piston stroke of 1-1/4”, this ornate double-acting steam engine is both attractive and powerful.
All parts were fabricated, except the frame of the engine, which Rudy machined from a cast brass bud vase. It took some interesting milling machine work to make the engine from a vase!